Racial Discrimination Workshop
A 2020 Dreams racism workshop is designed to support schools and other young people’s institutions in combating racism using proven and up-to-date teaching methods which fully engage children and young people of all ages.
Whether your classroom has been affected by racial conflict, you have been advised by OFSTED to include more diversity training, are looking to fulfil National Curriculum guidelines on responsible citizenship or are simply trying to help children of all backgrounds to become more integrated, a 2020 Dreams racism workshop will give you the best chance of success.
Racism is a powerful and divisive force within society, eroding trust, increasing tension and conflict and preventing communities from reaching their full potential.
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Often, the seeds of racial discrimination are sown outside of school, but its effects will spill over into the playground and classroom, disrupting learning and creating a tense atmosphere. But it is also schools that offer children the best opportunity to take on board positive messages about diversity and mutual respect.
- In 2014 to 2015, police recorded 52,528 hate crimes. 82% of these were defined as ‘race hate crimes’ (Home Office).
- From 2012 to 2015, there have been an average of 106,000 racially-motivated hate crimes each year (Home Office).
- Around a third of British people admitted to being at least ‘a little prejudiced’ against people of other races (NatCen British Social Attitudes Survey).
*From the Home Office: London, 2015 and NatCen: London, 2013.
Key Issues Involved in Racial Discrimination
A 2020 Dreams racism workshop approaches racial discrimination from different angles and using a variety of approaches. In terms of information provision, children will be introduced to the fundamentals of racism including what racism is, where it comes from, how it works, why it is still around and how to tackle it. Older children will take on more challenging subjects such as the concept of racial privilege and the role of structural inequality.
Far from being a dry lecture, a 2020 Dreams racism workshop brings the issues alive through stimulating and thought-provoking role-plays, while open forum debates bring children and teenagers to the forefront of the discussion, allowing them the space to clarify their own ideas and experiences while developing active listening and critical thinking skills.
Throughout the day the pupils responded with maturity
G. Larcombe, Long Close School, Slough
2020 Dreams recognise that some communities have deep-rooted problems with integration, and our experienced, highly trained facilitators will act with sensitivity and discretion to avoid inflaming tensions or making any individual child feel uncomfortable. A 2020 Dreams racism workshop aims to be a fun and uplifting experience for all concerned with all content carefully geared towards the community and age group involved.
Racial Discrimination and the National Curriculum
A 2020 Dreams racism workshop helps prepare pupils for their Citizenship education in Key Stages Three and Four. The National Curriculum states that secondary school-age students must be educated about the, “diverse national, regional, religious and ethical identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding.” These aims coincide exactly with those of 2020 Dreams.
Supporting the educational material, our open forum debate format will help students to develop the “skills to think critically and debate political questions.” This is another objective laid out under the secondary school National Curriculum guidance.
A Focus on Solutions
There is a lot of information in the media about the problem of racial discrimination but little about the great work that is being done by individuals and institutions to bring people of different backgrounds together to foster better understanding, heal old wounds and move forward together into a more positive future.
Together, 2020 Dreams and your school or institution can be part of that solution-focused approach.