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There is an “urgent” need for anti-racist education in Scotland’s schools, according to a teaching union.

The EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said the rise of far-right politics made challenging prejudice an increasingly “important task”.

He was speaking ahead of an event to discuss embedding anti-racist education in the curriculum.

Scotland’s education secretary insisted the current system was already equipped to deal with racism at every level.

‘Racist attitudes’

Mr Flanagan said the Teachers Turning the Tide event in Glasgow was part of the union’s ongoing commitment to anti-racist education across Scotland.

He said: “Sadly, this work is becoming more urgent than ever as a result of the growth of the far right across Europe and increases in racist attitudes in many parts of society, including in political debate and via mass media.”

Campaigners argue that disciplining youngsters once they have acted in a racist way is inadequate.

Priya Khindria, from Show Racism the Red Card, said: “As a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society, Scotland’s young people need to be educated around these topics.

“It is not simply enough to discipline those who exhibit racist behaviours – we must be proactive in teaching young people to prevent racist incidents from occurring.”

Her sentiments were echoed by Labour’s Anas Sarwar, chairman of Holyrood’s cross party group on tackling Islamophobia.


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