EIS has announced the publication of a new series of guides for teachers and lecturers on how to address Myths of Immigration in the classroom.
The EIS has produced three guides, each tailored for a different age range, to support teachers and lecturers in tackling misconceptions about immigration. The booklets were previewed at a special event at the Scottish Parliament, and will now be sent to all nurseries, schools, colleges and universities and published on the EIS website.
Commenting, EIS President Margaret Smith said, "The EIS welcomes and values a diverse and inclusive society, and we welcome refugees and asylum seekers to Scotland. We reject the demonisation of refugees and asylum seekers that has become so widespread at a political level and in much of the tabloid press and right-wing media.
"We hope that teachers and lecturers will find this resource useful for supporting open, honest conversations about immigration and for countering some of the misinformation that has spread in recent years. These guides should be used in the context of a broader anti-racist education programme, and may assist establishments to meet their legal obligations to promote equality and tackle discrimination based on race or religion.”
Nicola Hay, Campaign Manager for anti-racist charity Show Racism the Red Card, said, "It’s great that the EIS has produced these new materials. At SRtRC we are hearing more and more questions in the classroom regarding migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Both pupils and teachers are concerned about the misinformation and negative attitudes that are being repeated in the classroom, and we are really concerned about the effect that this is having on those communities.
"Our education workers have noticed an increase in the instances of racism reported to them from young people that seem to be motivated by anti-immigration sentiments. We know that teachers need all the support they can get to challenge myths around immigration, ensuring they and their young people can contribute to creating a fair, safe and inclusive community for all.”
There are three booklets, each one tailored to a different age range: Early Years and Early Primary (recommended for Nursery to Primary 2); Primary (recommended for Primary 3 upwards); Secondary and Further Education.