As another academic year ends, the North East Education Team has been reflecting on another challenging and action-packed year of delivering anti-racism education throughout the region and beyond.
In total, the North East Education Team delivered workshops in schools and other educational settings to 10,572 young people. This included 240 workshops delivered in 125 schools; a total of 340 hours of anti-racism education made possible thanks to funding partnerships with South Tyneside Council, Northumberland County Council, Sunderland City Council, Gateshead Council, Durham Police & Crime Commissioner and Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner.
Young people in schools throughout these areas received a minimum of two hours of anti-racism education, and also had the opportunity to take part in participation-focused fitness fun sessions delivered by SRtRC’s team of ex-professional footballers including former Sunderland AFC players Gary Bennett and David Corner, former Newcastle United players John Anderson and Olivier Bernard and former Middlesbrough FC players Dean Gordon and Andre Bennett.
Show Racism the Red Card are extremely grateful that funding agreements have been negotiated to continue to provide anti-racism education for free at the point of access to schools under the authority of South Tyneside Council, Northumberland County Council, Durham Police & Crime Commissioner and Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner for the forthcoming academic year 2018/19. In addition, funding contributions have been agreed with North Tyneside Education Trust for the forthcoming academic year.
During the period, the North East Education Team also launched the highly innovative Routes Project; providing a specialist anti-racism educational intervention through schools and formal educational settings in Tyne and Wear, targeting young people (aged 13-18) identified as being at risk of being drawn in to the politics of the far-right, but whom are below the threshold for a Prevent intervention.
Routes is funded by the Home Office’s Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme, which “supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender”
The Routes Project engaged with 96 young people throughout Tyne & Wear across the lifespan of the project and a full independent evaluation of the project can be found via the Show Racism the Red Card website.
The North East Education Team also delivered long-term education interventions with 30 young people in partnership with the Bridges School, as well as 15 young people from the Tyneside Foyer. Over 340 young people also accessed anti-racism education via events delivered in partnership with Newcastle United FC, Sunderland AFC and Middlesbrough FC.
Anti-Racism Education and Equality Training with adults
Throughout the period, the North East Education Team also delivered a wide range of training and support to adults throughout the region and beyond.
In partnership with Northern UNISON, the team delivered the second annual Anti-Racism Ambassadors programme, where 15 North UNISON members accessed a comprehensive 10-week programme of anti-racism education training to support their wider activism and community organising work.
Over 100 Community & Voluntary Sector workers from across Gateshead took part in half day antiracism education training sessions designed to support their work with service users throughout the area.
In partnership with Darlington Borough Council, over 160 members of the Civils, Construction and Building Services teams received training on Equality & Diversity and Dignity & Respect and applying these principles in the workplace.
The North East Education Team also piloted a new programme of work with staff from the Home Office’s UKVI and HMPO teams which saw almost 70 people take part in a full day of training to think critically about tackling bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
A wide range of additional adult training was also delivered including twilight teacher training, training for Trade Union members and training for officers from Cleveland Police Force and Humberside Police Force respectively.
In total, over 1072 adults received a minimum of three hours of training and the team hope to continue to build upon this with new and exciting programmes of adult education over the coming year.
The North East Education Team would like to thank everyone who supported the delivery of anti-racism education throughout the period, as well as all of those who took part. At a time when evidence of a rise in racism, prejudice and discrimination is unfortunately building, it remains essential that individuals are given the opportunity to access non-judgmental education programmes which challenge myths and misinformation and promote self-reflection and critical thinking.
The North East Education Team is committed to supporting individuals to use their voices to advocate for equality and to become activists to challenge inter-personal and systematic oppression wherever it appears.
To find out more about engaging with the North East Education team contact us on 0191 257 6200 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org