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The Cultural Exchange

posted by: Owen Jones | on: Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 15:03

Students celebrate the end of the Cultural Exchange

Students celebrate the end of the Cultural Exchange

The lack of opportunities to experience or get involved with different cultures can often breed serious ignorance, which can lead to harmful prejudice if left unchecked. HOPE not hate is all too aware of this and was delighted to be able to team up with Ringwood School in Hampshire to get involved with their Cultural Exchange.

For decades charities, the public sector, trade unions and many others have worked very hard in cities and urban areas up and down the country trying to improve relations between different ethics groups. Although we have some fantastic shining examples in urban areas such as Leicester, Cardiff and Brighton, it can sometimes feel as if rural Britain has been left behind.

The Cultural Exchange is where a group of Year 10 students from the market town of Ringwood went to visit the extremely diverse Cantell School in Southampton, where there were students from all sorts of cultural and religious backgrounds, speaking a number of different languages, a total contrast to Ringwood.

On the return of the year 10’s to Ringwood, the students reported back to the rest of their year groups on what life was like a Cantell and how diversity worked in Southampton. HOPE not hate finished the assembly off with educating the dangers of allowing the far-right to have a voice in their community (for these students this was mostly through social media rather than the physical community). Using Castle & Priory in Dudley as a case study, HOPE not hate explored the extreme consequences of the scapegoating of refugees back in 2003 and how this not only normalises racist opinions but also prevents the local political agenda from addressing the real issues in a community.

The day finished with a student from Cantell visiting each Year 10 tutor group, where the Ringwood students were allowed the opportunity to ask questions. It was a great chance for the Ringwood students to hear about the experiences of migrant children in Britain first-hand, rather than relying on newspapers or social media offering often a distorted picture of these communities.

HOPE not hate is expanding its work in schools to try and get real and honest discussions about diversity in the UK today. If you want to learn more, please contact [email protected]

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