Show Racism the Red Card is a 28 page teacher education pack developed by an Irish charity of the same name. The organisation aims to “harnesses the profile of sports personalities and others to communicate an anti-racism message.”
The 28-page teacher education pack is a training manual focused on supporting teachers to familiarise young people with the causes and consequences of racism; enable skills to challenge racism, develop good relationships and respect difference, and encourage active participation in a diverse Ireland.
The manual and accompanying DVD are set out in 6 separate sections:
Section 1 - What is Racism?
Section 2 - Racism in Society
Section 3 - Racism in Sport
Section 4 - Racism and its Consequences
Section 5 - Sum up of actions and steps in response to racism
Section 6 - Living in a Diverse Ireland
The pack contains a DVD which can be viewed in sections and there are suggested group activities and games related to the sections.
The appendix section has a very good policy discussion on the UN declaration on Human Rights, the European charter, NCCRI and its relevance to racism.
At senior primary level, the pack can be used in the Developing Citizenship, Media Studies and Myself and the Wider World Strand Units of SPHE. It is applicable in particular to the Human Dignity and Rights and Responsibilities modules of the CSPE curriculum in second level, and can be incorporated into other subjects such as history, geography and religion. It can also be used in Transition Year for example: develop a project with a view to entry into the Young Social Innovators Awards.
The Show Racism the Red Card website: www.theredcard.ie, contains 9 Factsheets that are viewable online for free and explore relevant themes which feature in different subjects in the curriculum as interactive pages:
Alternatively you can download all ten educational factsheets in a single file (26 pages).
The website also includes news stories covering aspects of racism in Ireland and abroad and their responses to racism. There are stories on how racism affects particular groups whether based on colour, nationality, religion or other status including Irish Travellers.
The charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ offer training for facilitators and teachers wishing to use their resources.