Aug 2019 | Racism study finds one in three school students are victims of discrimination

Date: 27 Aug 2019

Source: The Guardian

A first-of-its-kind study of racism in Australian schools has found one in three students report being the victim of racial discrimination by their peers.

Researchers from the Australian National University and Western Sydney University surveyed 4,600 primary and secondary students at government schools in New South Wales and Victoria on their experiences of racial discrimination in schools.

The study found that 40% of students in years five to nine from non-Anglo or European backgrounds reported experiencing racial discrimination by their peers.

Close to 20% of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background reported experiences of racial discrimination from their teachers. One in three students from non-Anglo or European backgrounds reported experiences of racial discrimination in wider society.

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