Race Relations Day is observed around the world as the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination. It was celebrated recently on March 21st. It coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in society. As a parent or caregiver, it is crucial to teach your child about the importance of respecting and celebrating different cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds.

Support your child in having a clear understanding of racial harmony by modelling inclusive and respectful behaviour, encouraging empathy, appreciating the experiences of others, and speaking up against racism.

Teaching children about different cultures and having open conversations about race and discrimination can help them to develop a strong sense of moral and ethical values.

Race Relations Day has become more prominent, with events and activities now taking place across Aotearoa. By raising awareness and encouraging dialogue around the importance of cultural humility and inclusiveness, we can foster positive attitudes and beliefs towards racial harmony. This will help create a more inclusive and equitable world.

The recent Special Report on SchoolTV, given by Dr Emma Woodward, Child and Adolescent Psychologist, looks at this and hopes to instil positive values and create an opportunity to start a conversation with your child about understanding diversity and multiculturalism. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one, or the well-being of your child, please consider contacting the Rangitoto Counselling Team or seeking other medical or professional help.

To access the Special Report on Race Relations Day, please click here.

Ngā mihi nui.

Jay Smith, Head of Guidance