Racism teaching resources

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In response to the protests for racial equality that are happening all over the world, we are publishing two educational resources for 9-year-olds and upwards. They are suitable for parents to use at home with their children or teachers to use with their students. We recommend that adults work with pupils on these activities, so that they can manage sensitive conversations and questions as they arise.

To accompany these resources, we invited Liberty Martin, a Columbia University class-of-2021 undergraduate student and writer, to write an opinion piece. She has written articles for the Financial Times, the Columbia Daily Spectator and local newspapers from her home in London. Liberty he has included some questions that students aged 14 and upwards might want to work through. Read her piece here.

It was very important to us to give space to a young Black voice on this issue, particularly because, while lots of the young people that we work with have lived experience of racism, we on the Foundation team do not. Liberty also advised us on the educational resources. In her piece, Liberty encourages people to educate themselves about racial equality. We are particularly passionate about the importance of supporting young people to learn about this. Our mission is to give young people the skills to think and speak for themselves about current affairs. It’s vital for them to be able to engage with the issues affecting their lives, however complex or sensitive they might be. We hope that our resources support young people in their efforts to understand racism and how it can be tackled.

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Racism teaching resources

Resources designed for form/pastoral time or for home-learning

Activism in sport

June 25th, 2021

Download activities that study examples of activism in sport and ask: When should sportspeople speak out about a cause? And when shouldn’t they?

Guilty: Derek Chauvin

May 4th, 2021

In May 2020 Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, killed George Floyd, a black man, whilst arresting him. Why was the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial so important?

Nigeria’s Twitter ban

July 2nd, 2021

Download activities that discuss whether it is right for a government to ban social media. These resources focus specifically on the events leading to Nigeria’s recent Twitter ban. Was it justified?

Protest: does it work?

January 8th, 2021

A special set of resources on protest: six 20-minute sessions exploring thought-provoking questions such as: why do people protest? What impact could protest have? Does protest work?

Racism Part I

June 19th, 2020

Help learners to explore important and pressing questions like: What is prejudice? What does discrimination look like? Whose responsibility is it to end racism?

Racism Part II

June 26th, 2020

Download activities that investigate the historical context behind the Black Lives Matter movement and explore questions about what’s happening right now.

Special guest post

Each resource includes a special contribution from Liberty Martin, an undergraduate student and writer at Columbia University. Liberty shares her perspective on recent events and encourages people to educate themselves about racial equality. Click below to read it.

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