NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity
Unit 1: Exploring Equality and Diversity
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Name: ..................................- LEVEL 2 - EQUALITY & DIVERSITY - U1
1. What is meant by diversity?
Diverse means varied and different. It is the differences and uniqueness which separates one person from another. It is about recognising and taking account of people’s backgrounds, skills and knowledge to create a more productive community.
2. Describe the community you live in. Highlight some of the variations you may observe in terms of:
The area I live in is classed as ‘a pocket of deprivation’ within my city, according to my postcode. To me – this simply means I live in a very diverse town, with many different people living in close proximity. As such, people here have many different interests. Some people are purely interested in just living day to day and getting by and making the most of things on little money. Many people enjoy the social aspect of the corner pub, there are normally the usual suspects standing on the corner with a cigarette when you pass by. There are people such as myself with a high interest in my children, a lot of mothers who always take time to talk and discuss any milestones their children have made. There are people with interests in pets – namely dogs being taken for a walk. Also I am sure that there is a darker side to the ‘interests’ of the people in my community including substance abuse, but none-the-less, an interest to some it may be. •
My neighbours are Muslims. I have recently had my son christened into the Church of England. There are many, many people in my town from many places across the world, and whereas my ignorance of their religion disallows me to identify which religion they are, it is not a problem to me that they are not the same religion as me. We have mosques in my town which have been the centre of many news debates, but people are entitled to practice their religion wherever they live.
There are many age groups in my town, from babies to the elderly. I usually see the elderly people outside greeting or saying goodbye to carers who have come to make sure they are ok. I attend baby groups within my community and see a wide range of children from birth onwards until school age. Many people of all ages living in close proximity in the same community. Elderly people love to stop and talk to me about my son while shopping, so they can reminisce about the days their children were young. I have no doubt that I will not be quite the same once I turn 70! •
There are many different lifestyles within my community. My family and I have a mortgage, we work hard to pay the bills and will encourage our children to do the same when they are growing up. There are neighbours of mine who do not work, through whatever reason – disability, cannot find a job – and as such they live of the state (currently). Their children may grow up and not see a need to find a job or be of the opinion that a job is not the most important thing as the state will support you regardless. I would like to think that my particular lifestyle will assist giving my son the ability to contribute positive to his society. Other peoples lifestyles may not see this as important as I do. •
Personal, social and cultural identities.
Within my community some of the personal identities could be described in negative and positive...
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