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Thursday, 7 March, 2002, 06:54 GMT
Pupils urged to challenge bigotry
Sectarian warning
Children have been asked about sectarianism
A video aimed at encouraging children to challenge sectarianism is to be sent to every school in Glasgow.

The five-minute film - entitled 'Glasgow United? - is part of a drive to stamp out bigotry in the city.

It features the voices of children talking about their views and experiences of sectarianism.

We want to encourage pupils to talk about this issue

Archie Graham
Glasgow City Council
Every primary and secondary school in the city will receive a copy of the video, which will be officially launched on Thursday, in the coming weeks.

The education pack will also include a series of activities designed for use by teachers in the classroom.

"We are very serious about challenging sectarianism in Glasgow and this is an important weapon in terms of our overall strategy for doing that," said Glasgow City Council's anti-sectarianism spokesman, Councillor Archie Graham.

"We want to encourage pupils to talk about this issue, discuss how it affects them and make suggestions as to how it might best be tackled."

Community groups

The video was commissioned by the city council in partnership with Glasgow Film Theatre.

It follows the launch last year of Sense of Sectarianism, which aims to encourage individuals and community groups to come up with ideas for local anti-sectarian projects.

City councillors have also approved a 35,000 grant for a new study into sectarianism in the city.

Anti-sectarianism poster
A bill to ban bigotry has been brought forward
Researchers will be surveying 1,000 city households over an eight-month period, while also conducting interviews with councillors, MSPs, police and community leaders.

Last year a Liberal Democrat MSP brought forward a bill aimed at banning bigotry north of the border.

Donald Gorrie's Protection from Sectarianism and Religious Hatred Bill would make sectarianism and religious hatred an aggravation of existing criminal offences.

The Scottish Executive has established a working group to consider whether the law on sectarianism in Scotland needs updating, or even replacing with new legislation.

Its conclusions are expected in the summer.

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