Manisha Tailor and Clint Easton lead workshops on equality and diversity
Many thanks to Herts for Learning for providing funding for this important work, and many thanks to Creswick Primary for inviting us into their great school!
Laura Watkins, Campaign Support Worker
Staff and students at Creswick Primary School in Welwyn Garden City welcomed experienced SRtRC educators Manisha Tailor and Clint Easton into their school yesterday to lead discussions and workshops on racism and equality.
The day kicked off with the year 5 and 6 students attending an assembly where they learned the aims of the day and watched our DVD as an introduction to the company. They then split into classes with Clint and Manisha, and started the workshops. Our aim as a charity is that students learn and grow on the day, but that they have fun doing so. Students at Creswick Primary said “We have learned that you do not need to be worried about being different. You should be strong, kind, considerate and be willing to share with others. We now know that using the word ‘black’ is not rude as long as you use it in a positive way. We should not judge people by what you see. Today was really interesting and we enjoyed it with Manisha and Clint!”
The students also enjoyed a fitness session led by the educators in which they learned about teamwork and respect from a professional coach, as well as doing some fun exercises.
We would agree with Kevin Peart, a teacher at Creswick Primary, when he says: “It was really good to have the open conversation with the children. In the SRtRC sessions there were lots of opportunities for the children to learn from each other and they are now very clear about what racism is.” Talking to students about their worries and thoughts, and delving into the reasoning behind them is very important work. If those thoughts are challenged at a young age, there is less chance of them being carried forward into adulthood.
We would all like to thank Creswick Primary staff and students for welcoming us into their great school, and to Herts for Learning for helping to fund the work.