PCC Barry Coppinger opening a Show Racism the Red Card Teacher Training Session
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, has opened the first of a series of three teacher training events focusing on tackling racism within Cleveland schools.
The training sessions, which have been funded by the Commissioner through his Community Safety Initiatives Fund, are being led by North East charity, Show Racism the Red Card - who are well known for offering successful programmes across the country.
The sessions are aimed at teachers and youth workers, and focus on equipping those who deal with young people with the skills needed to help them challenge any racist attitudes or stereotypes within the classroom. Over the course of the three sessions over 60 different schools and organisations will receive training.
Mr Coppinger said: “It is important to stress that we are not saying that Cleveland has a specific issue with racism. I have found through talking to communities, that generally Cleveland is an accepting and tolerant place to live, with a history of welcoming new arrivals.
“However, we know that hate crime exists, and we know that it is under reported, both locally and nationally. Current events internationally also make this a particularly topical subject and organisations like Show Racism the Red Card enable us to face these issues head on, through honest and frank debate which challenges us all to look at our own internal prejudices and how these affect our view of the world and those around us.
“I am very supportive of the work which teachers and youth workers do. They have a massive challenge in educating our young people and in helping to shape the adults that they will become, and I hope, through this training, we will enable them to tackle the issue of racism more confidently, and to encourage a safe space where our young people can openly discuss their concerns and feelings and challenge negative racial stereotypes.”
“I have also funded workshops directly with pupils in primary and secondary schools across Cleveland and am delighted to say that 30 schools have currently signed up to receive these educational sessions, which deliver an anti-racism message using ex professional footballers who talk about their own experiences of racism both on and off the pitch.
“We hope that by engaging young people through the medium of football we can get across these important messages in a fun but safe environment where pupils can talk about their feelings openly and honestly and engage in constructive debate on this often emotive issue.”
Anyone wishing to participate in the remaining teacher training sessions, which are taking place on 18th and 24th November, can register through www.srtrc.org/news/news-and-events?news=5918
Posted on Tuesday 17th November 2015