This briefing aims to outline how cultural awareness initiatives can reduce discrimination experienced by immigrant children and young people in Scotland.
Discrimination, Cultural awareness, Children and young people, Learning initiatives.
- Migration in Scotland is of growing importance, and Edinburgh in particular has one of the largest communities of migrant and non-native children in the country.
- Evidence indicates racism and discrimination towards migrants is a prominent issue in local classrooms, with potential consequences for students’ health and wellbeing such as depression, poor educational outcomes and aggressive behaviour.
- Cultural exchanges and awareness initiatives can discourage discriminatory attitudes and behaviour towards migrant children and youths, can equip students with practical skills and can benefit both non-native and native-born children psychologically and academically.
- Recommendations for global learning initiatives include participation in global online communities and cultural education in the classroom.