Sunday 24 September 2017

Schools to take lead in racism fight

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

SCHOOLS are getting advice on how to keep racism out of the classroom, playgrounds and sportsfields.

With almost 60,000 second-level students and 37,000 primary pupils born in another country, schools have been told that they must take a lead in ensuring racism does not gain a foothold in communities.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland has published a document to assist schools in ensuring that the issue of racism is adequately dealt with in anti-bullying policies.

The template sets out procedures for the identification and reporting of incidents as well as the supports needed when an incident occurs.

There is also a strong emphasis on the measures that can be taken to prevent racism such as the use of a buddy system, awareness days, an annual intercultural day and guest speakers to educate pupils from an early age.

Irish Independent

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