Pupils and footballers kick off new anti-racism campaign

Edinburgh school pupils have been showing racism the red card at a special event at Hibernian FC this afternoon (Thursday 19 September).

The event involved local primary seven pupils from St Mary’s Primary Leith and Lorne Primary schools coming to the club to participate in a day of fun and interactive education for Show Racism the Red Card. 

The young people engaged in various activities throughout the day that promoted anti-racism, anti-sectarianism and overall messages of equality and respect. 

One highlight of the day came in the afternoon where the pupils posed as media journalists and had the opportunity to ask questions on racism and sectarianism to a guest panel. 

They carried out preparatory work before attending the event so they were armed with thought-provoking questions and eager to embark on the role play activity and proudly introduce their newspaper and questions.   

This event proved a great way of educating them about the dangers of racism and sectarianism, empowering them to become active citizens, safely challenging racism and sectarianism in their own communities and beyond. 

Show Racism the Red Card used this event to announce the launch of their anti-racism/anti-sectarianism Creative Competition. This competition is open to all schools and colleges across Scotland and culminates with an awards ceremony at Hampden Park. 

Cllr Paul Godzik, Education Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "Show Racism the Red Card make a huge contribution to tackling racism and sectarianism in Scotland.  I'm delighted they are working with young people here in Edinburgh."

Vicki Burns, Campaign Manager, said "The Creative Competition is a fantastic opportunity for young people around Scotland to get involved with the campaign whilst showing that racism and sectarianism is not welcome in Scotland."

Liam Craig, of Hibernian Football Club and competition ambassador, said: "Being the Ambassador for this competition is a great opportunity for me to work along with Show Racism the Red Card and help school and college students be creative whilst helping raise the profile and awareness of Show Racism the Red Card in Scotland."

The Creative Competition is now open and the deadline for entries is Friday 31st January 2014. 

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