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Pupils were supported by charity Action for Children to create the Inclusion and Diversity Charter Mark to recognise schools promoting inclusion.

A nationwide scheme has been launched to help stamp out prejudice and discrimination in Scotland’s schools.

A new award to recognise efforts of schools in promoting inclusion and diversity has been developed by young people, supported by Action for Children.

The Inclusion and Diversity Charter Mark will be piloted in Edinburgh before being rolled out across the country.

The mark will help schools examine policy, practice and legal obligations on equality for all young people and the charity has created equality indicators for schools so they can mark progress towards recognition.

Pupils will be encouraged to share experiences with each other and help teach the next generation of youngsters to reject prejudice and discrimination.

Labour’s Anas Sarwar, chairman of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia, attended the launch at Broughton High School in Edinburgh.

The MSP said: “Everyday racism can be found in our classrooms and playgrounds across the country, and too many young people in Scotland face bullying and discrimination.


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