A FROME company is helping a leading anti-racism charity to combat racism in schools across the UK after a pilot scheme was given the green light.
DNA Worldwide, which specialises in the testing of DNA, drug and alcohol services, has joined forces with Show Racism the Red Card, on a project to test children's DNA and it is hoped this will provide a long-term anti-racism message – by allowing children to see they have ancestry from many parts of the world.
DNA director, David Nicholson, said at a young age the views of our children are greatly influenced by parents, their friends and teachers all of whom have a responsibility to raise and nurture children.
He said: "Why do we find children who naturally see no difference between one another regardless of skin colour change their views as they grow older?
"The problem is both simple and complex, parents, piers and society can have extreme or hidden views which get imposed on our children.
"The children start to think this is normal and another generation with the same issues develops."
Education manager at Show Racism the Red Card charity, Jeff Morgan, said some of the young people he meets have very fixed views.
He said: "Some of the young people we meet have very fixed views on immigration, views which are often comprised of untruths and myths. We feel these tests will really open their eyes to the history of migration and their own heritage being not necessarily 100 per cent British and questioning why this would matter.
We think that this unique approach will have a long lasting impact, changing perceptions of themselves and the world around them and challenging the us 'and them' racist ideology."
Mr Nicholson added: "It will be wonderful to see the children being armed with information that helps them stay firm to what the young children feel – that skin colour does not make you different."
DNA Worldwide will be reporting on the results of the pilot project, which includes samples from famous footballers and X-Factor winners, as well as the children in the selected schools – as soon as they are ready. We also welcome any other schools that are interested in taking part and look forward to sharing the results.