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.