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Challenging Racism in Schools: EDM Pull-Out Internet Resource Guide

Magazine article English Drama Media

Challenging Racism in Schools: EDM Pull-Out Internet Resource Guide

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A wide-ranging guide to websites which provide a wealth of valuable information and resources for students and teachers. Provided by Prof. Mike Cole (Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln) the guide is compiled from two lists--one by Jane Lane (www.childrenwebmag.com), the other by the Insted Consultancy (www.insted.co.uk) and the City Academy. Bristol.

Sites for Children and Young People

BBC Newsround: Useful and stimulating lesson plans and materials for teaching about racism and leading discussion of, and action against, racist bullying.

www.news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4020000/newsid_4025100/ 4025117.stm

Britkid: Intended in the first instance for primary school pupils in areas where there are few people of minority-ethnic backgrounds, but its interest is in fact much wider.

www.britkid.org/

Coastkid: Based on the Britkid concept (see above) and based in Brighton and Hove, the focus is on the relationships and conflicts that arise between nine young people in an imaginary school.

www.coastkid.org/

Cyber Pilots: A meeting place for children and young people from Gypsy, Traveller, Barge and Showman families and communities, with games, stories, advice and moral support, and guidance for their teachers.

www.gypsy-traveller.org/cyberpilots/index.htm

Ekta Kettering: Run for teenagers by teenagers, about racist attacks and attitudes. Based in a single borough but with relevance and interest everywhere.

www.ektakettering.org/

Hometown: Set up by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), this is a lively and engaging site for children and young people about dealing with bullying, including racist bullying. Lots of conversations and stories for role-play, discussion and further research.

www.anti-bullyingalliance.org/walkthru.htm

Kiddiesville Football Club: Intended particularly for primary schools, a very lively site about the exploits of an imaginary football team, with music, stories, games, humorous and nonsense verse, and vivid graphics. Also, explanatory background notes for teachers. ('Adultsville'.)

www.kiddiesvillefc.com

Pakistan Connection

Developed for schools in Staffordshire, exploring links between the local area and Pakistan, but of lively interest for many other places too. There are sections on history, arts, fashion, work, sport, music and religion, and interviews with people of Pakistani heritage now living in Britain.

www.spirit-staffs.co.uk/pakistan/

Rewind: Intended for secondary students as well as for teachers and youth workers, a lively collection of materials and discussions about racism and race equality.

www.rewind.org.uk

Sikh Kids: A platform for sharing information and news and giving mutual support.

www.sikhkids.com/

Youthweb: Lively site for secondary students, teachers and youth workers. On the home page click on the 'Respect' button.

www.youth-web.org.uk

Racism, Antisemitism and Islamophobia

Anne Frank House: There are several websites teaching about antisemitism and racism through the inspiration of Anne Frank's diary. Links to most of them are accessible through the site of Anne Frank House, based in Amsterdam.

www.annefrank.org

Anti-Defamation League: Lesson plans and resource lists for teaching about a wide range of equality and diversity issues under the general heading of anti-bias teaching. Based in the United States, but with stimulating ideas for many other countries as well.

www.adl.org/education/

Antiracist Toolkit: Advice on good practice on a range of matters, including dealing with racist behaviour in schools and developing a positive school ethos. Many case studies. Developed in Scotland but relevant throughout the UK.

www.antiracisttoolkit.org.uk

Black Information Link: Run by the 1990 Trust, a large collection of newspaper articles, cuttings and reports, all clearly catalogued, giving a comprehensive picture of the current scene. …

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