Switch Off Prejudice examines the dangers of prejudice both from a historical perspective, and in the modern world, encouraging young people to question and challenge discrimination in all its forms.

The aims of this programme are to: 

  • Increase knowledge of the harmful effects of prejudice and discrimination 
  • Develop non-judgemental attitudes, respect and empathy for others 
  • Improve critical thinking skills about propaganda and online content 
  • Increase knowledge, confidence and skills to speak up against prejudice, discrimination, hate and intolerance 
  • Provide young people with the opportunity to make their voices heard on issues that affect them and matter to them 
  • Improve confidence, giving young people knowledge and narrative to stand up for themselves and others. 

 

Young people will gain: 

  • An understanding of prejudice and discrimination 
  • Increased confidence  
  • Experience in planning and running community event 
  • A deeper understanding of their chosen workshop topic 
  • A chance to develop collaborative skills 

 

Practicalities: 

  • Available from September 2020 for schools in Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Havering and Barking & Dagenham. 
  • For young people aged 10 –15 years 
  • Up to 30 young people per class or group 
  • Delivered via video-link or in person with appropriate social distancing 
  • Workshops available: anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, extremism, hate crime 
  • Delivered alongside ‘My Story’ 
  • Available in 1 hour or 2 hour versions 
  • Additional follow-on workshops for up to 8 young people to create a campaign based on an issue of prejudice and discrimination of their choosing. Including an opportunity to design and run a community event with other students from the borough 
  • No cost to state schools 

This programme is funded by the Mayor of London’s Shared Endeavour Fund.