A Race Equality Policy to tackle racial discrimination in all schools and pre school centres in Clackmannanshire will be fully in place by 2005
The policy was approved at last night's Learning and Leisure Committee and follows hard on the heels of the recently published Race Equality Scheme for Clackmannanshire - which sets out how the Council will promote race equality for the next three years. The policy has been developed in line with guidance from the Commission of Racal Equality (CRE) and through consultation with many organisations including local schools and members of the local childcare partnership.
Councillor Alison Lindsay, Convener of the Learning and Leisure Committee said: "This policy is vital if we are to challenge and tackle instances of racial harassment successfully in Clackmannanshire and society as a whole. Schools are centres for education so what better place to support children develop respect for each other and a lifelong commitment to the principles of equality and justice."
Following the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, the Race Relations Amendment Act was amended to make sure that public organisations such as the police and local authorities take a more active approach to promoting racial equality. The Race Equality Policy provides a practical framework to support schools and pre school/early years centres in meeting their obligations under the Act.
Councillor Lindsay added: "Our policy incorporates the Council's long standing commitment to a multi agency response to incidents of racial harassment and attack and it complements the Council's Race Equality Scheme published in November 2002."