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Galway One World Centre, Kilcornan House, Clarinbridge, County Galway

Phone 091 638032 / 0872645344 / education@galwayowc.org

 

GOWC is delighted to be involved in an innvative project with Reading International Solidarity Centre in the UK:

Quality or Quantity: Measuring teachers’ impact on pupil attitudes and actions’ when learning about  Development Education in school.

For further information about this project please Click here.

GTA

The Global Teachers Award is a now in its fifth year, with Levels 1 and 2 proving enormously popular with teachers and with community educators Click here for more details.

 

 

 

Successful Challenge to Racism in the Media

Our Anti Racism worker, Sharon Murphy, made a successful challenge regarding racist comments on the David Harvey show, Classic Hits 4FM. Her complaint to the Broadcasting Authority was upheld.

Sharon explains, I was told by an acquaintance to listen to the new radio station, Classic Hits 4FM,  “they sound radical, not afraid to discuss uncomfortable issues” she said. Like what I asked? “Issues of the day, politics, immigration, banks defaulting, etc”. I tuned in during 2012. It seemed to me whenever the topics of immigration, welfare, employment or housing were discussed it quickly became a justification for people to discuss the behaviour of minority groups. I was shocked and hurt by many of the insults that were aired i.e. “Africans should be sterilised” ”Nigerians are dirty”, which mostly went unchallenged by the presenter, David Harvey. I wondered, how is it that these offensive comments could be allowed to go unchallenged without any consequences? Over the next few months on behalf of the Galway One World Centre I decided to monitor the show. We sent our findings to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Thankfully they upheld our complaint. Sharon Murphy-Anti Racism Worker

Please find full statement by the Broadcasting Authority (page 4) BAI_October2013

As explained, in the statement, Sharon read a poem out on air, expressing her feelings about comments made on the show.  This was not a right of reply, as confirmed by the Broadcasting Authority,  but we thought you might like to hear the poem, in a version set to Sharon’s own original music.

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