Shock as underage game abandoned amid allegations of racism

News that an under 12s game was abandoned after adult ‘supporters’ allegedly hurled racist abuse at players who happened to be from traveller backgrounds, is shocking.   Continue reading

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Helping teachers tackle racism through training

462 people have taken our online training.
In October and November 2016, our Education Development Worker Sara Hakim delivered Anti Racism training workshops to over 500 student teachers from St Pats DCU, Marino Institute of Education, Mary Immaculate College and also to Freobel College at NUI Maynooth.

Many of the students have taken the online teacher training course at http://training.theredcard.ie

The course takes the learner through:

  • What is racism
  • How it happens
  • How it impacts
  • How to respond
  • Activities teachers or other educators can deliver in the classroom or PE hall to promote anti racism learning

It concludes with the learner writing their own statement about what they have learnt. During the course, they are encourage to keep notes, so as to ensure a good learning experience.  Below is just a flavour of the feedback we have received from the student teachers. Continue reading

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Erasmus + supports Show Racism the Red Card international

Show Racism the Red Card Ireland met with international partners from 7 different countries in Helsinki this week.  The meeting took place as part of a partnership funded by the European Union Erasmus + programme, which is administered by Leargas in Ireland.

The partnership is a strategic partnership led by Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) Ireland and involves SRTRC UK, RodeKaart Netherlands and the Players Unions of Denmark and Finland.  We were also joined by the anti racism education projects of the player unions from Norway and Iceland and supported by the World Players Association- FIFPro. Continue reading

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Club Welcome for Refugees

Last July, we received funding to roll out a pilot project we have entitled as ‘Club Welcome’, which is aimed at increasing participation in sport on the part of those from refugee/ asylum seeker backgrounds.

Club Welcome promotion poster

To date, we have clubs in Dublin, Laois, Limerick, Sligo and Westmeatn participating and each are at different stages. Initially, we established a stakeholder group to advise us on how best to engage in the programme. Attending the meeting were representatives from sports governing bodies, local sports partnerships and refugee groups too. Arising from this meeting, a rough plan of engagement was developed to oversee the implementation of the programme.

In response to the circulation of the poster promoting the programme, we received expression of interest forms and informal inquiries from accommodation centres, people working with asylum seekers and from asylum seekers themselves.

We then met with clubs and potential participants in each location, Athlone, Clonakilty, Clondalkin, Laois and Sligo to discuss how the programme would work in each area. Each programme has a different plan because clubs are different and the accommodation centres are different. Some have large numbers of children such as Clondalkin and Athlone, while others have only adults such as Clonkilty and Emo in Co Laois, while Sligo have a mix of adult and children asylum seekers.

The club welcome programme is designed to recognise and award clubs for good practice in including refugees/ asylum seekers in their activities. It is envisaged that like the Green flag for schools, which awards schools who do things for the environment, the club welcome plaque will be presented at the conclusion of the club’s activities with refugees/ asylum seekers.

As part of the programme, we are allocating funds for each of the participating clubs to implement their activities. Finance for the clubs is important we believe because finance is a crucial barrier to participation in sport.

Pictured below are residents of the Towers Accommodation Centre, Clondalkin attending the Boot Road Celtic FC underage academy.


Watch this space for further updates.

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Show Racism the Red Card with student teachers

Over the past number of weeks, we have been busy taking the anti-racism message to student teachers at St Patricks DCU, Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and Marino Institute of Education. Our Education Development Officer Sara Hakim has given presentations to over 500 student teachers during the course of October and November in a series of anti-racism workshops.marino-ieIt workshops series follows a series of meetings with DICE lecturers and others in the teacher training colleges which sought to explore how anti-racism can be integrated into the curriculum.Following the workshops at Marino Institute of Education, which were attended by over 120 students, the Show Racism the Red Card ‘One Race’ exhibition was opened for display until December 9th.marino-ie1marino-ie2marino-ie3

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Wear Red Day

DC 25/11/2016 - Pupils from Midleton Educate Together School in Cork, Szymon Nosek,10, Ava Murphy, 12, Luke Morrissey, 11, Kyle Campbell, 11, Jemima Kumalo, 10, Charlie Riff, 12, and Elena Byrne, 12, pictured taking part in the inaugural Wear Red Day against racism organised by Show Racism the Red Card. Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, attended a special event at the school, one of many events that took place across the country. Thousands of people wore red to support Show Racism the Red Card on Friday 25th November across 35 schools and dozens of clubs, colleges and workplaces across Ireland. For further information on the initiative, visit http://www.theredcard.ie/. Pic: Diane Cusack

DC 25/11/2016 –
Pupils from Midleton Educate Together School in Cork, Szymon Nosek,10, Ava Murphy, 12, Luke Morrissey, 11, Kyle Campbell, 11, Jemima Kumalo, 10, Charlie Riff, 12, and Elena Byrne, 12, pictured taking part in the inaugural Wear Red Day against racism organised by Show Racism the Red Card. Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, attended a special event at the school, one of many events that took place across the country. Thousands of people wore red to support Show Racism the Red Card on Friday 25th November across 35 schools and dozens of clubs, colleges and workplaces across Ireland.
For further information on the initiative, visit http://www.theredcard.ie/.
Pic: Diane Cusack

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It’s Wear Red Day against Racism this Friday 25th November #WRD16

Minister David Stanton to celebrate Show Racism the Red Card’s Inaugural Wear Red DayMinister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, will be attending a special event at Midleton Educate Together School, Midleton, Co Cork to mark Show Racism the Red Card’s inaugural Wear Red Day. The Minister will be attending the school at 11am Friday, 25th November to mark the occasion.dsc_0008 dsc_0010 dsc_0031Pictured: Castaheany Educate Together hosted their Wear Red Day one week early last Friday.  As well as wearing red, the school collected donations for Show Racism the Red Card.  They made red themed pizzas and also hosted a school assembly attended by our Mascot Jeff the Ref on the theme of Respect.

 

Show Racism the Red Card has been encouraging schools, businesses and community organisations to wear red on Friday to help raise much needed funds for the charity. All funds raised through Wear Red Day will be used by Show Racism the Red Card to continue to challenge racism through providing education resources, programmes and intercultural activities which support integration.

Show Racism the Red Card will be delivering a presentation on tackling racism at Midleton Educate Together, with the students decked out in red to support Wear Red Day. Commenting in advance of Friday’s event, Garrett Mullan, Coordinator of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “Forty-six per cent of teachers say they have witnessed racism in the classroom, so by holding Wear Red Day we’re highlighting the need for racism to continue to be tackled in schoolyards and playgrounds all over Ireland and for integration to be promoted. We’re delighted with the response to our first Wear Red Day and hope it will become a staple in calendars throughout Ireland in years to come.”

Also commenting in advance of Friday, Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, said: “I’m delighted to be supporting this very important initiative by Show Racism the Red Card. With Ireland becoming an increasingly multicultural society it is of utmost importance that integration is promoted at all levels, and I’m particularly delighted to see a Cork school in my own constituency coming on board to celebrate Wear Red Day.”Show Racism the Red Card are encouraging participants to share their activities on social media using the hashtag #WRD16.For further information on the initiative, please visit http://www.theredcard.ie/.

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Anti Racism Training Workshop

EU flag-Erasmus+_vect_POSWith support of the EU Erasmus + programme, Show Racism the Red Card is leading a partnership which aims to train teachers and other educators in delivering the anti-racism message.The workshop will enhance understanding of racism and help develop capacity to challenge racism.  The workshop will share activities that educators can use with young people which help promote understanding.Our next training workshop is on:Tuesday 15th November 5-7pm in the Carmichael CentreNorth Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 Continue reading

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Clubs take action against racism for FARE fortnight

The number of grassroots clubs involved in taking action during the Football Against Racism in Europe fortnight (FARE) has more than doubled this year.  44 grassroots sent back expressions of interest forms to Show Racism the Red Card.  In addition, there was an increase in the number of schools visited by the FAI this year to promote the anti-racism message.Below are some of the pictures we are have received so far.  More are to come as the fortnight of action continues until 20th October.  Some of the clubs got other clubs to join them in their activities to mark the FARE Fortnight.Activities included a champions league style handshake at the start of the game with an exchange of the Show Racism the Red Card wristbands. Participating clubs also used the SRTRC cards for photocalls and shared on their own websites and social media.artane-beaumon-fc-1 Continue reading

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Help us tackle racism!!

Help us tackle racism!It’s a busy time for us at Show Racism the Red Card.  We have a lot of school visits and also workshops with trainee teachers coming up.   We want you to help us tackle racism.  If you are not involved in Football fortnight against racism, then you can help raise funds through our Wear Red Day or spread the message with our Creative Competition.Football Against Racism in Europe 6-20th October carew-park-fc-1In addition, we are also in the middle of the Football Against Racism in Europe Fortnight of Action 6th – 20th October.  We have 45 grassroots clubs taking part in SRTRC actions.  Also, Development Officers from the FAI are taking the SRTRC message to a 120 schools around Ireland.  Between schools and clubs, we are delivering the anti racism message to over 8,000 young people in just two weeks.

Wear Red Daya3_posterShow Racism the Red Card Wear Red Day is on Friday 25th November.  In school, college, work or wherever you are, we are inviting you to Wear Red on this day.  The aim is to raise awareness and much needed funds to help the work of Show Racism the Red Card.You can register online for a fundraising pack at www.theredcard.ie/wearredday.phpThe fundraising pack will include leaflets, red cards, posters, stickers, template press releases and more.

Anti Racism Creative Competition 2017 creative_competition2017_poster3We are now open for registration to participate in the 8th annual anti racism Creative Competition of Show Racism the Red Card.  Once a teacher/ youth worker registers, we send our DVD education pack for free.  The education pack helps with the teaching of anti-racism.  Also, SRTRC can come to the school or youth service involved to deliver a workshop to help develop understanding.  Once young people have engaged in anti racism education, they are then invited to produce their won anti-racism action or creation.To get involved, a teacher/ youth worker needs to register here www.theredcard.ie/competition.php

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