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Preston North End and Windrush Initiatives launch racism education programme

Posted on - 22nd October, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Deepdale, Preston News, Preston North End
Preston Markets lit up for Wear Red Day Pic: Paul Melling
Preston Markets lit up on Friday for Wear Red Day Pic: Paul Melling

Preston North End Community and Education Trust is launching a racism education programme in partnership with Windrush Initiatives founder Adrian Murrell.

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The Together As One programme is part of a wider effort from Adrian and PNECET to bring communities together while improving people’s understanding of racial issues in society.

The programme will be delivered across the Trust’s community and schools provision. It consists of six weeks of interactive workshops and educational videos focussing on areas such as terminology, privilege, discrimination and racism in sport.

Delivery of Together As One began this week to coincide with Black History Month and Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Wear Red Day.

A launch video featuring PNE player Scott Sinclair has been shared on PNECET’s Twitter page.

Read more: Black History Month: What it is, what’s on, and what it means to one Preston woman

Adrian said: “I don’t think we’ve really tackled the subject of racism properly. This is the first time that we’re going to the schools, to the youngsters and from an early age, to discuss racism in Preston.

“The programme looks at the history of black people coming to Preston and issues affecting them in sport.

“It looks at racism in sport – not just football, but all sports – and what we can do to make it better than what it is right now.”

Read more: Preston North End launches scheme to get more disabled people into football

Schools Provision Officer Sagwati Malabi, who will lead on the delivery of the workshops, believes it will form an important part of children’s learning.

Sagwati Malabi and Adrian Murrell
Sagwati (left) and Adrian

Sagwati said: “We are proud to be working with Adrian Murrell and Windrush Initiatives on these educational workshops, which will improve understanding of racism in our community, in this case for primary school children.

“The programme will reach primary school children across Preston and inform them further about racism in society.

“We will be teaching children about a range of topics, including using appropriate terminology and improving the understanding of different behaviours and norms among different groups in society.

“No child is born with inherent prejudice; it is a learned behaviour. This programme will reach children at an early age to ensure that they are continuously educated about changing attitudes around race in society.”




For more information about delivery of the programme in primary schools, contact Sagwati.Malabi@pne.com.

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