Young people across Lanarkshire are being encouraged to stand up and be counted in the battle against sectarianism.
The call was made by East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani after an event at Holyrood by Scotland’s leading anti-sectarianism charity Nil by Mouth (NBM).
NBM was founded by Glasgow teenager Cara Henderson after the brutal sectarian murder of her friend Mark Scott in 1996. Since then it has campaigned tirelessly against sectarianism on, and off, the terraces.
The charity currently offers workshops in schools, colleges and youth groups through its ‘Champions for Change’ scheme which seeks to inspire young people to challenge sectarian attitudes and learn more about other cultures and beliefs.
East Kilbride has already set the standard for these awards with Duncanrig Secondary and Our Lady of Lourdes PS both earning awards last year
Linda Fabiani MSP said:
“Unfortunately I was unable to attend this event, however I’ve seen for myself the positive impact this scheme has had on the young people involved in schools across East Kilbride. Through ‘Champions for Change’ they have sent out a message that sectarianism has no place in our area.
The Scottish Government has committed £9 million to community led projects aimed at bringing people together and set up an independent panel of experts to help advise it on how best to bring about lasting change.
Sectarianism is a problem for Scotland but not an insurmountable one and this can be the generation which defeats it once and for all.’
Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott:
“We are extremely grateful to have Linda’s continued support for our campaign.
The Scottish Government is investing record levels in grassroots community projects aimed at helping the silent majority of people find their voice on sectarianism.
Everyone has a part to play in ridding Scotland of bigotry and we have been working with a number of youth groups, schools and colleges in South Lanarkshire.
All NBM services are free of charge and we are very keen to deepen our work with groups in the Lanarkshire area. By working together we can banish bigotry once and for all.”