Show Racism the Red Card’s North East Education Team are delighted to confirm that anti-racism education will continue to be available free at the point of access to primary and secondary schools in South Tyneside after South Tyneside Council took the decision to continue funding Show Racism the Red Card.
The Council and SRtRC have been working in partnership for over 10 years; ensuring that vital anti-racism education is available to young people throughout South Tyneside via their schools. The funding provided by the council enables SRtRC to deliver dedicated two-hour anti-racism workshops to young people which explore the development and impact of stereotypes and assumptions and the relationship between these and the development of racist ideas and attitudes.
The workshops also explore the history of racism throughout the world and support the development of critical thinking skills and an understanding the concept of an accurate world view. The classroom-based activity is delivered alongside fitness fun sessions carried out by a number of former professional footballers working for Show Racism the Red Card including former Sunderland AFC captain Gary Bennett, former Newcastle United full back Oliver Bernard and former Middlesbrough FC defender Dean Gordon.
Speaking about the confirmation of funding for the coming year, SRtRC North East Education Team Manager James Kingett said “We are delighted that South Tyneside Council have taken the decision to fund anti-racism education for a further 12 months.”
“At a time when all local authority budgets are subject to extremely challenging cuts, it is fantastic that the council have recognised the importance of ensuring that young people have an opportunity to explore the issue of racism and its impacts in a safe and non-judgmental environment, especially in the context of local, national and international events and politics in 2018.”
“Throughout the 22 year history of SRtRC, the workshops have had a demonstrable impact in shaping young people’s understand of issues including identity and have had a positive impact on their understanding of acceptable language and the impact of racism on individuals.”
“We believe that this funding will benefit the young people in South Tyneside in a very positive way, and would like to thank Teresa Race of South Tyneside Council for her role in helping to secure the funding.”