September 10 2018
Hundreds of people from across North Lanarkshire will join the battle against bigotry this week as part of our efforts to rid Scotland of sectarianism.
Nil by Mouth Staff will lead an ‘Acton Week’ in schools, colleges and workplaces across the area delivering workshops, presentations, staff training, and sports activities to raise awareness of sectarianism and promote positive community relations from the 10th – 15th September.
The charity will visit Bellshill, Motherwell, Mossend, Cumberauld, Wishaw, Coatbridge and Condorratt with support from politicians, teachers, lecturers and pupils. Employers, including Network Rail will offer staff the chance to learn more about the charity’s work and the potential consequences of posting sectarian abuse online. Pupils from denominational and non-denominational schools will come together to work on art, science and sport projects and have the chance to win tickets to watch Scotland at Hampden. The programme is being supported Scottish Government Community Safety Unit as part of ongoing efforts across the country to support education work which tackles religious bigotry and celebrates the diversity of our society.
Nil By Mouth Director Dave Scott said:
‘There has been a series of shocking events in recent weeks that remind us that sectarianism is still a very real problem in people’s lives. This is further stoked online through social media sites where, sadly, people are spending increasing amounts of time trying to provoke and antagonise others.
That is why we have launched a series of Action Weeks, kicking off in North Lanarkshire, which will give people from all walks of life a platform to come together to prove that there is much more that unites us than divides. We are particularly pleased that so many young people will take part in this Action Week as we bring schools together for a range of education, sporting and cultural activities which celebrate diversity. It’s also fantastic that employers like Network Rail and New College are inviting us in to talk to staff and students to ensure that everyone is made aware of their rights and responsibilities. Sectarianism is a problem that goes well beyond the touchlines and terraces.
We will be taking this campaign to other parts of the country in the months ahead to hammer home the message that Scotland is bigger, brighter and bolder than bigotry.’