The Show Racism the Red Card Community Education Team in Scotland is continuing to deliver on seven current successful local authority partnerships in this current school year.
Red Card Community Education Workers and Ex-pro football coaches have been travelling throughout Scotland delivering programmes of educational workshops to school pupils and inspirational teacher training events with primary and secondary Teaching Professionals and support staff funded in whole by the Local Authorities.
This current school year the team has spent time delivering local authority funded programmes in City of Edinburgh, West Lothian, Perth and Kinross, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and South Ayrshire.
Some recent highlights include a whole day of anti-sectarianism and anti-racism education in Burnhouse School in West Lothian which supports young people who are experiencing challenges in a mainstream school setting. The input took place with full time and part time students complimented by an adult education session that was attended by staff, parents and key individuals from supporting agencies like the police and social work. This type of whole day event was a first for the team in Scotland and something we would like to do again.
“A relaxed yet informative approach which involved all and ensured quality discussion with regard to some of the issues surrounding racism. The group exercises were well thought out and encouraged discussion” (Teacher Burnhouse School)
The Show Racism he Red card team also delivered its first workshops combating the Far Right in Belmont Academy South Ayrshire which took place in January. The team spent a whole day working with upper secondary pupils studying towards their highers and advanced higher exams.
“The opportunity to work with young people in upper secondary presents itself less frequently so the chance to work with the higher and advanced higher pupils at Belmont Academy was a real pleasure. The discussion that was generated and the young people’s participation was excellent. I was particularly impressed with the level of knowledge on Far Right Groups like the English and Scottish Defense Leagues and their visibility in Scottish Society” (Dee Kinning, Education Coordinator SRtRC)
A real highlight for this year was the recent anti-racism educational event in March opened by Cllr Archie Mclellan Chair of the Equality and Diversity Member Office Group which took place in the new Chambers in Perth and Kinross attended by primary pupils from St John’s Academy.
This event was in celebration of the continuing partnership working between Show Racism the Red Card and Perth and Kinross Council, a relationship that has flourished over the last eight years and can boast cross party support within P&K and continued commitment from the Local Authority.
Young people took part in activities promoting anti-racism and equality for all and had the opportunity to view the newest Show Racism the Red Card film and take part in their very own press conference with VIP’s form Perth and Kinross and ex-pro Red Card Coaches. The panel included Sheena Devlin, Head of Primary Education, Cllr Douglas Povar, Convener of the Community Safety Partnership, Steve Lomas, Manager of St Johnstone FC and current first team St Johnstone player David Robertson as well as Ex-Rangers Player Derek Ferguson and ex-Dunfermline Player Steven Bell.
“The Event Showcased the excellent work being done with our young people and the councilors were delighted to be able to take part with the youngsters who were as enthusiastic as ever” (Cllr Douglas Povar)
Dee Kinning, Education Coordinator for Show Racism the Red Card Scotland said “The Council funded partnerships are an integral part of the campaigns activity. The opportunity to meet so many young people and teaching professionals to support them in their journey of promoting equality and proliferate the anti-racism and anti-sectarianism message is only possible through the local authorities who champion the work the campaign carries out. We look forward to continuing the relationships we have with current local authorities and making new relationships in the future”
Show Racism the Red Card Scotland is looking to create new local authority funded partnerships with councils for the new school year commencing Aug 2013. If any Local Authorities are interested in finding out how programmes can be tailored to meet their needs please contact Dee Kinning on 0141 222 2058 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured above: young people from St John's Academy, councillors, Show Racism the Red Card Coach Derek Ferguson and St Johnstone FC player David Robertson.