Redbridge schoolchildren attend anti-racism workshops

The schoolchildren holding up their red cards at the anti-racism day

The schoolchildren holding up their red cards at the anti-racism day - Credit: Archant

Schoolchildren discussed the issue of racism at a debate and workshops on Monday.

Schoolchildren getting t-shirts signed by the footballers

Schoolchildren getting t-shirts signed by the footballers - Credit: Archant

The 120 pupils, from the Chadwell Heath, Goodmayes, Mayespark, Ray Lodge and Uphall primary schools, spent the day at the Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club.

After participating in workshops, the youngsters asked questions to a panel. This consisted of Redbridge Council leader Cllr Keith Prince, Det Ch Supt Sue Williams, Redbridge’s borough commander, David Landau, of the Redbridge Equality and Community Council, and former footballers Anwar Uddin, Steve Kabba and Clint Easton.

Also participating were club players Abu Ogogo, Femi Ilesanmi, Chris Lewington and Billy Bingham, with first team manager Wayne Burnett and managing director Steve Thompson.

The three pupils who asked the best questions received a t-shirt and tickets to see the club’s next game. All the children were given autographed posters and goody bags.

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Haris Choudhry, a Year Six pupil at Ray Lodge, said: “It’s been a thought-provoking day and allowed me to think about racism and its effects.”

Steve Goodsell, regional manager for Show Racism the Red Card, said: “This has been excellent and a positive collaboration between all concerned.

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“We are keen to work with the council and schools in Redbridge on our educational programme.”

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