Education is being described by teachers, politicians and charities today as a ‘vehicle’ for overcoming racial prejudice.
It is ahead of a meeting today on how best to teach children about islamophobia and racism.
The number of race related offences recorded by Police Scotland has dropped, but there are still concerns about racist incidents across Scotland.
Anas Sarwar MSP, Convener of the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia, said:
“Across Scotland, there are major challenges facing society with everyday racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and more.
“I warmly welcome the new guidance from the EIS on combatting anti-Muslim prejudice in our schools, and the recognition of the need to embed anti-racist education across the curriculum.
“Education is rightly seen as the vehicle to break the cycle of poverty, but it is also the vehicle to defeat prejudice and hate.
“Teaching a child can help educate and change a family, and it can educate and change a community.
“The fight against all forms of hatred, prejudice and bigotry is a fight for all of us.”