Acting on an initiative introduced by football clubs throughout the country, Kinross High School ‘showed racism the red card’ in a one-day event, involving the whole school.
Acting on an initiative introduced by football clubs throughout the country, Kinross High School ‘showed racism the red card’ in a one-day event, involving the whole school on the 01st of September. The aim of the event was to promote equality and fairness and to raise awareness of cultural diversity.
The programme began with morning lessons on an anti-racism theme being taught in all subjects. In the afternoon, pupils took part in various workshops. These included: A “World Cup” Football Tournament, African Drumming, Bollywood and Bangra, Black History Month and Love Music, Hate Racism. A film entitled Show Racism The Red Card was shown to all pupils, followed by a question and answer session panelled by guests including Murray Davidson from St Johnstone FC and Tommy Breslin and Atta Yaqub from Show Racism The Red Card.
To further add to the sense of community and inclusivity, all pupils and staff sported a T-shirt specially designed for the event by Jenny Dunne, a second year pupil at Kinross High. Jenny’s design won a competition run by the school’s art department.
In order to make the idea of the event a reality, the school’s Equalities Group have had to explore every possible avenue in the search of funding. However a substantial amount was raised by the pupils themselves through Non-Uniform Days and fun events including a Treasure Hunt, along with generous donations from The Parent Council, Youth Justice and local businesses.
In bringing together pupils, staff and representatives from the wider community, the event encapsulated some of the core objectives of The Curriculum for Excellence. As part of an on-going programme, events of this type are crucial in preparing our young people to become responsible citizens who are able to contribute effectively in today’s global, multi-cultural society.
Source: Kinross High School