New research: four out of five people say schools need to encourage more discussion about racism22 May 2014
A new survey we launched today shows that more than four out of five of people in England and Wales agree that schools need to encourage more discussion with pupils and teachers about the underlying issues of racism.
The new research consisted of interviews with 900 people from different ethnic groups across England and Wales. 83% of people stated that they agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “Schools need to encourage more discussion with pupils and teachers about the underlying issues of racism.”
The 900 adults comprised of 240 of Indian ethnicity, 180 of Pakistani ethnicity, 90 of Black Caribbean ethnicity, 90 of Black African ethnicity, 119 of Eastern European ethnicity and 181 of White British ethnicity. 93% of the Indian group, 91% of the Pakistani group, 90% of the Black Caribbean group, 99% of the Black African group, 25% of the Eastern European group and 84% of the White British group agreed with the statement.
To get young people talking about race, we have teamed up with theatre and film company The Red Room to organise some interactive participatory debates about race, in Ipswich, London, Bradford and Birmingham. These events, called “The R Word” feature live performance, music, video and conversation, to shed some light on racism.
We are also urging schools to pledge to use existing resources that encourage more in depth discussion of race issues. One resource is Romans Revealed, an interactive website that tells the stories of four people living in Britain in Roman times, such as Julia Tertia, whose journey to York started in North Africa. This work teaches primary school children that migration and multiculturalism is not a new thing, but that people have been travelling to and from Britain for centuries.
Another suggested pledge for the End Racism This Generation campaign, is for secondary school pupils to read and discuss the teen novel “Noughts and Crosses” by Malorie Blackman. The novel describes an alternative history in which African people gained a technological and organizational advantage over the Europeans. By flipping the status quo, it makes the reader realize how much racial inequality we just accept as normal.
These events and resources provide ways to explore race issue more profoundly in schools, in exactly the way that four out of five people recognize is absolutely necessary.
So, teachers! Make your pledge today to help end racism at www.end-racism.org.