1.1 – Explain what is meant by: diversity, equality, inclusion and discrimination.
Diversity is the differences in values, attitudes, cultures, beliefs, skills and life experiences of an individual in any group of people. In the UK, frameworks emphasise that the importance of developing every child’s sense of individuality and encouraging an optimistic sense of pride in each child’s family origins. Children can develop a sense of belonging to the local community and begin to appreciate and respect less familiar cultures.
“Equality does not mean that everyone has to be treated the same.” Meggitt (2011, p.32)
I agree with the above quote because it is telling you that just because most things in life are equal, it does not mean that everyone has to be treated the same. Everyone is their own individual self, having different needs, situations and ambitions.
No child is equal and the same, everyone is different from one another. However, the aims of the practitioners are to have a part in the child’s life to support children to live in the way they value and choose, to be themselves but to be different if they wish to be. Every person in the world should have equality of opportunities.
Inclusion is all about making sure that equality of opportunity for all children and young people whatever their disabilities or disadvantages. This means that all children have the right to have their needs met in the best possible way for them. They are seen as being a part of the community even if they need particular help to live their full life within the community.
Discrimination is where people are treated in a less-favourable way because others have negative views on the characteristics of a person. Children may discriminate against others because of how different some people can be compared to themselves.