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Diversity Downlands Community School : Ghana

Our project has involved learning about different cultures in West Africa in a country called Ghana.

Oliver; Emily; Hattie; Camilla; Charlotte; Jessica; Georgina; Kate; Matthew; Stephanie; Megan; Bess (all Year 10s) talk about their project.


audio clipAudio Clip 2: Teenagers in England and Ghana

"We live in a fairly rich white area of West Sussex and there"s a lot of hang-ups about racism in our area because there"s not a big awareness of things like race so I think that"s another reason why the project"s been really important in our area especially because we want to create an awareness of other things in the world and other people and cultures.

What really struck me when I went to Ghana was the fact that there are so many similarities between our lives as teenagers in England and the lives of teenagers in Ghana. Things like the way boys and girls interact with each other.

When we were in Ghana we watched some boys and girls dancing together and the boys were all giving the girls a lot of attention and wolf-whistling and taking photographs of the girls and the girls were embarrassed by this and sometimes the students told us how they"d sneak off to meet the girls or the boys behind their teachers" backs.

I think I"d recommend just people opening their minds and letting in all these new experiences and rather than just having a straight, narrow-minded, stereotypical view of something, actually open their minds and accepting that things aren"t always how they think them to be and things are different but just... They"re all people. Just because they"ve got a different coloured skin or they live in a different country it doesn"t make them alienated from you. We"re all people. We all deserve to be treated fairly."

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