TEACHERS made a stand yesterday against the scapegoating of migrants as the NUT union passed a motion to further combat racist and fascist organisations.
Heated debate on growing racism, migration and Islamophobia in Britain took place at the union’s annual conference. NUT general secretary Christine Blower said that Britain’s “greatest asset and strength” was cultural diversity.
“Schools play a vital role in achieving progress, equality and inclusion within society,” she said.
“The continuing rise in anti-immigrant propaganda is largely based on myths that seek to scapegoat on migrants for a wide range of ills in society.”
The union reinforced its commitment to zero-tolerance on all forms of racism and pledged to continue using education as a “tool” against bigotry.
Ms Blower added: “Politicians must step up to the plate too and recognise the power of their words and the impact of their actions in driving prejudice against immigrant children and families.”