Anti racist education is urgently needed, the fight to end racism is far from over. Woodcraft Folk stands in solidarity with all those affected by, and fighting against racism in all its forms. Racism must be challenged and opposed, and we all have more work to do. We are committed to unity, action, and education to support young people to build a new and better world.
This is a collection of actively anti racist activities for children and young people, along with links to resources from other organisations doing brilliant work in the fight against racism.
Further Resources & Links
UNICEF have written a short piece on how to talk to your children about racism. The British Red Cross have also created excellent resources on how parents and children can talk to each other about race and racism – they have two versions, one for young children and the other for older young people.
If you didn’t have these conversations as a child, you might find it hard to know what to say. This is a list of things you might say — 100 race conscious things you can say to your children.
Amnesty International have some great activities that challenge discrimination and racism.
A coalition of charities have launched #YoungAndBlack. This is a project about amplifying young Black voices and giving young Black people control of their own narrative, sharing their thoughts on what it means to be #YoungAndBlack in Britain.
News from Nowhere is Liverpool’s not-for-profit radical & community bookshop. They have collected a list of Anti Racist books.
The Book Trust put together a reading list of historical stories from Black history around the world.
Here Wee Read is a blog dedicated to sharing diverse and inclusive books – here is their 2018 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books.
There are a lot of brilliant books about race and racism for younger children available as videos online. Jelani Memory reads his book A Kids Book About Racism. Julius Lester’s book Let’s Talk About Race is all about how we are the same under our skin.
Hair Love is short film which tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.
CBBC’s Newsround has shared black children’s thoughts on racism in the UK and the death of George Floyd in this short video. There are also many other brilliant short films aimed at young people from Newsround, including one about Kezia who is campaigning for more diversity in children’s books.
This short film features a young girl talking about her experiences of racism at school in the UK and poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah.
Roads From The Past is a short animated film about the history of Britain’s Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.
For older young people wanting to understand what is happening in the news at the moment this Guardian Explainer video explains US race protests, George Floyd and their context in a clear way and does not show any violence directly.
Stand up to Racism organises actions and protests is supported by many trades unions and groups representing many of Britain’s diverse communities.
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) is the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity. They work in schools and other educational settings throughout the UK to offer a whole range of educational training, workshops, resources and activities, all designed to educate young people and adults about the causes and the consequences of racism.
Kids of Colour is “a platform for young people of colour to explore race, identity and culture and challenge the everyday, institutionalised racism that shapes their lives.” They also have a youtube channel with great films made by the young people they work with about their experiences.
Woodcraft Folk is committed to anti-racism. Here is our statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.