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Award-Winning National Learning Network Students Show Racism the Red Card

20 June 2013
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Congratulations to students from National Learning Network in Limerick who recently scooped first prize in the Special Education Category at the Show Racism the Red Card Awards 2013.

Over 500 young people from 25 different schools and training organisations attended the star-studded event, which took place at the Aviva Stadium in April. Guest of honour, Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter TD, was joined at the event by a host of celebrities including Ireland scrum-half Eoin Reddan, former soccer international Kevin Kilbane, Dublin GAA legend Jason Sherlock and Moldovan-born RTÉ children’s TV presenter Diana Bunici.

The Show Racism the Red Card called on young people to develop creative messages about racism and integration using written, visual and audiovisual means. Over 140 different schools and youth groups entered the creative competition with entries including a flash-mob dance, a re-working of the YouTube sensation ‘Gangam Style’ and an ‘Adam and Eve’ mosaic.

National Learning Network’s award-winning video entry, where students talked about what racism meant to them, was one of only three videos selected to be shown on a loop on huge screens throughout the impressive stadium during the event. The students devised the storyboard and developed the video themselves, supported by National Learning Network staff only where needed. According to NLN student Patrick Daly, it was a wonderful surprise to see themselves projected on to big screens everywhere they looked. “It was an amazing event and a great honour to see our video entry on the big screens in the Aviva Stadium.”

Patrick went on to say “We may have been among the smallest groups in the room that day, but I think that we nearly lifted the roof with our cheers when they announced that we had won first prize in the Special Education category. Speaking of the students’ achievement, Lisa Haugh, Area Manager, National Learning Network, said “Everyone at the centre is so proud of the students. It was an achievement, a journey, but most of all an education for them, and one they thoroughly enjoyed. The students are already looking forward to next year’s competition.

“Since winning the award, the students have held a screening of the video for all their families and friends. Parents, relations and friends were all delighted to see their loved ones speaking out about racism and, in the process, winning national recognition for it!”

You can view National Learning Network’s winning anti-racism video on You Tube.

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For Further information, contact Lisa Haugh, Area Manager, National Learning Network on (061) 229777