A SCHOOL twinning project regarded as a model for tackling extremism and integration, has won Home Office approval.
Minister Elsie Clark visited Spring Grove Junior, Infant and Nursery which has a successful and longstanding link with Netherthong Primary School, during a whistle-stop tour of Kirklees.
She met students from Spring Grove, which has a diverse cultural mix of pupils, and Netherthong, a majority white rural primary school which have been involved in the link over the last four years.
Spring Grove headteacher Mrs Bibi Laher said: "We are fortunate here because we have such a mixture of cultures and religions and our children have broad horizons.
"Some children which have a monoculture, whether white, Asian or African Caribbean, do not have the chance to experience this and it is often difficult when they reach senior school to make friendships with children from different backgrounds to themselves."
The twinning link has involved children from both schools meeting together and studying a variety of subjects such as RE, geography, science, history and culture.
The aim is to help them understand each other and banish any stereotypical views they may have about children of different races and creeds.
In August this year, Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly said children from segregated communities should mix with other cultures through twinned schools and student exchanges
She launched a five-point plan to tackle extremism and integrate immigrants when launching the new Independent Commision on Integration and Cohesion.
She said the link between Spring Grove and Netherthong was a good example of this.
During her visit Mrs Clark also visited the Hindu temple in Zetland Street where she learned about Kirklees Interfaith Centres Project which aims to help people from different cultures understand each other's faiths.