Over the past ten years Show Racism the Red Card has worked with over 100,000 children and young people in Scotland. In the last year our charity has observed a 19% increase of racist attitudes and negative stereotyping amongst young people, which has further increased following Brexit and other worldwide incidents.
Teachers have expressed their concerns with a lack of training and support in dealing with racism, along with reluctance and lack of understanding in reporting racist incidents across Scotland.
In response to these concerns and findings we have developed a manifesto, which sets out our recommendations to Local Government candidates leading up to the elections in May 2017 to challenge these issues and create a more equal and prosperous Scotland for all.
While we have made progress there is a long way to go until we fully eradicate racism from our schools and our communities.
We are asking candidates to pledge their support to:
• Pledge their support to anti-racism and ensure that challenging racism in schools is a priority in their Local Authority.
• Prioritise education on anti-racism in their schools, in line with the new curriculum for Scotland
• Evaluate the effectiveness of the current system within the Local Authority for reporting and recording racism in schools.
• Ensure teachers in their Local Authority have on-going training and support to deal with and challenge racism within their school.