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Leicester College shows respect


Leicester College celebrated Respect Week with Diversity Fairs, a Sikh Gatka martial arts demonstration and a theatre production performed by Banner Theatre Company to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and refugees.

Respect Week is held annually at Leicester College and is designed to celebrate diversity and to promote community cohesion and good relations between all learners and staff.

During the week which started on 14 March 2011, Diversity Fairs were held at different campuses where organisations representing different equality groups provided information and support. Highlights of the week included a communal meal called ‘langar-on-campus’ to raise awareness of traditions of the Sikh faith provided by the Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara and supported by St.Philips Centre, and a Gatka martial arts demonstration to celebrate the festival of Hola Mahalla.

Banner Theatre Company’s production “We Share the Same Sky” raised awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and refugees while a range of tutorials on related equality issues were provided throughout the College.

During the week learners also rallied round to raise money for the College’s chosen charity, LOROS and Comic Relief.

Leicester College’s Diversity Manager, Ruth Pickersgill said: “We feel it is important to focus on issues of respect all the year round, but it is so exciting to see our learners and staff taking part in such a wide range of activities during this dedicated week, and also showing their commitment through their charitable fundraising. It shows that it is possible to convey serious messages, but in a fun way”.