The impact of racism on learners can be far-reaching, affecting their psychological well-being, academic performance and future opportunities. According to a study by the Bertelsmann Foundation in 2021, almost half of the learners surveyed said that racial slurs and discrimination were commonplace in their school. The study also found that learners with racial discrimination at school often perform worse at school and identify less with school.
It is important that schools take action to combat racial discrimination and create a climate of respect and tolerance. This includes, for example, raising awareness of racism among teachers and learners, setting up grievance mechanisms and working with the local community to break down prejudices and stereotypes. In addition, integrating intercultural content and perspectives into the curriculum can also help young people develop an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.