March 11 2019
Hundreds of pupils from
across Central Scotland will join the battle against bigotry this week as part of a charity’s efforts to rid Scotland of sectarianism.
Campaigners Nil by Mouth will lead an ‘Action Week’ in schools across the area delivering workshops staff training, and sports activities to raise awareness of sectarianism from 11th – 15th March with Stirling Perth and Falkirk included in its programme. The charity will also be targeting social media users across the region with its ‘Sectarianism is a Turn Off’ Campaign focusing on the impacts of sectarian attitudes on relationships.
‘Action Week’ will kick off at Airth Primary School in Falkirk this morning and will include visits to St Modan’s High School in Stirling as well as a trip to the city’s University later in the week. Staff at Perth and Kinross Council will take part in the charity’s ‘Beyond Religion and Belief’ training programme and the school will deliver a workshop at Our Lady’s Primary School in Perth
The programme is being supported by the 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. Campaigners hope the week’s events will focus minds on how society addresses sectarianism and send out a clear message that bigotry has no place in twenty first century Scotland. Last year the charity worked with over 10,000 people across more than 20 local authorities in Scotland.
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. However, sectarianism is a problem which goes well beyond the trolls, touchlines and terraces and it’s important that we take our message of tolerance and change directly to people in their schools workplaces and communities. We are keen to deliver more work across Central Scotland and all our services including programmes in schools, workplaces, colleges and universities are offered free of charge. We will use this week to hammer home the message that Scotland is bigger, brighter and bolder than bigotry.’