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To: The Department of Education
Put Anti-Racism Education on the Curriculum
Develop a comprehensive curriculum of education on racism in Ireland and internationally, to be taught in throughout primary and secondary school.
Why is this important?
Children as young as six years old often show prejudiced attitudes towards people of other ethnic groups. This is especially true with White children who tend to display more racial bias than other groups. Racially-biased children may grow up to be prejudiced adults and this contributes to racism in our society. Children will "naturally" grow up to be non-racist adults only when they live in a non-racist society. Until then, adults must guide children's antiracist development.
It is therefore incredibly important that education about race and racism is begun at the earliest stage possible, and continued throughout children’s time in the education system.