Diversity means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences, it is about acceptance and respect. This can be race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs and others for example,
Equality, Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. Promoting equality should remove discrimination in all of the above mentioned areas. Bullying, harassment or victimization are also considered as equality and diversity issues.
We can promote equality and diversity by treating all staff and students fairly, creating an inclusive culture for all staff and students and by ensuring equal access to opportunities to enable students to fully participate in the learning process. Also enabling all staff and students to develop to their full potential equipping staff and students with the skills to challenge inequality and discrimination in their work/study environment making certain that any learning materials do not discriminate against any individuals or groups ensuring policies, procedures and processes don't discriminate.
Diversity is about respecting each other’s beliefs or any other differences and encouraging others to as well. You can also promote and spread diversity in nurseries and schools by having multicultural displays and by doing activities with children so they learn more about different cultures and more about diversity. You can also use multicultural text books and read them and study them so you have a better understanding. Teachers can give children lessons on religious studies where they have a chance to learn about different cultures and learn about diversity, this will be useful to them in future as well and can stop discrimination.