Why is Talking about Racism Important?
As a choreographer and freelance cover supervisor of African Caribbean origin, and in response to recent events, I have experienced a rise in the curiosity expressed by students regarding racism against the BAME community within our society.
I am often asked, how have I personally dealt with racial discrimination aimed at me either indirectly, institutionally or through banter.
These are important questions that are explored in these talks.
The Office of National Statistics highlight that the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimate that per year, the UK experiences 104,000 incidents of racially motivated crimes.
Hate Crimes in England & Wales 2019-2020
Mental Health Foundation highlight that members of the BAME community experience racism ranging from casual slights to extremely hurtful comments. Verbal and physical aggression are also experienced. They state that these encounters can affect the mental health of the individuals concerned. This is also addressed by the children’s charity, Young Minds. This organisation recognises that on occasions, young people feel that their feelings about racism can often be dismissed, told that they are overreacting and denying there is even a problem.
As a result of the increased curiosity expressed by students, I have devised and delivered talks to classes from Year 8 upwards, which seek to address this very issue.
Pre-recorded Interactive Presentation on Racism in the UK
Via this site, I am providing your school with access to this presentation which is delivered by myself via Loom. This resource can be delivered by any member of staff within your Citizenship or PSHE department with access to a computer and an internet connection. The session can last for forty minutes to an hour. During the session, I have included detailed instructions informing the staff member when to pause the presentation and set the students tasks.
Cost for Pre-recorded Interactive Presentation
Access for one year – £25
To purchase this pre-recorded, interactive presentation for your school, please complete the order form here.
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On-site delivery of these talks is also available in person, by request. To enquire, please click here.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.