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Welsh children take a stand against racism

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Children from across Wales have been taking a stand against discrimination as part of a creative project with Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC).

The anti-racism educational charity says schools in Wales are increasingly asking for help to tackle racist attitudes in children.

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SRtRC today hosted its annual Creative Competition Awards Ceremony. The ceremony celebrates creative work by young people in the fields of diversity, anti-racism and equality.

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10-year-old Raeesa Miah wrote a poem about a child experiencing racism in the classroom.

My poem is about a child getting bullied just because of the colour of their skin and is getting depressed just because the person is getting bullied.

– Raeesa Miah

Prize winners aged five to 15 had the chance to meet celebrities and professional Welsh sport stars.

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Wales Campaign Manager for SRtRC, Sunil Patel, said, “the standard of entries has been brilliant.”

“At a time when racism remains on the rise, it is encouraging to see young people empowered to produce such inspiring entries which highlight this important issue in society."

"The competition is a massive part of our work to educate young people about racism.”

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According to the organisation, SRtRC Wales has received more enquires for anti-racism workshops this academic year than the two previous years combined.

“41% of the enquiries recorded between September 2018 and April 2019 were in direct response to a racist incident in the school.”

In a survey of teachers in Wales, racist incidents are happening in classrooms with pupils as young as seven.

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Teachers have overheard racist comments from children, which allegedly include referring to a black child as “poo”, calling another a “terrorist” and saying that a classmate “shouldn’t be in our country anyway.”

In another survey of primary school pupils in Wales, 70% of children thought the term “coloured” was acceptable before receiving a SRtRC workshop and 14% said they have experienced or witnessed a racist incident.

Their testimonies included being called “the N word”, “a slit-eyed c***”, “a dark chocolate bar” and one Polish child was told, “Polish people are retarded.”