Editorial: Schools must help pupils celebrate diversity
Published 02/07/2014 | 02:30
FROM their first day at school, an essential lesson for all children to learn is the need to be respectful of other people.
The pupil in the next desk who may be of a different colour, faith, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or ability level will be an example of the rich diversity of people in the world outside the school gates. If that person is from a minority group, all the more reason to ensure that he or she is not alienated and is made to feel as equal in the community as anyone else.
Belatedly, the education authorities have been waking up to their responsibilities.