We can all do more to tackle racism. Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) is the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity. It was established in January 1996, thanks partly to a donation by then Newcastle United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.
The charity aims to educate young people and adults in schools, workplaces and in football stadiums and to help tackle racism in society.
In Wales SRtRC reaches around 22,000 pupils every year with their anti-racism workshops and 1000s of adults on training that covers unconscious bias and recognising and responding to racism.
Their goal is ‘to ensure every child and teacher in Wales receives education on anti-racism in school’ and they do this by teaching young people through interactive sessions.
77% OF PUPILS TOLD US THAT RACISM EXISTED IN THEIR SCHOOLS AND 30% ADMITTED TO HAVING USED RACIST LANGUAGE IN SCHOOL.
To reach their goal they are providing workshops in schools across Wales predominately with pupils from years 5 & 6 in Primary Schools and years 7,8 and 9 in Comprehensive Schools.
The workshops encourage young people to critically think about and challenge what they hear, and see, from outside sources such as the media.
They also hold events at sports clubs throughout Wales and over 30 clubs and 50 players help to educate pupils every year.
Show Racism the Red Card work closely with Barry Town Football Club who hosted an event with them earlier this year.
Young people from Jenner Park Primary School and St Cyres School attended the stadium to take part in an educational club event for the day.
The pupils had to prepare for an anti- racism press-conference before taking part in a question and answer session during the ‘media/press conference event.’
98% of pupils felt that they knew more about racism after attending a club event which shows how beneficial these sessions can be.
If you are interested in finding out more or looking for resources on racism there are a collection of education packs, activities and videos on the website www.theredcard.org.
We can all do more to tackle racism, so if you are interested in supporting they are current fundraising through JustGiving. https://issuu.com/hashtagdigitalmedia/docs/barry_magazine_june_2020