The team visited Partick Thistle FC with young people from Dunard, St Charles' and St Joseph's Primary schools. Newest Coach Kevin Harper attended to observe the day.
"this has been a wonderful day of education with a fantastic mix of local schoolchildren. Thank you to all the schools, young people and teachers who participated and thank you to the Scottish Government Equalities Unit for funding these opportunities"
Dee Matthew, Education Coordinator
The Funding from Scotgov equalities unit allowed the SRtRC Education team to invite 80 young p7 children from Dunard, St Charles’ and St Josephs primary to Partick Thistle FC on Tuesday 8th Dec to participate in a day of workshops challenging racism and prejudice. The SRtRC team worked in partnership with Glasgow Active schools coordinators to identify and liaise with participating schools. Each primary was local and being within walking distance meant that none of the schools were excluded from the opportunity due to cost of transport.
Workshop one consisted of an exercise looking at ‘What is Racism’ by defining what racism means and asking ‘where does racism come from’ through exploring stereotypes and examining where we get our information and how to encourage critical thought around the information we recieve.
Workshop two explored groups who may be targets of racist discrimination by examining the word ‘immigrant’ and also considering people in our own family who live, work or study in a country they were not born in.
The narrative children revealed around ‘immigrant’ consisted of people crossing borders, sometimes illegally, to take advantage of resources like jobs and healthcare in the host country and often as a threat to the security of the host country. Also prominently featuring was the idea of immigrants as people “fleeing” due to war, violence and conflict in their own country of origin. The young people particularly highlighted the conflict in Syria and refugees escaping from human rights abuses at the hands of Islamic State and other similar terrorist minorities. Interestingly, when asked to talk of their own examples of family members moving countries they were unaware until it was revealed that their loved ones were also immigrants and were shocked at how negatively refugees, asylum seekers and some economic migrants were discussed in the media and society and how their relatives and friends choice to move was framed more positively.
A key contact of the Red Card from Police Scotland safer Communities also attended and joined in discussion on the day around racist hate crime, what this consists of, consequences for the perpetrator and impact on the targets of hate crime. We are thrilled that Police Scotland have expressed an interest in delivering workshops on the theme of hate crime at future events at Celtic FC and Rangers FC in 2016.