Eleri spent the last week with the SRtRC Wales team and has shared her experiences below!
"On the Thursday I attended a workshop held in St Thomas Primary School in Swansea with sessional coach Steve Jenkins. I was surprised how much the kids were interested and tried to answer nearly every question that Steve had."
From the 6th – 10th of July 2015, I spent my week of work experience in Cardiff with the SRtRC Wales team. On the Monday and Tuesday we made wall hangers, we had to make them to send to all the primary schools in Wales. It was quite hectic but we managed to get 300 done in 3 hours. Over 2 days we managed to finish about 1,000 wall hangers. But it wasn’t all boring doing wall hangers, we had little breaks when our fingers would cramp. And we had some motivational music in the background and Wimbledon tennis. I really enjoyed making the wall hangers I love little things like that.
The two days went very quick and before I knew it was Wednesday. On Wednesday I went to a meeting with Ian and in the afternoon I was in the office watching SRtRC educational films to help my understanding of what they do as a charity. I watched Anti-Racism Education film, Islamophobia, A safe place and Homophobia. It really helped me understand the bad things that people can say can hurt others so we should be careful what we say to others because we wouldn’t like to be on the receiving end.
On the Thursday I attended a workshop held in St Thomas Primary School in Swansea with sessional coach Steve Jenkins. The day was split in half so in the morning we had ¾ of year 6 and then in the afternoon we had ¼ of year 6 and year 5. I was surprised how much the kids were interested and tried to answer nearly every question that Steve had.
We started the morning off with Steve doing a presentation and explaining the 4 points to racism to the year 6 class. And I think most of the children were surprised that there were points to racism. The 4 points are skin colour, nationality, religion and culture. Steve asked the class what nationalities there is, what religions there are and what culture is and the children answered very good with this. We then did 2 activities. One of the activities was to do with stereotypes and the children had to match a picture with a name. The names included tattoo artist, doctor, gypsy traveller, billionaire etc. The pictures included a man covered in tattoos, Zlatan Ibrahimović etc. And most of the children stereotyped the man covered in tattoos that he was the tattoo artist but in fact he was the doctor. So it was very interesting to see what they stereotyped the people to be. We also talked about what words are wrong to use and which are right to use e.g black or coloured. Black would be considered the better word to be used and so on. We then went outside and did some fun ball games with the children to end the morning session.
In the afternoon of the workshop we did the same thing as the morning but in the afternoon there was less time so we only had time for Steve to do the presentation on racism to the year 5/6 group, 1 activity and some fun ball games outside in the sun which was great fun and the children enjoyed.