CAHERLINE NS is this year’s national winner in the primary schools category of Show Racism the Red Card’s creative competition.
The winning art work has three elements: a photograph of each student in the class bearing the slogan Show Racism the Red Card, a painting by each student of people of various ethnicities and from different countries and, finally, a collage depicting a person with various skin tones. Caherline NS also produced an excellent video to promote respect.
Although the standard of entries was described as “terrific” by Minister Aodhan Ó Ríordáin, it is clear why this school – a first-time entry – won first prize. It gives a clear message of acceptance and equality, and echoes Red Card’s anti-racism views.
Creating their entry seems to have taught the students a lot.
“We learned that we’re all different, but we should respect people and who they are,” said Caherline pupil Zuzanna Gruszecka. “We shouldn’t judge people just because they’re different.”
Finalists of the competition gathered in the Aviva Stadium on Monday, April 20. It attracted 235 entries from around the 26 counties.