Impact of DNA heritage testing and anti-racism education to tackle anti-immigration sentiment and notions of Britishness
Over the past year and funded through the Big Lottery Fund, we have worked with DNA Worldwide to offer a unique and innovative opportunity to secondary students willing to take part in DNA Heritage testing as part of a pilot project.
The aim of the project was to:
- develop workshops which provide the opportunity to consider notions of belonging, identity, British-ness and immigration
- highlight and explore the complexity of heritage and identity through the use of personalised genetic history, and the effectiveness of using this method
- Identify if the addition of DNA ancestry testing contributes to the longer term effectiveness of an anti-racism intervention.
Firstly we undertook some DNA ancestry testing with some well know faces in the North East, click the link to view the footage filmed by ITV Tyne Tees News
Bedlingtonshire Community High School volunteered to participate in the project and willing students took part in their very own DNA heritage testing to find out their ancestral background. Our findings from this project were that using personal DNA Heritage alongside the learning and discussions in our workshops increases and enhances understanding and learning towards notions of Britishness and improves attitudes toward immigration on a longer-term basis compared to DNA results or workshops alone.
To find out the full details of the project and how it was executed click here
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