The North East team's newest recruit talks about her role so far.
"One of the main reasons I wanted to work for SRtRC is the belief that racism can and should be combated through education. I wanted to be part of a movement that seeks to make a positive impact in society."
Rosie Ferries, North East Education Worker
When I arrived at Show Racism the Red Card for my first day, I was a mix of nerves and excitement; unsure what to expect in my new role as an Education Worker. Laura (the Education Manager) warmly greeted me in reception before showing me to my new office. I quickly got acquainted with other members of the team who made me feel incredibly welcome and at ease. I thought to myself how wonderful it was to be surrounded by people who shared my passion for equality and anti-racism. Once settled at my desk, I noticed a framed picture of Martin Luther King above me. It was right there and then I knew I was in the right place.
Over the course of the week, I was to participate in a number of workshops with young people and adults. As a newbie, most of my time was spent observing the sessions and taking notes. However, as the week progressed, I found myself itching to take part and help with the delivery of some of the activities. I eased myself in by joining in with group discussions about stereotyping. I was struck by the young people’s self-reflexivity and willingness to engage with difficult issues. Equally, some of the more extreme ideas articulated in the workshops reaffirmed to me the importance of our work, and the continuation of racism and anti-racism education in schools.
Out of all the week’s workshops, my favourite day was spent at a small primary school in Gateshead. Richard Offiong (Education Worker / Fitness Coach) delivered the workshops to year 5’s and 6’s, who seemed in awe of his entertaining and inspiring approach. The young people showed a genuine enthusiasm to learn and share their ideas. The success of the day was also cemented by the fantastic lunch provided by the school! One of the many perks of being an Education Worker for SRtRC…school dinners!
One of the main reasons I wanted to work for SRtRC is the belief that racism can and should be combated through education. I wanted to be part of a movement that seeks to make a positive impact in society. Since my first week, my understanding of racism and anti-racism education has vastly expanded. I now feel confident to deliver certain aspects of the workshops in schools and take part in SRtRC events. If the rest of my time with SRtRC reflects my first week, I am certain that the future will be full of exciting and rewarding experiences.