The Anthony Walker Foundation (AWF) were up in Cumbria recently delivering the first event of a national project, funded by Awards for All, that showcases an educational resource aimed at tackling racist and religious hate crime. The resource, Racist and Religious Hate Crime Schools Project, developed in partnership with the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and AWF, has been specifically created to assist schools and educational establishments meet curriculum areas using core lessons and activities for key stages 2, 3 and 4.
Alongside representatives from Cumbria Children’s Service, Cumbria Police and the CPS, John, our Operations Manager, explained how AWF were involved in the production of the resource, why it was beneficial for schools to use the resource, and the role of educators in delivering the learning materials within their own schools.
One of our associates, Natalie, actively demonstrated to teaching staff how the learning resource was to be used providing information about the responses she has had from young people towards the resource.
There was also input from Berenice Miles who played a key part in producing the resource emphasising just how important young people needed to be aware of the consequences of discriminatory and bullying behaviour.
Feedback was very positive about the event and the resource itself with a clear commitment that teachers, pupils and schools would gain much from using the learning materials.
‘Great to have a readymade resource for time-strapped teachers’
‘Thought that having the Anthony Walker Foundation (here) was a great help to see what goes on’
‘(learnt) how to empower young adults and children to have the confidence to stand up to hate crime’
AWF are planning to deliver the project over the next 9 months and we are seeking other local authority community safety partnerships who would be interested in taking advantage of the offer to get involved in the project.
One of the primary reasons in searching out partnerships as initial points of contact in this scheme of work is to identify areas where the resources and learning could achieve the most benefit. This project and its activities lend themselves to implementing recommendations outlined in the Home Office's 'Challenge it, Report it, Stop it' hate crime action plan (2012) which identified the need for 'challenging and changing the attitudes and behaviours that lead to hatred, and intervening early to stop tensions or incidents escalating.'
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