In the last 5 years, UK Schools have recorded over 60,000 racist incidents. Anti-racism education charity, Show Racism the Red Card have now teamed up with children’s publisher Usborne to launch ‘What is Racism’ a new book aimed at young children, explaining a very difficult and complex subject in an easy to understand way.
Burnley Football Club supported the launch on Thursday 30th September, with Club Captain Ben Mee and Burnley women’s player Cara Bickett reading the book year 4 pupils at Reedley Primary School in Brierfield, who are part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme with Burnley FC in the Community.
Red Card spokesperson Sue Schofield says “whilst anti-racism can be a very difficult subject to broach with younger children, it is imperative. The earlier they hear anti-racism messages, the sooner they will understand that racism is not okay and there is no place for it in society”
Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s largest anti-racism education charity and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1996, they have educated and engaged with over 830,000 people.Gwilym Jones, Primary & Secondary Schools Engagement Manger for Burnley FC in the Community says “Burnley Football Club is located at the heart of the community, and we play a pivotal role in engaging with young people and the future generation, everyone will have their own way of learning about race and racism, this book gives both children and adults the language and sensitivity they need to talk about the topic”