This week, The British School of Barcelona has united to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD), observed worldwide on 8th March, with a special emphasis on this year’s theme: ‘Inspire Inclusion’. From the youngest learners to the oldest students across all campuses, BSB City, BSB Castelldefels and BSB Sitges, a collective effort was made to raise awareness about women’s rights.

As an international and diverse school, we take pride in fostering an inclusive community. Our commitment to celebrating diversity, cultivating a global mindset, and advocating against social injustice, prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination is evident throughout the year. Our dedication extends beyond individual events, as we hold various awareness days, cultural festivals, and religious celebrations to promote understanding between cultures. Two of our educational aims explicitly outline the importance of respect, diversity, and fundamental principles.

  • Character: We provide individual growth through high expectations; demonstrating commitment, resilience & respect for all.
  • Global: We are global citizens, embracing difference, cared for and caring, and principled in our beliefs.

By commemorating International Women’s Day, we strive to instil values that empower our students to be advocates for equality, justice, and inclusivity throughout their lives.

A Whole-School Approach: Uniting for Equality

Our International Women’s Day activities spanned across all campuses, offering a diverse range of events to raise awareness about human rights, women’s roles in society, contemporary inequalities, breaking gender stereotypes, and recognising women’s historical and recent contributions. Students also delved into the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on Goal 5: Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering All Women and Girls.

From Primary assemblies explaining the significance of this day to discussions on unconscious bias in society, profiles of inspirational women, and parent speakers sharing their career journeys, our students actively participated in various educational activities. Philosophy and history lessons on women and girls’ rights highlighted universal issues such as the right to education and vote. Additionally, a BSB Alumni shared her journey as a woman in Science during an interview with students in Years 7 to 11, and a History teacher presented an assembly to Secondary year groups on the rise of women’s football, connecting it to IWD.

To show support, students and staff were invited to wear purple, green, or white, symbolising justice, hope, and purity respectively.

These activities align with our broader educational goals of promoting inclusivity, understanding, and respect for all. By engaging students in thought-provoking discussions, highlighting achievements, and learning from inspirational figures, we actively contribute to shaping informed, empathetic global citizens.

A Committed School Community: Nurturing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is an integral part of our Continuous Professional Development programme for staff. On 2nd April, all staff across our campuses will participate in specialised training focused on DEI. This initiative aims to equip our teachers and support staff with the tools and knowledge needed to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment, fostering a deeper understanding of diversity.

Our commitment extends beyond training sessions. We have a dedicated committee focused on DEI, bringing together students, teachers, and support team members throughout the year, that serves as a platform for open discussions, brainstorming innovative ideas, and implementing initiatives.