Preston North End Community and Education Trust [PNECET] hosted a Show Racism the Red Card workshop with Sherwood Primary School pupils.
Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity and was established in January 1996. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The majority of the campaign’s output is the delivery of education to young people and adults in their schools, their workplaces and at events held in football stadiums.
As part of the anti-racism workshop held at Deepdale, the pupils created their own anti-racism pledge in partnership with Preston City Council and shared their presentations with the group.
Jaiden, a pupil at Sherwood Primary School, said: "I have found it really informative and we have to share this information that we’ve learnt with others, so people are aware and we can help reduce racism.
"No matter where you come from, we have to treat everybody equally; we may look different but we are all the same inside.”
Councillor Nweeda Khan, Cabinet Member for Communities and Social Justice at Preston City Council, said: “For us as a Council, we feel it is very important for the city’s young people to learn about and understand the impact of racism.
“A lot of children use language and have no understanding behind the meaning of the language.
“Credit to Sherwood Primary School pupils who showed fantastic work. Working with primary school pupils means we can influence them in a positive way before they transition into secondary school – it’s getting them to think, understand and make that change.
“The collaborative working between ourselves, Show Racism the Red Card and PNECET is very effective. We all have the same purpose hence why we have come together on this.”
Keziah Major, North West Manager at Show Racism the Red Card, said: “The idea of today’s workshop is that the pupils can take all the anti-racism lessons provided and turn them into something active, by creating their anti-racism pledge for the Council to adopt.
“The Sherwood Primary School pupils have come up with some wonderful ideas and shown such a positive attitude.
“More broadly, we love working with PNECET as we know that young people look up to footballers, so to use the club as a way to hook the young people is really important to Show Racism the Red Card.”
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