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Vaughan Gething Visits Hendrefoilan Primary School as part of Show Racism the Red Card’s – World Cup Partner Support Fund School Resources

Swansea, Wales (November 2022) – Through Welsh Governments FIFA World Cup 2022 – Partner Support Fund Show Racism the Red Card have created World Cup themed anti-racism educational resources for pupils to engage with in classrooms across Wales. The resources are accompanied with a teacher’s pack providing delivery notes and conversations to support teachers to provide high quality anti-racism education sharing the anti-racism message.

Vaughan Gething, Economy Minister for Wales attended Hendrefoilan Primary School in Swansea on Thursday 24thNovember to observe teachers delivering the Show Racism the Red Card’s World Cup Themed Anti-Racism pupil resources.

Vaughan Gething, Economy minister said:

“In Wales, we’re determined to use the FIFA World Cup to promote our values of fairness, inclusivity, equality and a respect for human rights, both here at home and internationally. We stand with those striving for social justice across the world, and will go on promoting an open, progressive Wales that is committed to these values.

“I’m delighted to visit Hendrefolian Primary School in Swansea to see the fruits of our World Cup Partner Support Fund. Thanks to support from the Welsh Government, we’re able partner with Show Racism the Red Card to provide anti-racism educational resources linked to the World Cup to schools.

“I very much hope the work of Show Racism the Red Card will inspire the next generation to build a fairer world, where people are treated with dignity and respect.”

Show Racism the Red Card uses sports stars, predominately but not limited to footballers and other role models to engage audiences with the anti-racism message. We have been active in Wales since 2005 and achieve our aims by:

  • Producing and delivering anti-racism educational resources
  • Developing activities to encourage people to challenge racism
  • Challenge racism in the game of football and other sports.

Demand from schools for the World Cup themed anti-racism resources has been high with over 500 schools already registering, receiving the FREE resources from Show Racism the Red Card. This equates to over 120,000 pupils across Wales with access to anti-racism education.

The aims of the resources are to:

  • Link the Welsh football team with the message of anti-racism in the minds of children and young people.
  • Use the World Cup and sporting role models to leave a legacy of anti-racism and support the aims of the Anti-Racist Action Plan for Wales.
  • Get children and young people excited about Wales taking a space on the world stage and in turn, spread this to their wider networks.
  • Engage children and young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds in seeing Welsh football as a space for them.

Schools are still able to register to receive resources by contacting events@theredcardwales.org

Dean Pymble, Show Racism the Red Card Wales Campaign Manager, commented:

“We’re delighted that pupils and schools across Wales will have access to high quality anti-racism educational resources. It was essential we provided teachers with the delivery guide to enhance their skills and knowledge to deliver the resources effectively and help to create ethnically informed citizens of Wales and the World. Welsh Government have pledged their commitment to create an anti-racist Wales by 2030 and utilising the high profile of our Welsh players and the World Cup will engage pupils with and enhance the anti-racism message. Having the Economy Minister here today continues to demonstrate Welsh Governments commitment to becoming anti-racist.”

Aimee Field, Hendrefoilan Headteacher said:

“Because of Hendrefoilan’s work promoting diversity and inclusion for all, we are very proud to have recently received the Peace Mala Bronze Award. We will continue to collaborate with Show Racism the Red Card and thoroughly recommend the Show Racism the Red Card World Cup resources, which are a useful teaching resource.

At Hendrefoilan, we recognise the importance of belonging to the ‘whole-school Hendrefoilan team’. We encourage pupils to be the best they can be, and we teach them to be kind, generous and considerate. We encourage pupils to advance despite adversity and we listen to their hopes and dreams. We instil a sense of belonging and acceptance through equity and equality. Through our tireless work, we give energy, purpose and strength to the whole Hendrefoilan community”

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