Duncanrig - 2012A South Lanarkshire school is celebrating after becoming the first in Scotland to scoop an award for its efforts in tackling sectarianism.

Duncanrig Secondary School in East Kilbride will today receive coveted ‘accredited’ status as part of anti-sectarianism charity Nil By Mouth’s ‘Champion for Change’ campaign.

The campaign recognises best practice addressing and challenging bigotry across the curriculum, and schools have to achieve several benchmarks in order to achieve ‘Champion for Change’ status. The achievement has been marked at Holyrood by East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani, who has lodged a motion praising the campaign.

Over the last term alone, Duncanrig pupils staff and parents have taken part in anti-sectarianism workshops, hosted a series of anti-sectarian events and ran an inter-faith football tournament.

Pupils have even created their own ‘bigot busting’ code of conduct pledging:

  • No sectarian words, “jokes” or songs used in school.
  • No negative behaviour towards others based on their religion.
  • Keep football-related discussion about the game, not religion, history or politics. No football strips or logos. Healthy football rivalry is fine, sectarian words and actions are not.
  • If you see or hear something sectarian, say something.

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director, Dave Scott, said:

‘The work taking place here is of an exceptionally high standard and the commitment shown by the entire school community makes Duncanrig a more than worthy winner of this award. Through their pioneering anti-sectarian charter these pupils, parents and teachers have pledged to make a difference and banish bigotry once and for all.
Duncanrig has set the benchmark for schools across the country”

Linda Fabiani MSP added:

‘I am a strong admirer of the work of the charity Nil by Mouth and I am delighted that Duncanrig Secondary School is the first in Scotland to receive this anti-sectarianism accreditation. Sectarianism has no place in Scottish society and this has been affirmed by the pupils, staff and parents in their commitment to an anti-sectarian charter and the amount of work put into achieving this award.”