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Sending kids to separate ethnic schools is recipe for violence

PUBLISHED: 11:19 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, I WAS actively opposed in my youth to the apartheid regimes in South Africa and Rhodesia. So it was depressing to read a letter supporting faith schools. Sending children from different ethnic or religious backgrounds to separate schools is a recipe for the sort of violence we have seen in recent decades in Northern Ireland and the former Yugoslavia

Dear Editor,

I WAS actively opposed in my youth to the apartheid regimes in South Africa and Rhodesia.

So it was depressing to read Iftikhar Ahmad's letter supporting faith schools (Advertiser Letters, August 21).

Sending children from different ethnic or religious backgrounds to separate schools is a recipe for the sort of violence and mayhem we have seen in recent decades in Northern Ireland and in the former Yugoslavia.

It only serves to intensify the feelings of 'apartness' which can easily develop into hatred.

We need to let children from different backgrounds learn and play together from a young age, if we are to achieve a strong and cohesive society.

There would be outrage if someone were to advocate separate schools for white and black children.

Separating children on the basis of religion is just as damaging and dangerous.

David Harper

Aberavon-road, Bow

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