Workshops to educate young people about the causes and consequences of racism have been attended by over 1700 Cleveland children over the last 12 months.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger funds educational workshops by Show Racism the Red Card, who work closely with football clubs to help young people understand the impact of racist behaviour.
The interactive sessions have been attended by 1794 Year 4, 5 and 6 children between April 2018 and March 2019 – in schools across all four boroughs of Cleveland.
PCC Barry Coppinger said: “Young people are the citizens and leaders of the future, which is why it is so important to ensure they understand the harm caused by hate crime.
“I have spent my life rooting out inequality in all its forms and this work continues in the education of the next generation of citizens to challenge and fight racism wherever they see it.
“By combining anti-racism education with the excitement and appeal of football, Show Racism the Red Card do a fantastic job of reaching out to children and teachers alike.”
The workshops are part of the PCC’s long-term commitment to secure the future of Cleveland’s communities with early intervention and preventative work with young people at risk of becoming involved in crime or antisocial behaviour.
The PCC has also funded three School Liaison Officers and four Early Intervention Workers within Cleveland Police to deliver important messages to children about knife crime, cybercrime and unhealthy relationships.
Show Racism the Red Card Educational Team Manager, Sue Schofield, said: “SRtRC are delighted to continue to work in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland.
“Their funding for the Anti-racism Education workshops has enabled us to reach out to almost 2000 children and young people to educate against racism and anti-hate crime.
“SRtRC and the PCC both believe that early intervention and prevention through education is essential to raise awareness on issues of racism. We would like to thank Barry Coppinger in particular for continuing to support us and we look forward to working together in 2019-2020”