Students from Ray Lodge Primary School in Essex have inspiring day learning about anti-racism in our workshops.
Racism is not only words. I now know that how you act and behave can also be hurtful to people. I enjoyed the workshop, especially the faces game!
Jariah Kanyke, 10
The South England SRtRC team recently visited Ray Lodge Primary School in Woodford, Essex.
Nishat Choudhry, Head of Ethnic Minority Achievers, found that since being in post somewhat a year, there was a real need for key anti-racist messages to be given to the children within the school.
“We had a number of racist incidents in the Autumn term and they were on the increase. There were some children who were re-offending and as a school we feel that this is not acceptable. We wanted to show our children the effects of racism so we attended the SRtRC workshop in Dagenham and Redbridge FC which had a huge impact on those that attended; they came back feeling extremely empowered and led assemblies to the rest of the school. As a result we decided it would be beneficial to run these workshops across Key Stage 2 to really help them understand that racism is a criminal offence”.
The education workshops are designed to be age specific and provide young people with the opportunity to learn about the cause and effect of racist actions through the power of football. The learning process involves pupils engaging in discussion as well as fun practical based activities within a safe environment.
The education workers on the day were Steve Kabba (Former Watford, Sheffield United and Barnet striker), Manisha Tailor (FA coach, tutor and academy scout) and Osei Sankofa (Former Charlton and Southend defender). Osei spoke of the personal satisfaction this role can bring, “the most rewarding thing is speaking to young people and showing them a different perspective. Within this role I have the opportunity to speak about sensitive issues in a non-judgemental environment”. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt valuable lessons in relation to stereotypes.
“You can’t judge a person without talking to them and learning about them (Haris Chaudhry, 11).
“If you see someone, don’t judge them on appearance. Ask questions to get to know them” (Nazli Degmenlibey, 11) .
“Racism is not only words. I now know that how you act and behave can also be hurtful to people. I enjoyed the workshop, especially the faces game!” (Jariah Kanyke, 10).
They learnt about empathy and acknowledged how actions and behaviours can hurt others.
Racism is a criminal offence and should not be tolerated. The great work being done by the team at SRtRC is extremely important to the cause – education is pivotal in creating positive change.“Children now have a wider understanding of the term ‘racism’ as before they thought it was just verbal abuse based only on skin colour. Many in this class have experienced it and not even realised. This workshop has most definitely had a positive impact on their understanding and Steve, Osei and Manisha were excellent. I would highly recommend other schools to get on board with Show Racism the Red Card (Lindsay Hill, Year 5 class teacher).