Unit 1: Exploring Equality and Diversity
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1. What is meant by diversity?
Diversity means that people are different and varied. It means that a lot of people are different and have a lot of different varieties but they are still valued. Diversity recognises that although people have the same interests as each other they also have different quality’s that makes them different. It is also about recognising and appreciating peoples differences and individualities. People can be different in a lot of ways such as, age, race, religion, or ethnic group.
2. Describe the community you live in. Highlight some of the variations you may observe in terms of: • Interests
• Personal, social and cultural identities.
Interests: In my community people have different interests such as walking the dog, cycling, going to community classes and listening to music.
Beliefs: In my community there are people who believe in God. Some of these people go to church on a Sunday and some of them pray at home. There are also people who are Muslim.
Ages: There is a lot of age range in my community for example there is young children and babies, young adults and teenagers, older adults, and elderly people. There is an age range of 0-97 in our community.
Lifestyles: There are a few different lifestyles in the community; these include people who go to work and people who don’t. It also includes people who work day shifts and night shifts. There are people who go to church and school, and people who enjoy going to the pub and to social events.
Personal, social and cultural identities: in the community there are people from different countries and different backgrounds. It could also be the person’s class, like upper and first class are different to second-class people. They also might have different identities when they are with friends, colleagues and family. There are people who do different things because of their culture, for example there are people who wont eat meat because of their culture. In my community there are different personal identities such as; being a mum or a dad, or being a grandparent. The social identities are that there are working people and none working people. There is also people who go to the local gym and go to the local shops. There is people who have different cultural identities, and these go to the local church or do things that are specific to their culture.
3. Explain how the variations in question 2 contribute to the diversity of the community.
The variations contribute to diversity because everyone is different yet everyone respects each other and knows how to get along. There is a lot of similarities and differences in our community which make us diverse. Age makes our community diverse because there is a lot of age range from 0-97. This contributes because older people can look after younger people, and the younger people can learn from the older people. Also people believe in a range of different things that makes our community more diverse. The jobs we all have make our diverse as we have a lot of discussions about our jobs and lifestyles. My Dad adds diversity, as he is the only 39 year old, the only one that drives a Jeep and his favourite hobby is playing games. There are different religions in the community and these contribute because they...