3 April 2016
By Tom Collins
Show Racism the Red Card is calling on all schools and youth services in Cork to register for the Anti Racism Creative Competition 2016. The competition – which aims to address racism through education – involves young people developing creative messages about racism and integration, using written, visual and audiovisual means.
Show Racism the Red Card is an international, anti-racist, not-for-profit organisation. Their mission is to challenge racism through providing education resources and intercultural activity which support integration.
To get involved in the initiative, schools and youth services can register online. Once registered, ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ will send a DVD education pack to help teach the anti-racism message.
Participants are encouraged to work in groups to develop their anti-racism messages, and applications are then made through their school or youth organisation
The closing date for applications to the creative competition is Friday, 8th April 2016. The competition will culminate in an awards exhibition at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on 11th May. Awards will be given to the best entries under categories including: Best Primary School, Best Secondary School, Best Youth Service, and Best Overall.
Commenting, Garrett Mullan, Executive Director of SRTRC said: “Our creative competition for schools and youth services is our biggest annual initiative. It’s so important to highlight the issue of racism with people from a young age –especially now more than ever before with the current refugee crisis and escalating terrorist threats across the world.”
Two tickets, sponsored by the FAI, for an Ireland Senior International soccer match, are given to all schools and youth services who submit entries. All submissions will also be invited to send a group to the awards exhibition at the Aviva Stadium.
In previous years, the awards exhibition has been attended by a host of well-known figures including President Michael D. Higgins, former Ministers Alan Shatter and Aodhán Ó Ríordán, TV presenter Diana Bunici and former Ireland international Kevin Kilbane. A similarly high-profile list of guests will be on hand for the 2016 event.
Further information about Show Racism the Red Card is available at: www.theredcard.ie.