Diversity Wins at Ibrox Primary School
Thu 2nd February 2023
Rangers Charity Foundation Chief Executive Connal Cochrane and Rangers FC Women’s and Girl’s manager Amy McDonald visited Ibrox Primary to take part in the Foundation’s Diversity Wins school programme and see it in action.
Primary 6 and 7 pupils in schools across the Glasgow area learn about discrimination and prejudice, stereotyping and employability with the Rangers Charity Foundation. There is a focus on the different skills-sets required to do different jobs, promotion of equality among young people and recognition of issues faced by the LGBT+ community, which is now part of the school curriculum.
Diversity Wins is run in partnership with Glasgow City Council as part of its Towards Better Futures initiative and the Foundation’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and support for Rangers Football Club’s Everyone Anyone campaign.
The programme features interactive workshops designed to break down barriers between young people from different backgrounds, promote anti-bullying and help prepare children for different employment pathways.
Diversity Wins was delivered to over 800 pupils in 26 schools in 2022. And after the course, 89 per cent of pupils had gained a good/excellent understanding of what discrimination and prejudice is, how it can look, and the impact it can have on people. Through activities, the young people also looked at ways they can help stop discrimination.
The Foundation invited Amy McDonald to Ibrox Primary on 1 February 2023 and answered questions about her career and experiences. She commented:
“I enjoyed meeting the kids at Ibrox Primary today. I have done lots of different jobs from football player, to coach to manager and it wasn’t always an easy path as a female.
“I think it’s important to teach people about discrimination awareness from an early age and how this can apply at school as well as in the workplace.”
Connal Cochrane added:
“I am proud that the Foundation delivers this vital work in so many schools across the city to educate children about discrimination and stereotyping. We are all different and must be able to bring our whole selves to school or work without fear of prejudice.
“It is great to be able to have these conversations so that school pupils can ask questions and learn about these issues in a safe environment.”