Professional footballers and celebrities with join members of the anti-racism education charity in mapping their DNA and discovering their origins
“Getting young people to understand that Britain has a long standing history of migration and that inward and outward migration is beneficial to Britain, to some extent will lessen the pull to far-right movements who draw support from notions of ‘Englishness’, ‘British-ness’ and cultural erosion."
Laura Pidcock, Education Manager for Show Racism the Red Card
The meeting will be filmed by Tyne Tees Television and is part of a wider focus on exploring the ways in which the organisation discusses immigration and heritage with young people.
DNA Worldwide 'Match Tests' pair up your results with a database of over 360 countries in the world and provide you with a map pinpointing the journey your ancestors took in order to settle where you are now. The scientific evidence and knowledge behind these tests coupled with SRtRC’s workshop delivery will allow us to get young people understanding that Britain has been a migrant country for centuries and nobody’s heritage is 100% British.
This project is in it’s infancy, and a new and exciting partnership between SRtRC and DNA Worldwide, which endeavours to pilot work with students in the North East, an ancestry test comparing participants DNA to over 300,000 different population groups, will identify where their ancestry is from. Education teams from SRtRC will use their results as a really unique way of exploring and discussing the idea of migration further.
In addition to SRtRC staff a number of fromer professional footballers and celebrities have also taken part including Emmerdale’s Charlie Hardwick, Laura Norton and John Middleton. SRtRC’s own coaches Gary Bennett, Olivier Bernard and John Anderson are also taking part.
Laura Pidcock, Education Manager for Show Racism the Red Card explains this further:
“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% British and questioning why this would matter.”
“Getting young people to understand that Britain has a long standing history of migration and that inward and outward migration is beneficial to Britain, to some extent will lessen the pull to far-right movements who draw support from notions of ‘Englishness’, ‘British-ness’ and cultural erosion. We hope 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”
Footage of the meeting will be aired by Tyne Tees Television during the evening news on Monday 11th August. Members of the press are invited to attend the meeting at Centre for life from 12noon provided that coverage is not published until after the programme has been broadcast.