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PNECET And Windrush Initiatives Launch Together As One Racism Education Programme

15 October 2020

Preston North End Community and Education Trust is launching ‘Together As One’ in partnership with Windrush Initiatives founder Adrian Murrell, a racism education programme forming part of its schools and community provision.

The Together As One programme is part of a wider effort from Adrian and PNECET to bring communities together while working in harmony, and improving people’s understanding of racial issues in society.

The programme consists of six-weeks’ delivery with interactive workshops and educational videos that will focus on areas such as terminology, privilege, discrimination and racism in sport, and will be delivered across the Trust’s community and schools provision.

Among the provision that will include delivery of Together As One is the Premier League Primary Stars programme, under which community staff deliver cross-curricular classes within partner schools in Preston, improving lesson quality and teachers’ delivery of PE.

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As part of the programme’s delivery in primary schools, children in Key Stage 2 will benefit from tailored lessons and educational videos to improve their understanding of racism.

Delivery of Together As One has already begun this week,, coinciding with Black History Month – which takes place in October each year – and Show Racism the Red Card’s annual ‘Wear Red Day’ on Friday 16th October.

Schools Provision Officer Sagwati Malabi, who will lead on the delivery of the workshops as part of the Primary Stars programme, believes the provision will form an important part of children’s learning.

“We are proud to be working with Adrian Murrell and Windrush Initiatives on these educational workshops, which will improve understanding of racism in our community, in this case for primary school children,” he said.

“The programme will reach primary school children across Preston and inform them further about racism in society.

“We will be teaching children about a range of topics, including using appropriate terminology and improving the understanding of different behaviours and norms among different groups in society.

“No child is born with inherent prejudice; it is a learned behaviour. This programme will reach children at an early age to ensure that they are continuously educated about changing attitudes around race in society.”

Adrian Murrell added: “I don’t think we’ve really tackled the subject of racism properly. This is the first time that we’re going to the schools, to the youngsters and from an early age, to discuss racism in Preston.

“The programme looks at the history of black people coming to Preston and issues affecting them in sport.

“It looks at racism in sport – not just football, but all sports – and what we can do to make it better than what it is right now.”

For more information about delivery of the programme in primary schools, please contact Sagwati.Malabi@pne.com.


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