New education pack designed to challenge the growing presence of far right attitudes and activity amongst young people launched in the North East
“The last few days have shown that now more than ever there should be ‘No Place for Hate’ in our country. There are many reasons that people are drawn to extreme behaviour and racism, this education pack has been created to support anybody looking to open discussion about such issues."
Laura Pidcock, Show Racism the Red Card Education Worker and Editor of ‘No Place for Hate’
Yesterday (23rd May) saw the regional launch of Show Racism the Red Card’s new educational resource ‘No Place for Hate’ at UNISON’s North East Headquarters in Newcastle.
‘No Place for Hate’ is a dynamic, engaging and informative resource which provides a backdrop against which young people can safely discuss political and social issues including immigration, and is a platform for empowering teachers and educators to address far right attitudes among pupils.
The pack is a key component in a two year programme in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) aimed at challenging contemporary racisms and educating about the dangers of far right groups.
Show Racism the Red Card was delighted to be able to draw on the support of long standing partners UNISON, who invited representatives from across the region to observe keynote speeches from the organisation’s Education Team.
The event was also supported by young people from John Spence Community High School who provided insight into the impact of the campaign’s educational work and gave personal accounts of the ways in which they were challenge to think about racism, stereotyping and messages from the media.
The launch was concluded with a moving personal testimony from former Newcastle United star and Show Racism the Red Card educational worker Olivier Bernard who spoke about his experiences of racism in both France and England, and of the positive impact of education on the attitudes of young people.
Speaking at the event, Show Racism the Red Card Education Worker and Editor of ‘No Place for Hate’Laura Pidcock stressed the importance and relevance of supporting young people and providing them with the necessary tools to challenge extremist views and attitudes:
“The last few days have shown that now more than ever there should be ‘No Place for Hate’ in our country. There are many reasons that people are drawn to extreme behaviour and racism, this education pack has been created to support anybody looking to open discussion about such issues.
“I urge everybody who has the opportunity to encourage discussion in a safe environment with young people to use this pack as support.”
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone who came out to support the launch of ‘No Place for Hate’, with special thanks extended to Regional Convener of UNISON Clare Williams and all at UNISON for their ongoing support. Thank you to the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) for making the production of this educational resource and the programme of work possible.