At E-Raced, our purpose is to educate, bring awareness and embrace the fact that Australia is a diverse and multicultural country. We do not have a political agenda; however, it is quite evident that majority of schools in Queensland do not have programs such as ours. We focus on issues of refugees and migrants leaving in Australia and bring change in the school system across Australia. We not only share stories and experiences but also share our cultures, music, games, dance, fashion, and ambitions with our fellow young Australians.
We believe that better understanding is good for anyone and everyone, and the best way to achieve it is through the sharing of stories. That’s why our motto is ‘Erasing racism, one story at a time’.
In 2013, E-Raced founder Prudence Melom, a young refugee won the annual ABC Heywire competition. Prudence travelled from her home in Toowoomba to Canberra where she met winners from other regions across Australia. During a forum at parliament house Prudence was given the opportunity to discuss issues effecting young Australians in her community. Together with two other Heywire participants, Prudence came up with a project called E-Raced. E-Raced aims to eliminate racism through story telling. E-Raced not only gives young people the opportunity to have their voice heard and their stories shared, but in doing so will educate others.
We believe that every single individual has an important story that makes them a part of who they are, and we want young people to understand
that they can always make a difference by using their story to connect
with different types of people.
By connecting and building relationships we aim to eliminate this idea of racism through a variety of medium. Sometimes it can be a speech, sometimes a friendly chat, or perhaps even a piece of art. But every story, regardless of the format, contains the simple truth that no matter where you are born, or what God you pray to, or what the colour of your skin is, we are all human,
and deserving of dignity, respect and love.
Our approach is effective because it breaks down barriers – even the subtle ones. Racism doesn’t need name-calling, discrimination or violence to harm society; sometimes it can be as subtle as a black hand being afraid to go
up first in a white classroom.