Diversity makes school
We, the students of the HLMW9, wish for:
A pleasant and cultivated class climate inside the class created by:
- Communication and honesty inside the class.
- A positive atmosphere during discussions.
- Tolerance towards all kind of people.
- Appreciation for all, no exclusion.
- Friendliness and helpfulness between classmates.
- Respect towards all students and teachers.
- Equal rights for all, regardless of gender, origin, religion or lifestyle.
- Respect towards all students without distinction of age, gender, school form or economical situation.
- Respect towards all nations, religions and lifestyles.
- Respect towards the administrative staff and janitors.
Conduct with the teachers:
- Respect your teachers.
- Of course teachers should also respect us.
- Gender equality, nationality equality and sexual equality.
- Fairness and tolerance between teachers and students.
- by Viktoria Suchel, Julia Timmelmayer, Herwei Johanna (5HIA)
Definition for Diversity
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
Diversity is a reality created by individuals and groups from a broad spectrum of demographic and philosophical differences. It is extremely important to support and protect diversity because by valuing individuals and groups free from prejudice, and by fostering a climate where equity and mutual respect are intrinsic.
"Diversity" means more than just acknowledging and/or tolerating difference. Diversity is a set of conscious practices that involve:
- Understanding and appreciating interdependence of humanity, cultures, and the natural environment.
- Practicing mutual respect for qualities and experiences that are different from our own.
- Understanding that diversity includes not only ways of being but also ways of knowing;
- Recognizing that personal, cultural and institutionalized discrimination creates and sustains privileges for some while creating and sustaining disadvantages for others; and
- Building alliances across differences so that we can work together to eradicate all forms of discrimination.
Diversity therefore includes, knowing how to relate to those qualities and conditions that are different from our own and outside the groups to which we belong, yet are present in other individuals and groups. These include but are not limited to age, ethnicity, class, gender, physical abilities/qualities, race, sexual orientation, as well as religious status, gender expression, educational background, geographical location, income, marital status, parental status, and work experiences. Finally, we acknowledge that categories of difference are not always fixed but also can be fluid, we respect individual rights to self-identification, and we recognize that no one culture is intrinsically superior to another.