Show Racism the Red Card Scotland are currently attracting Local Authority Partnerships for delivery of anti-racism workshops with children and young people and anti-racism, children’s rights and equality training with Teachers and school support staff.
“Show Racism the Red Card is an important tool for schools in the promotion of equality and Getting it Right for Every Child. It links well with Rights Respecting Schools and the broad equality agenda which sits within health and wellbeing in the Curriculum for Excellence."
Phyllis Wood, Quality Improvement Manager, West Lothian Council
Since 2003, The Campaign in Scotland has supported a number of Scottish Local Authorities in formal partnerships to meet equalities requirements relating to the protected characteristics of ethnicity & race and religion & belief. Our partners have said of our work:
“Show Racism the Red Card is an important tool for schools in the promotion of equality and Getting it Right for Every Child. It links well with Rights Respecting Schools and the broad equality agenda which sits within health and wellbeing in the Curriculum for Excellence. By undertaking and evaluating the activities, young people’s attitudes, knowledge and understanding, can be assessed against the relevant experiences and outcomes” (Phyllis Wood, Quality Improvement Manager, West Lothian Council)
Show Racism the Red card is the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity with two decades of experience working in formal educational settings. The Campaign aim is to advance equality of opportunity for BME communities across Scotland by providing expert participative anti-racism educational opportunities for children and young people which challenge misinformation and prejudiced thoughts that in turn can assist to reduce discriminatory action.
No child is born racist. Prejudice is learned from a variety of sources and from very early in life and it is important to be aware of this when approaching value laden subjects such as challenging racism and religious bigotry. The Red Card team are professionals in providing transformational educational opportunities which are sensitive and appropriate to the level and pace children and young people require.
Gordon Allport (1954) in ‘The Nature of prejudice’ examined values in younger children and concluded that what is familiar to us tends to become our values. As early as the age of five a child is capable of understanding that they are a member of an ‘Ethnic’ identification. Rather than familiarity breeding contempt the customs and the people we grow up with are seen as valued and anything that deviates from that norm we may view as being less desirable.
This can leave an indelible mark on an individual’s world view and their opinion of which individuals or communities have worth. It also leaves young people open to the negative impact of Islamophobic and anti-migrant rhetoric coming from our mainstream media and far right political agendas.
Rather than seeking to counter young people’s misinformation with raw statistics and facts the Show Racism the Red Card community education team endeavour to start where young people are and encourage critical thought and reflection.
Matthew Lipman in his 1991 work, ‘Thinking in education’ explains that the application of the principles of Philosophy for Children (P4C) as an important pedagogy. Encouraging children to think for themselves and apply critical thought assists them to be more reason(able).
The underlying principles of P4C form the basis of SRtRC’s educational workshops and programmes which aim to empower young people to answer their own important life questions.
If you would like to find out more about our educational workshops for primary and secondary children and young people or our teacher/adult training opportunities, please contact Dee Matthew, Education Coordinator for Show Racism the Red Card in Scotland on 0141 222 2058 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org