Difference Differently – Together for Humanity

QACI Global mindset aligns with the International Baccalaureate (IB) mission –ib-world-school-logo-1-colour

which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect…

and to

…encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

In celebration of difference, the Together for Humanity organisation offers resources and workshops for students and teachers.  Thanks to generous funding from the Department of Social Services, QACI staff and students participated in an interactive workshop delivered by the Together for Humanity organisation last week, called Difference Differently. The workshop led us to unpack the issues of diversity and the risk of making assumptions due to a person’s look, accent, dress, hair, colour etc.

Student enthusiasm throughout the presentation and their feedback following, showed that QACI students are open-minded and willing to understand diversity, commonality and to question assumptions about identity.  Here’s what students had to say in response to the presentation:

It has made me see that no matter what someone chooses to wear or what accent they have, you should never try to guess someone else’s story.

I already strongly believe in it, but I am going to focus on acceptance of everyone.

After today’s session I feel like I have a better understanding of multiculturalism and how we judge people. I found it really interesting to watch them break down the stereotypes as it really reinforced the importance of not just making assumptions about people before actually talking to them and hearing their stories.