PCC Barry Coppinger opening the teacher training session with Amjid Khazir, Director of Media Cultured
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, today opened a teacher training session focusing on enhancing social cohesion and countering radicalisation and racism.
The session, which was commissioned by Mr Coppinger and delivered by Media Cultured CIC, included representatives from ten secondary schools across Hartlepool, Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland.
The pilot project has been funded by Mr Coppinger as part of his priority to work for better community relations.
Media Cultured CIC are a social enterprise that designs and delivers 'identity and integration' workshops aimed at encouraging harmony, tolerance and integration, together with equipping educational professionals with the resources and skills necessary to counter non-violent extremist views.
Mr Coppinger said: “Sadly in the current climate it is more important than ever that as a society we stand together in tackling extremist views and in protecting those who are wrongly marginalised due to the atrocities committed by a small minority.
“In times of conflict like we find ourselves in now there is a worrying tendency for society to turn against those whom they see as ‘different’, to themselves.
“As an elected representative I see it as my role to ensure that all communities across Cleveland feel safe and secure to go about their everyday lives without fear of harrassment or persecution, and teachers have a front line role in tackling this sort of prejudice before it can develop into something more serious.
“I have an enormous amount of respect for teachers, they do a fantastic job in shaping our young people and I hope this training can build on their confidence to tackle racism and extremism in the classroom.”
Amjid Khazir, Director of Media Cultured added “We are always looking to develop our safeguarding and inclusion efforts. Working alongside Cleveland Police, Middlesbrough FC and Teesside University has been excellent for us. We also have grassroots support and when that is combined with backing from important institutions this can only bode well for the future. We are looking forward to the training and working with schools both locally and nationally”.
Feature from Tyne Tees on 9th December 2015: http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2015-12-09/anti-radicalisation-programme-trialled-on-teesside-could-be-used-on-much-wider-scale/
Posted on Wednesday 9th December 2015