Sunday, 22 June 2014

Norfolk Police and Say No to Hate Bullying

(Last month) pupils from Eastgate Primary School and St Edmund’s School were asked to Show Racism the Red Card at a workshop at the Discovery Centre in King's Lynn.

The interactive event, which was organised by Norfolk Police, looked at challenging prejudice and raising awareness of diversity issues.

The event was run by group facilitators and ex-professional footballers Osei Sankofa and Steven Kabba from Show Racism the Red Card; a UK based anti-racism educational charity.

The event was designed to bring together children from different communities in a safe environment and encourage them to work together, to develop their tolerance and understanding. There were practical educational workshops followed by followed by a football fitness session and question and answers.

This is the first of a number of sessions planned as part of the Say No to Hate Bullying project which is being run across in 14 local primary schools in West Norfolk. The project involves children being given the opportunity to become Diversity Rangers for their schools by being kind considerate and looking out for each other.

PC Natalie Garrard, who is running the project, explained: 
The idea of this session and the Say No to Hate Bullying project is to encourage all children to be kind and considerate to those around them. We are encouraging the pupils to ask questions about things they may not understand and showing them why it is so important to challenge prejudice.
Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity, established in January 1996. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society.

Steve Goodsell, Regional Manager for the South of England for Show Racism the Red Card, said: 
Show Racism the Red Card are delighted to be working in partnership with Norfolk Police, delivering anti-racism workshops to young people in King’s Lynn and surrounding areas.

People very often have a distorted view on topics such as race, religion, culture and immigration, which is understandable when the media feature regular stories which can create stereotypes and myths.

It is important to give young people especially a balanced viewpoint on the issues, which is what our team of skilled tutors - who are ex professional footballers - will be doing
The event was supported by Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, the Discovery Centre and the Youth Advisory Board.

From Lynn News: 

Football stars spread anti-racism message to King’s Lynn youngsters

Show Racism The Red Card event at North Lynn Discovery Centre. 
Officials line up LtoR, PC Natalie Garrard (organiser), Osei Sankofa, Benjamin Simpkins (Eastgate School), Viktoras Versinskas (St Edmunds School), Steven Kabba, Bob Casey (Youth Advisory board)

Youngsters from two Lynn schools have taken part in an anti-racism campaign led by a former professional footballer.

Pupils from the Eastgate and St Edmunds primary schools took part in the Show Racism the Red Card workshop, which was organised in association with Norfolk Police and held at the North Lynn Discovery Centre on Tuesday.

The session was led by Steve Kabba, pictured above front, second right, who played for clubs including Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, Watford, Grimsby Town and Barnet during a 14-year professional career, and Osei Sankofa, front, second left, who currently plays for Conference South side Ebbsfleet United.

PC Natalie Garrard, front left, who helped to organise the session for the police, thanked the centre and the charity for staging the event.

She said: 
It was clear to see that everyone who attended got a lot of out the day.
Also pictured are Eastgate pupil Benjamin Simpkins, St Edmuund’s pupil Voktoras Versinskas, and youth advistory board member Bob Casey, right.

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