Diversity and multiculturalism featured prominently on the news last week due to two key dates in the United Nations calendar: the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17th May) and the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (21st May). These two dates help raise awareness and encourage society to take specific supportive action.
At The British School of Barcelona, a multicultural environment with students from over 60 different nationalities, respecting diversity and embracing difference are among our main values and are an essential part of our curriculum.
We are global citizens, embracing difference, cared for and caring, and principled in our beliefs
This is one of our Educational Aims: Global. Multiculturalism is part of BSB, where our learning community is made up of families and teachers from different backgrounds and daily coexistence supports the development of an open, global mindset. Our students learn how to be real global citizens from an early age thanks to our clear commitment to international and social inclusion, and understanding the globalised and interconnected world we live in.
At BSB, we celebrate a number of religious, cultural and social festivities throughout the year, such as the Diwali Light Festival, the Chinese New Year, Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur or, like last week, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, all of which provide children and young people with the perfect environment to learn how to live in a pluralistic, diverse and multicultural society. On these dates, students take part in activities aimed at understanding cultural diversity as an instrument of social learning, not of discrimination, as well as fostering core values such as respect, equality, camaraderie, and tolerance of different points of view.
Art gallery based on the theme of LOVE to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia at BSB Sitges (17th May 2021)
Mr Conal Gorman, Early Years teacher at BSB Sitges Campus, explains that: ‘At BSB we have children from a diverse range of backgrounds and family types. Each one of them needs to feel that they belong, are respected, and valued. We create and celebrate a positive school climate that fosters and promotes equality, inclusive education, and respect for diversity.’
In this respect, he says: ‘Teaching about diversity is key to train global citizens. We educate our students to embrace and celebrate difference, ensuring that they can study in a safe environment, free from violence, bullying, and discrimination on all grounds. We celebrate assemblies, events and festivities based on diversity to allow students to develop the awareness, empathy, and mutual respect they need in order to understand and accept different views, lifestyles, and opinions to their own.’