By Jacqueline Irwin. Jacqueline is Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council which is co-ordinating the programme of events for Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week. The events listing can be viewed on the CRC website www.nicrc.org.uk
Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week 2015 begins on 28 September. The theme is “One Place, Many People” to highlight and celebrate the wide range of people, cultures, traditions and beliefs that make up our community. The theme is also a timely reminder of some of the skills we need for living in the world today. Welcoming those that are different from us and knowing how to show respect to each other should be a fundamental expectation and an essential part of everyday life here as we learn to live with and celebrate our diversity.
Schools, as well as businesses, churches, sport clubs and societies are the social fabric of our lives – these are the engines that drive our sense of interconnectedness or of separation. Whether we like it or not, diversity is intrinsic to who we were, who we are and who we will be in the future. We are a place that is full of different identities and aspirations. Learning to cherish our differences, not just tolerate them and to share this place is our moral responsibility. If our children find a better way to live with their differences they will have helped secure their future in this diverse world. (more…)