Location and general information
Ireland has been under international scrutiny as a country that is failing to meet its international human rights obligations to tackle racism and discrimination. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, the Council of Europe and the Irish Network Against Racism have all highlighted Ireland’s shortcomings: the country has an above-average number of incidents of discrimination and racist violence.
- Increase mutual understanding between children and young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds
- Help combat racism and xenophobia
- Promote the integration of immigrants into Irish schools and society
- Promote gender equality in sport and society
- Introduce children to the concept of human rights
Football versus Discrimination is a 75-minute interactive workshop using football as a tool to address issues of discrimination such as racism, sexism, ableism and homophobia.
- Children learn about forms of discrimination by playing football.
- Role-playing games are used to identify and experience how it feels to discriminate and to be discriminated against.
- Games of fair play football (football3) are played in which participants take responsibility for their own actions. There are no referees and players are encouraged to set their own rules and resolve disagreements through dialogue.
- In the days following the workshop, participants complete an in-class questionnaire reflecting on what they have learned.