Dagenham students learn how to tackle racism

Children from Eastbrook School met representatives from the campaign Show Racism the Red Card

Children from Eastbrook School met representatives from the campaign Show Racism the Red Card - Credit: Archant

A group of Year 9 students took part in a ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ event organised by former professional footballers.

The students from Eastbrook School in Dagenham, were joined by facilitators from the campaign that uses top footballers to educate against racism. They spent the day engaging in a range of activities designed to inform and promote thought around the issue.

The visiting team of ex -professional footballers, led by England International Luther Blissett, included Clint Easton, Paul Mortimer, Osei Sankora and Anwar Uddin. They were also joined by Teresa Parish from Dagenham and Redbridge FC who gave every student a complimentary team poster to reinforce the messages of the day - Show Racism the Red Card.

Simon Charlton, assistant head teacher said the students thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Demi Ritchie, a student from class 9D, said it was ‘very inspirational’. Antonio Gomes of 9U commented that racism is ‘not only about skin colour but also about culture, religion and nationality’.

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Mrs Debbie Mouser, Head of Year 9, said: “Students actively participated in all sessions including fitness testing, discussions and workshops. I was very proud of how they conducted themselves and displayed a mature approach to a sometime difficult topic.”

The Show Racism the Red Card providers said they were equally impressed with the warm welcome provided by the staff and Year 9 students and would try to return to the school again.

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