Dagenham students concerns about Manchester bombing

Thursday the 25th May saw the Show Racism the Red Card southern team and West Ham United Foundation coaches visit 120 year 6 students at Rush Green Primary School in Dagenham, as part of the current campaign funded by Barking and Dagenham Council called ‘Stop the Hate’.

SRtRC educators Lionel Morgan, Manisha Tailor, Shona Chitate-Samuriwo and returning educator Osei Sankofa started the day with an assembly. This included students viewing the Show Racism the Red Card educational DVD before being split into their classes for the day. Each class received one workshop on anti racism a second on Hate Crime followed by fitness fun session led by West Ham foundation coaches Sonny Vaye and Daniel Balogun.

During the anti racism workshop the students discussed the terminology on how we describe people and the definition of racism and stereotyping. The Hate Crime workshop explored what a Hate Crime is, who it affects and who to tell if students ever experience or witness one. The fitness fun sessions include activities that promoted inclusion, team work and respect combined with good listening skills.

The workshops took place just days after the tragic bombing in Manchester which saw 22 innocent people killed and 120 injured. This was a major concern for the students who all wanted to share their thoughts and feelings with their peers and the educators. This was recognized by the SRtRC team who said:

“I thought that the students were very confident in their views, eager to learn and sensitive to the issues” (Osei Sankofa).

“The children engaged well in group discussions and were keen to talk about current issues and how it can affect them” (Manisha Tailor). 

“It was interesting to hear the debate amongst the students about living in a world with no crime. Some students thought it would be strange and that there would be people without jobs, whilst others questioned why it would be strange when that would be the ideal world to live in” (Shona Chitate-Samuriwo).

Overall the day was enjoyed by all students, teachers, educators and coaches. The campaign will continue in schools across Barking and Dagenham over the coming weeks.