Understanding Diversity is vital for students to gain a wider perspective of the world. Because Regents International School has many nationalities we used this as an opportunity to allow staff and students to celebrate this. The day itself focused on some key issues such as; race, age, gender, religion, disability and nationality.
The day started in small tutor groups discussing what equality and diversity means to them. Students were then given a list of occupations and asked to draw them. Students then looked at some people who hold these occupations and were asked to compare them to their original drawings. From this activity students were able to see that our ideas of the “type of” people who take certain occupations is not always accurate and you should not limit yourself because of your preconceived idea of the “type” of person you are.
The fantastic prefects then delivered a session in the auditorium. Here they lead interactive games to question their peers knowledge and opinion on diversity and issues that have arisen in today’s world. The category game was highly effective as it allowed every student to see that even though we have some differences we sometimes can share similar opinions with Ms. Edwards being a clear winner of the students favourite teacher!!
To complete the day students took part in a discussion on where we originated from with help from an important video from LetsOpenOurWorld. This video used science to show some volunteers their actual heritage. Students thoroughly enjoyed this and some even said it should be made compulsory for everyone to do.
As diversity is all around us, it is always important to take some time, reflect and celebrate our differences. We feel as though this theme day contributed to the promotion of diversity awareness in an engaging and active way.