We invited along over 80 local pupils we have recently been working with from St. Constantine’s Primary and Ibrox Primary into the home of Rangers FC for a final workshop on anti-racism.
As part of our Scottish Government equality unit programme, we rewarded the pupils for their excellent achievements over our three educational workshops with a change of scenery inside Ibrox Stadium.
The pupils began their day with PC Mel from Police Scotland, engaging with her in an important discussion on Hate Crime which highlighted the consequences and reinforced the need to report any racist incident they encounter or experience.
Bringing together all the work they have done on racism, migration and islamophobia, the young people then learned how to safely and effectively challenge racism using the ‘5 D’s’: Directly Challenge; Distract; Delegate; Document and Delay.
Pupils and teachers were then visited by some very special guests – Rangers legend Derek Johnstone who brought along the 1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy, and both Hannah Coakley and Jade Baillie from the Rangers Women’s Team.
Derek Johnstone said, “Rangers is fully committed to eradicating all forms of unacceptable behaviour and we are proud to support Show Racism The Red Card. Events like this one are vital if we are to educate young people about how we can challenge these stereotypes safely and effectively.”
Our young people then become young journalists and reporters as all 80 pupils joined us in our press conference room to interview our stars. The young people posed their questions to the panel which was based on their learning over all 4 workshops, reflecting the children’s abilities to challenge perceptions and stereotypes in the media.
What a fantastic event. Thank you to Rangers FC and Police Scotland for your tremendous support in bringing this to life for your local young people.