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Spotlight: Impact and Success

A new academic report has highlighted the significant success of Show Racism the Red Card’s (SRtRC) ‘Migration. Making Britain Great’ (MMBG) programme, in fostering understanding and appreciation of migration among young students in the north-east of England. The research, conducted by the University of Newcastle, underscores the programme’s effectiveness in changing attitudes and promoting inclusivity.

Celebrating Diversity and Collaboration

The Northeast education team, with help from partners at IMIX and Migrant Voice, delivered this education programme under the watchful eye of the University’s third-year Politics students, Pedro Goss, Emily Maxwell, and Hector Scott Lyon. SRtRC worked with four schools in the Tyne and Wear area and facilitated the programme at each school over four weeks. The project’s aims include countering and altering the negative narrative surrounding migration in the UK through education about the positive effects of migration and celebration of the achievements of migrants in Britain. Additionally, MMBG aims to show pupils that they share connections with migrants even though they are from different countries. The programme explores themes such as: identity and belonging, celebrating migration, people seeking sanctuary, speaking up and action.

Nazek Ramadan, Director of Migrant Voice, highlighted the importance of what has been achieved so far:

“The Migration Making Britain Great project has been an exciting piece of collaborative work with both Show Racism the Red Card and IMIX. We believe that it is essential that the rich diversity of experience migrants bring is celebrated, and this project does that.”

“Inspired by the success of SRtRC’s model of using sports role models to combat racism, the MMBG programme leverages education to challenge discrimination and highlight the benefits migrants bring to the UK. Using their model, we have shown how migration has benefited sport, our communities, and the country as a whole.

Ramadan concluded, “We have been thrilled to see migrants we work with engaging with the project and sharing their stories about what it is like to live in the UK, and the difference which migrant communities can make. Working with our partners, we have been able to share our different skills, knowledge, and experience, to showcase the different ways in which migration and diversity can make us all stronger, not just in sports, but in everyday life.”

Engaging and Inspiring Students

The report also reveals that students were deeply engaged throughout the four-week programme. Interactive activities such as sharing personal migration stories, participating in group tasks, and completing workbooks encouraged students to reflect on migration’s positive aspects. Teachers praised the content for being age-appropriate, engaging, and insightful.

Effective Teaching Methods and Positive Environment

The programme’s success was in part attributed to the enthusiasm and expertise of the SRtRC leaders. Their ability to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment allowed students to comfortably share their experiences. The use of hand signals, interactive PowerPoint presentations, and engaging activities like ‘whisper down the line’ were particularly effective in maintaining student interest and facilitating communication.

A Positive Impact on the Community

The MMBG programme’s success demonstrates the power of education in combating racism and celebrating diversity. By fostering a deeper understanding of migration’s benefits, the programme not only enhances students’ knowledge but also promotes a more inclusive and accepting society.

Ged Grebby, CEO of Show Racism the Red Card, emphasised what vital reading this new report is for the charity’s supporters, and indeed any prospective supporters looking to partner with the charity, since it provides evidence of the positive impact and social change, brought about by its anti-racism work:

“The report, Assessing the Effectiveness of Show Racism the Red Card’s ‘Migration Making Britain Great’ Programme, by Newcastle University students, is a document all supporters of our anti-racism education charity need to read.

“We are often asked by our funders and potential sponsors: ‘Can you show us the impact you make?’ This document does just this and shows the impact that the work of our education team has on young people’s attitudes. The document states that ‘we can say that the four-week programme made the children more agreeable when it came to migrants being positive role models for them’. The document also shows the educational impact our team have: ‘The results show success in the programme as many pupils are now able to define and explain the difference between migration, asylum seekers and refugees’.

“What shines through in this evaluation is the quality of the SRtRC education team’s preparation and delivery with schools: ‘The extensive planning and consideration by SRtRC ensured students could engage fully with the programme. Engaging PowerPoints, vibrant work booklets and even cuddly toys were used as incentives for greater concentration…Emily, Alba and Fiona from SRtRC were faultless, as they provided invaluable support throughout our project’.

“Overall, this evaluation shows the impact that SRtRC has in its education work and why what we do is vital: ‘The programme is necessary because migrants are exposed to discrimination and racism’. In 2019, 9% (1,082,000) children living in the UK were born abroad. During the current General Election campaign, negative stereotypes of migrants have been pushed by politicians from several political parties. The ‘Migration. Making Britain Great’ campaign will continue to be an important one for SRtRC, Migrant Voice and IMIX going forward.”

With such an excellent start to the programme’s rollout, engaging students, changing attitudes, and promoting inclusivity, it is set to make even greater strides in celebrating migration and fostering understanding in schools and communities across the UK, with continued support and development.

Gary Pluck, Project Manager at IMIX commented:

“It is wonderful to have this independent assessment of the MMBG programme. Too often the refugee and migration sector, like many in the third sector, focus on outputs and not outcomes when reporting to funders, supporters, and stakeholders.

“This assessment clearly shows both the direct and indirect impact of the programme with for me one of the most telling and important observations being that: ‘Some students went to the extent of sharing their experience with the programme and their new understanding with their families and friends outside of the classroom – highlighting the influence of the programme’.

“Young people are a key influencer of peers and parents alike, providing them with an alternative lens with which to frame the migration discourse will have long lasting impact not just on the young people themselves but those around them.”

You can read the full report here

Any schools wishing to book the northeast team for the MMBG 4-week programme, should email admin@theredcard.org

If you’d like to sponsor or gift a migration programme delivery to a school, please get in touch with us at admin@theredcard.org


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