October is Black History Month in the UK and it's been celebrated nationwide every year for nearly 40 years. This month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to this country over many generations. PREC is proud to be involved in this important educational work.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
Check out Peterborough Today reports and pictures on June 6th Protest March in Cathedral Square. PREC in collaboration with Black History Month helped in organising the city's response, the largest in 40 years, and praised for being held non-violently and with respect and social distancing. PREC will be supporting Black Lives Matter developments in the city and nation.
NEW SCHOOL EXCLUSION REPORT
Institute of Race Relations Report on how young Black working-class children face high school exclusion rates and their consequences. This disturbing report is London based but we need to do more research on the situation in Peterborough.
'While a minority of young, multiracial working-class Londoners caught up in serious youth violence are schooled in the Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and Alternative Provision (AP) that forms part of the ‘PRU-to-prison pipeline’; little is known about how the education system for the excluded came about.
The IRR’s new paper, How Black Working-Class Youth are Criminalised and Excluded in the English School System: A London Case Study, reveals that over the past forty years, exclusion from mainstream school has coincided with systematic ‘educational enclosure’.
Corona Virus - Covid 19
June 2020 sees us all still confined to our homes and not able to
organise events and meetings since March 24th. Inevitably, this is delaying our plans for growing PREC. But we do have this online presence and both email and mobile support to offer and to develop ... so watch this space! We will not let a nasty little virus beat us!
The Rule of Six!
As of September 2020 we have new Government regulations to limit meeting each other. They are sensible and explained clearly in this website. Click on it for the latest information designed to keep us safe ...
Are you Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic? Then recent reports show you to be at greater risk from Covid-19. This may be due to diet, economic deprivation, type of work, direct or indirect discrimination, or cultural and genetic factors. Whatever the reason, do your best to look after yourself, take the best advice, and keep to social distancing rules as well as you can. In addition, use gloves and a mask whenever you are in a public place.
For many BAME people, their chief risk is looking after the rest of us, in hospitals, transport, driving, care homes and caring. PREC honours your courage, thanks you for your hard work, and pledges itself to fight for racial justice.
Peterborough City Council Guidance
Keep the children happy with online teaching materials for all ages via BBC.
Our amazing team of volunteers is committed to helping others. We are all committed to working for the welfare of our diverse city. We are proud that over 120 languages are spoken here. We are determined to challenge all forms of racial discrimination, and to take this conviction and turn it into positive action. Think you would be a good fit? Get in touch for more information!
PREC was founded as a Charity in 1974 to monitor racial equality policies in the city and to challenge direct and indirect discrimination. We have now become an all volunteer, independent service and hold The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. We research minority ethnic achievement in education.
Like so many voluntary organisations, after the financial crash of recent years, we lost all our national and local authority funding as government reduced public spending. Now we are re-building PREC using all voluntary labour. This will give us greater independence because we won't be forced to comply with funder requirements to the same degree. We can identify and pursue our own priorities.
In November 2019 we moved into a new office in central Peterborough. Details are on the 'Contact Us' page: For non-confidential, routine enquiries, or requests on where to get further help and information, we have now set up an email inbox email@example.com and now offer mobile phone contact on 07934 719760.
Specially good news is that four young people have volunteered to do research with us. They want to find out more about other young people's attitudes to knife crime and what is driving it..
We are partnering a city project bidding to provide a new cricket club for young people from different backgrounds. This follows on from our partner's successful community football project.
We have co-organised a Black Lives Matter event in Cathedral Square, Peterborough. When we are allowed, we shall be having a 'Public Philosophy' debate on Brexit and its implications for BAME communities.
Our Research Officer has just published the PREC Report 'For the City's Sake' which gives voice to young BAME people and their attirudes to racism and community cohesion in Peterborough. (See column to the right)
We are in process of setting up several working groups taking up particular issues:
1. Campaigning and Advocacy
2. Youthwork and Education
3. Events and Promotion
4. Research (continuing)
PREC started a long-term project called 'River of Hope' back in 1999. This studied educational achievement by ethnicity. Further academic studies have followed and continue, led by our research officer and her team of colleagues. A particular interest is in hearing young people's voices and publishing their views.
We have published a significant new report 'For the City's Sake' being prepared now for circulation and presentation (as Covid 19 allows!). This was produced with support from Near Neighbours, in early 2020. It is based on the views of 430 young people from BAME backgrounds in the city and it has been produced in collaboration with The Open University. Further details to follow later.