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Students in equality discussion

PUBLISHED: 13:37 29 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 06 July 2010

STUDENTS and staff from Lowestoft College were invited to take part in a diversity event to discuss and share ideas about a range of issues faced by different groups within the community.

STUDENTS and staff from Lowestoft College were invited to take part in a diversity event to discuss and share ideas about a range of issues faced by different groups within the community.

The event was jointly hosted with the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE) with the aim of working towards eliminating discrimination and encouraging equality and diversity.

In the morning, groups were asked to think about issues surrounding race, gender, age, disability and religion, while the afternoon included the chance to try some Egyptian dancing and art sessions.

Tessa Triumph, a race equality development officer based in Lowestoft for ISCRE, said: “During the day the students had a chance to discuss a range of issues including race, disability, faith, sexuality and more.

“They experienced and celebrated the notion of 'difference' at first hand, while having fun, as opposed to being lectured at.”

Jenny Carter head of learner services, said: “The students were really keen to get involved in the day.

“They really had some good ideas and thoughts and many of them had wanted extra time to discuss the different issues.”

She added: “The sessions held in the afternoon were a fun way of learning something new and finding out more about other cultures.”

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