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Rainford students campaign for multi-cultural interaction to be screened on Granada Reports
1:10pm Wednesday 8th January 2014 in News
YOUNG villagers are highlighting the lack of multi-cultural interaction in their rural location.
Nine teenagers from Rainford are concerned that they rarely have contact with people of other races and cultures in their predominantly white rural location.
The group from Rainford High Technology College joined up with national charity Fixers which supports 16-25 year olds in their quest to address issues they care about and tonight their campaign will feature on television programme ITV Granada Reports from 6pm.
The campaigners say they are eager to learn to respect, tolerate, appreciate and enjoy other cultures and to encourage their contemporaries to do the same they decided to make a short film to get their message across.
“Rainford is very rural and sheltered so there aren’t many different cultures, and about 99 per cent of students at our school are white British,” said 16 year-old ‘Fixer’ Annie Jones.
“I think that at a younger age we should be encouraged to embrace and mix with different cultures so that we are never in a position where we might become ignorant.”
As part of their project, Fixers arranged for the girls to travel to an inner-city school in Liverpool to meet pupils there.
Hannah Tabernacle, aged 17, explained: “I really hope that we can change things with our Fixers campaign and try to make a people a little bit more open-minded.”
Staff at Rainford High Technology College are supporting the project and Principal Ian Young said: “This project is so important because issues of prejudice and racism come out of ignorance and a lack of understanding.
“We want tomorrow’s communities to be stronger than today’s and this I think is a very important way of moving that forward.”
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