A great day of fun and educational activities aimed at looking at the importance of equality
The only way to stamp out racism is to educate people and to have the hunger for more knowledge – these young people certainly had that’
Nearly 200 pupils from a Swansea Comprehensive took part in an action packed day looking at the importance of equality in society.
The youngsters, from Morriston Comprehensive, attended an hour long workshop with Show Racism the Red Card in small groups before taking part in drama, football and rugby skills sessions.
They also got to meet Swansea City’s newest signing Darnel Situ, who came along to talk to the young people about his own experiences of racism. The French Youth international defender also posed for pictures with the pupils and staff.
Even the wet weather couldn’t stop the young people from having a fantastic day as they rubbed shoulders with coaches from both the FAW and The Neath Swansea Ospreys.
Former Cardiff City striker and SRtRC Worker Christian Roberts admitted that the pupils made the day into a great success ‘The heavens opened but that didn’t dampen their spirits. They were great throughout, always looking to ask questions and increase their knowledge. The only way to stamp out racism is to educate people and to have the hunger for more knowledge – these young people certainly had that’
Alongside getting some top quality coaching the pupils also looked at issues such as stereotyping, prejudice, the media and terminology during the 60 min interactive sessions.
It’s hoped the day will act as a catalyst for Show Racism the Red Card’s work in the Swansea area. At the moment there are no funding agreements in place and even though the charity do deliver limited numbers of workshops in Swansea feel the area would benefit from a more structured approach.
‘We are passionate about bringing this education to as many young people as possible across Wales. From the feedback we’ve had from teachers in Swansea it’s clear that this approach works and is desperately needed. Now that the city has a first class football team it also needs a first class approach to racism education’ said Education Coordinator Simon Richards.
Kerry Rogers, Performing arts teacher at Morriston, who organised the day felt the young people benefited greatly, ‘Racism is totally unacceptable in today’s society. I believe that it is our duty to educate our students about racism and the effects it can have by hearing from those with first-hand experience.’.