It is important that you understand the cultural diversity of the pupils within the school and particularly those you are supporting. You will then be able to help pupils to make sense of their learning by making connections to their own lives. Your role may include providing pastoral support to individual children. Understanding and taking account of their background and culture is essential for you to build eff ective relationships and provide support.
The diverse cultures in society should be recognised and refl ected throughout the curriculum. For example, incorporating music, foods, stories and drama from a range of cultures will contribute to a rich curriculum.
This will demonstrate that you are not only valuing the culture of groups but also supporting all pupils to explore and understand cultures which are diff erent from their own.
Both discrimination and prejudice can take a range of forms and can take place for a multitude of reasons and usually occurs through lack of knowledge and an understanding of diversity, every childcare professional must be conscious of the fact that a child or young person will experience some form of prejudice or discrimination against them throughout their time in school, a child may be discriminated against for any reason; because of their size, the fact that they wear glasses, the colour of their skin or even their hair, religious beliefs, cultural or ethnic tradition.
Children and young people are most likely to discriminate against other children because of the prejudice approach they may hold, these may include not playing or associating with traveller children because it is believed that they are dirty or smelly, a child who has a disability may be assumed to have learning difficulties
All children and young people have the right to be treated equally irrespective of their race, colour of their skin, religion or ability, all children and young people have a need to develop and grow into mature young adults without being exposed to bigotry and discrimination, this can be helped by allowing them to explore and discover other people’s cultures, beliefs and the things around them, in order to do this adults need to educate and teach children to understand and respect other people’s differences and the diversity of the nation.
A child who is experiencing prejudice and discrimination of some find will impact on the child’s self esteem social development, and emotional development as the child will feel left out, and will feel they are not good enough, being sad all the time, being shy, afraid to say what they truly want, unable to express their feelings being withdrawn which will affect their learning , as if a child not feel apart of their group, will not want to be there in the class this will hold the student behind educationally as the child might know the answer, but because of not feeling a part of the group, will not participate within the class activities and the child will lack confidence in developing friends with peer or adults. This will means the child’s learning will be affected and they will find it difficult to focus on their work. They will lack confidence, and they will not want to participate in activities in class or school, and this will result in them not having the confidence within themselves to developed positive relations with their peers and adults alike. The long term effect of prejudice and discrimination will lead to the child being withdrawn socially, the child will have no confidence in themselves. The child will not focus on their work, so in the long term will not be confident enough and find it difficult to focus on their work. Think themselves being worthless and under achievers by always putting themselves down
Feeling of anger and confusion that could lead to depression
Its is highly destructive and can affect the childs ability to learn
It leads to low self esteem and low self reliance
It affects their