Olympic and Paralympic Values: Equality week

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  1.  
    1112:

    What a great way to wrap things up. And frankly, it's been amazing reading all your emails - we've had so many of them!

    You've probably noticed that the Olympic Games is getting rather close now (if you haven't, it starts on Friday - you should really check it out). This means that our Olympic Values series is coming to an end, and this was the last Value debate.

    Without exception, each week's debates have been absolutely extraordinary, and today's was no different. Your comments have been insightful, intelligent, creative and sometimes funny.

    So a massive thanks to you all - and especially those of you who have been with us throughout several of our debates. You've been brilliant.

     
  2.  
    1111:

    A final (and terrific) comment from the Girls Making Media group from Asesewa School in the Eastern region of Ghana.

    "Girls normally do not play sports. Some do but however do not get the necessary attention and support as the boys. Some also believe that girls are not as skilled as boys and that girls place is in the kitchen.

    "In Asesewa, we have a girls football team which was supported by Plan Ghana and the aim is to promote gender equality."

    Pupils at Asesawa School! Pupils at Asesawa School!
     
  3.  
    1109:

    One last contribution from St Mary's School in Folkestone think that everyone is equal at the start of a sporting event, so equality is about everyone having the opportunity to participate, which is what the Olympics is all about!

    Hear Hear!

     
  4.  
    1107:

    And an update from St Mary's School in Folkestone...

    Vicky Silk, an ex-pupil from the school, is hoping to compete in the Paralympics this year...!!! Vicky, a member of Ashford Athletics Club, won three golds at the National Dwarf Games in 2007, before claiming a further three medals at the World Dwarf Championships two years later. She hopes to take part in the London Paralympics in shot put and discus.

    You go girl! Everybody at World Class is rooting for you!

     
  5.  
    1103:

    A farewell note from St Mary Magdalene Academy in London - "We're off to play some Equality Hockey with our coach from Arsenal - Bye everyone!

    We had a lovely time debating with you all."

    St Mary's equality hockey team! St Mary Magdalene's equality hockey team!
     
  6.  
    1102:

    Daniel from St Mary Magdalene Academy has responded to St Mary's School in Folkestone (1054), "In my opinion, equality is when everyone in the world has equal rights even if they are disabled, so that everyone can have access to a fair quality of life."

     
  7.  
    1101:

    Abhyudaya from KIIT World School in India says, "let us hold our hands together to form a barricade against this demon of inequality."

    Very poetic!

     
  8.  
    1100:

    Richard from St Mary Magdalene Academy in the UK has responded to Tillie, "gender equality is important because we need to live in a fair international society. In some countries men get the most jobs and are paid more and women are not allowed to take part in sports or activities that they want to take part in."

     
  9.  
    1059:

    Abhyudaya also from KIIT World School in Delhi, India responds to Tillie (1050): "Yes, women in India can definitely vote.

    "Indira Gandhi was the most influential prime minister of our country and she was a lady. Mrs Pratibha Patil too has just completed her term as the President of India."

     
  10.  
    1059:

    Here's Vishu from KIIT World School in Delhi, India.

    "To remove the evil of inequality from our world, parents, school and society needs to join hands and create an environment from the beginning where seeds of inequality can not germinate into the young minds of tomorrow."

    Very nicely put, we think!

     
  11.  
    1058:

    And the girls at Asesewa School in Ghana say, "some forms of equality are equal opportunity for political positions e.g at least 50% women - in most countries not the case like Ghana. Women being fire fighters and in police forces."

    Have you ever met a woman fire-fighter? Do you think there are jobs which are more suitable for women?

     
  12.  
    1056:

    Jamil from St Mary Magdalene Academy in the UK adds, "I firmly believe that sports is an excellent medium to express your feelings and emotions. Active participation in sports also allows children of all ages to learn and appreciate the value of sportsmanship."

     
  13.  
    1054:

    Great news! We've been joined by present and ex-pupils all from St Mary's in Folkestone. Welcome to you all!

    They say, "We remember a couple of our ex-pupils who always insisted on being treated as equals despite their disabilities, one Stefan in a wheel chair, was always at the forefront on Sports Day taking part whenever he could.

    Another Victoria Silk, won many International medals when she was at St Mary's and tried her hand at everything, she considered herself to be equal to everyone else and that was how we thought of her.

    Both of these individuals also showed a very mature empathy with able bodied friends, whilst at St Mary's and were treated as equals by their peers.

    We think that perhaps having a disability makes you a stronger person mentally and more determined to be treated as an equal."

    Great comments guys. What do you think? Can a disability make you stronger and more determined to be treated as an equal?

     
  14.  
    1052:

    Denisha from Gyanodaya School in Nepal says, "Equality means giving everyone a fair shake - an equal opportunity to participate, to contribute to the welfare of the society and the only way you can know someone can or can't do something is by letting them try."

     
  15.  
    1050:

    Right - just letting you all know that there are 15 minutes to go in this live equality debate!

    A reminder too that this is the only debate today on equality so if you haven't written in yet, do so now - email us at worldclass@bbc.co.uk.

     
  16.  
    1050:

    Jennifer from St Mary Magdalene Academy in the UK says, "Too often we tend to see the world through lenses coloured by our own culture and beliefs. Attitudes must change!"

     
  17.  
    1050:

    Tillie from St Mary Magdalene Academy has responded, "I think a lot of people base equality around gender because a lot of men are getting higher paid jobs and in the olden days our community used to prevent women from voting. And this is still true in some countries today."

    Are women allowed to vote in your country??

     
  18.  
    1048:

    Maverick from St Mary Magdalene Academy in the UK has responded to Louis. He says, "Men always get the better life and jobs because people think they are superior. This is not right, men and women should be equal."

     
  19.  
    1048:

    The girls from Asesewa School in Ghana say, "Equality means awareness of recognising the benefits of both sexes. It could also mean acceptance of sexes in a society, community or country as a whole."

     
  20.  
    1047:

    Take a look at this cracking photo sent in by The Khaitan Public school in India!

    Khaitan pupils having fun! Khaitan pupils having fun!

    International School Award Coordinator at the school, Charmaine Vida Tayal, told us:

    "These are the little ones from Grades 1 and 2. They were in the field playing and they felt that the opportunity to have fun with both girls and boys in sports was equality for them.

    "This is what I really love about getting the views of the pupils - they speak from their heart and enjoy what they do."

     
  21.  
    1046:

    Parul from KIIT World School in India has responded to Tillie (1028), "Well said Tillie! We need to understand the fact that the world is round, what goes around comes around. So if we discriminate today, we are creating a world of hatred for ourselves. So what kind of world do you want to live in?"

     
  22.  
    1044:

    We're well into our live debate this morning with schools from around the world taking part - from Nepal, Ghana, India and the UK! The hot topic they're discussing is Equality. Schools everywhere are welcome! So get involved and tell us what you think by emailing worldclass@bbc.co.uk

     
  23.  
    1043:

    Here's a timely comment from Jordon at The St Mary Magdalene Academy - ahead of the GB women's football team's Olympic match later today!

    "As the boys always say during football games: girls are rubbish! The boys are just jealous that they can't play as well as some girls can.

    "So girls….. do not listen to the boys - perform your best in any sport that you participate in because we are all equals!"

    Excellent stuff! St Mary's have sent in this great pic too of the debating team:

    The St Mary's debating team! The St Mary's debating team!
     
  24.  
    1041:

    Ishan from Gyanodaya Residential School is inspired by a quote from Martin Luther King Jr, "One day when little black hands will join their hands with the little white hands".

    Ishan says, "I guess that this day will have to come soon as without equality there might be pain in this whole world."

    Thanks, Nepal. What do you think about racial equality?

     
  25.  
    1040:

    Vishu from KIIT World School in Delhi says, "Ask the world to remove the spectacles which stops them viewing the world as equal."

     
  26.  
    1038:

    Louis from St Mary Magdalene Academy in the UK wants to know, "What do you think about Men/Boys getting all the top jobs, do you think this is right?"

    Who's going to respond to Louis??

     
  27.  
    1038:

    Gender equality seems to be a theme inspiring a lot of debate this morning.

    Kat from St. Mary Magdalene Academy in London has this to say: "I think that inequality still exists too much in this world, even in a developed country like the UK.

    "Women hold less than a third of the UK's most influential jobs. This is not fair!"

     
  28.  
    1036:

    Plan's Girls Making Media group in Asesewa School, Ghana, offer their perspective on the gender equality debate.

    They tell us that, "Most educational institutions in our area have higher population of girls than boys."

    World Class want to ask the group: Why is that the case?

     
  29.  
    1035:

    Chloe from St Mary Magdalene Academy in the UK agrees with Tillie's comment (1033). Chloe says "Many boys treat girls differently in football because they think girls are not as good at football, but I think they should be fairer and treat girls with respect."

    What do you think boys?

     
  30.  
    1033:

    And another really topical comment from Tillie at St Mary Magdalene Academy in the UK, "A lot of boys in my class choose me last when playing football, just because I'm a girl, however when I start playing they see I am good and then pick me early next time to be in their team."

     
  31.  
    1033:

    Chloe from St Mary Magdalene Academy in the UK thinks, "sport is a good way of promoting equality, especially the Olympics. As you get to compete together and make friends with people you didn't know before.

    Equality is where girls and boys should be in the same class together and get along with each other, that's what I think equality is."

    Great comment Chloe!

     
  32.  
    1031:

    A thought from Plan's Girls Making Media group from Asesewa School in the Eastern region of Ghana.

    "Gender equality is giving both men and women the same opportunity or chance.

    "It doesn't mean that men and women are the same, but should be given equal chances."

     
  33.  
    1030:

    For those of you just joining us - we're discussing equality this morning with schools from around the world.

    We've had a range of fantastic contributions so far from pupils in countries including Nepal, Mexico, India and UK - so why not join in?

    To get involved, just email us at worldclass@bbc.co.uk with your thoughts on equality. We're running the debate until 1100 BST, so there's still plenty of time to get involved!

     
  34.  
    1028:

    And more comments hot off the press from St Mary Magdalene Academy in the UK:

    Maverick says, "Equality is when everyone is treated equally and everyone can do what they love without being told that they can't!"

    Tillie thinks that "Equality is when everyone is treated the same and not just based on gender, skin colour, religion or looks. For example, if you were overweight, would you like to be treated differently, or would you rather everyone treats you the same? Treat others as you would like to be treated - that is a basic human right."

     
  35.  
    1027:

    Denisha from Gyanodaya School in Nepal says, "I think equality is an Olympic value because it gives equal chances for the people to show their sportsmanship, respect and humility, as well as recognizing and overcoming barriers."

     
  36.  
    1025:

    Louis from St Mary Magdalene Academy adds his thoughts to those of Parul (1004).

    "Sport is good way of creating equality because it doesn't matter what country you are from or your skin colour, we all have rights and we are all humans", he tells us.

     
  37.  
    1024:

    The Sagar School in Rajasthan, India have just held a special assembly about equality! Student Pulkit presented the thought of the day, related to equality.

    Yashika presented a reflection on her thoughts on equality, and Ganpati spoke about the history of Olympics and how ladies were once denied participation in male-dominated Olympic events.

    And Vega talked about how there should be equality regarding sex and racism. Amazing work guys!

    Sagar school pupils
     
  38.  
    1022:

    A great selection of comments coming in from St Mary Magdalene Academy in the UK

    Summer thinks, "People shouldn't be judged by their gender or religion."

    Chloe says, "I think sports is a good way of promoting equality because you work together and you get to make friends with people that you wouldn't normally be with. That's why I think sports is good."

    Jamil adds, "For me, inequality is when people are judged by the person's skin colour."

    While Faiza thinks, "Equality means people being treated the same way as other people. It doesn't matter about what skin colour they are, what gender or what country they are from. We are all equal because we are all human.

    Some great comments guys! Keep them coming in!

     
  39.  
    1020:

    We have a Skating Champion with us this morning! Mohsin from Khaitan Public School in India is an 11 grade Allrounder and Skating State Champion who has won numerous gold medals! Mohsin feels that we should believe in our inate abilities proving ourselves and creating oppurtunities for equality. Mohsin has been selected for the Asia Skate Championship in the under 16 age group from India.

    Well done Mohsin!! We at World Class are true skate fans! We salute you!!

     
  40.  
    1016:

    A great quote from Abhyudaya also at KIIT World School in India: "Delete the virus of inequality from the windows of world and you will notice the system of your country perform better."

     
  41.  
    1015:

    Parul from KIIT World School in India has been inspired by our Oscar Pistorious Assembly.

    Parul says, "the courage and determination of Oscar Pistorius deserves to be saluted, whenever we feel low in life and feel troubled by the obstacles ahead this story will definitely boost our morale and motivate us to move against all odds."

    Watch the Oscar Pistorius Assembly at bbc.co.uk/worldclass

     
  42.  
    1014:

    Upasana from Gyanodaya School in Nepal thinks, "Every person who deserves it can participate in the Olympics and represent their country.There is no inequality, so equality is an olympic value."

     
  43.  
    1014:

    Khaitan Public School in India have lots of interesting thoughts on equality.

    Jaitin says that equality is a political word which tells us that no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their background and qualities. As a student it is all about equal Oppurnities at school to showcase our abilities.

    Harsh thinks equality is about being treated equally and getting a chance to prove himself.

    While Robin feels that equality is a state of being equal.

    Do you agree with Jaitin, Harsh and Robin?

     
  44.  
    1012:

    Gender Equality is proving to be a hot topic in our debate about Equality this morning. Well today the London Olympics kicks off with Womens Football when Team GB takes on New Zealand in Cardiff!

    In the UK, womens and girls football continues to grow with more players competing. Is this the same in your country? Are women encouraged to take part in sport as much as men? Are you a girl and do you play sport?

     
  45.  
    1011:

    Rishika from Khaitan Public School in Ghaziabad, India, feels that "Equality is not there when in some places people are discriminated against in terms of colour, race, gender, abilities, with the majority always discriminating against the minority."

    Zinnia adds "Being equal is not enough. We should have a feeling that leads us to the way of being equal and non-discriminating in our nature with everyone."

    Really interesting stuff - do you agree?

    Students from Khaitan Public School! Students from Khaitan Public School!
     
  46.  
    1007:

    And Amrit from Gyanodaya School in Lalitpur, Nepal says:

    "I salute all those countries who till now have organised Olympic and Paralympic Games because they are giving a chance to physically disabled and able-bodied athletes to participate in the games and compete with each other with true sportsmanship."

     
  47.  
    1005:

    Upasana's classmate Amrit responds to her comment at 1001. "I think I can define gender equality in maths.

    "Gender equality is male=female but not male>female. Isn't it?"

    A creative way of putting it!

     
  48.  
    1004:

    Parul from KIIT World School in Delhi, India, has bought up a really tricky issue. "You look around in any major job, do we see equal number of men and women in top position? The answer is a big NO."

    Upasana from Gyanodaya School in Nepal is on the same theme: "Nepal isn't exactly the role model of gender equality", she says.

    "But I have learnt that gender equality is not only giving everyone the same rights but also giving equal respect, opportunity and thought."

     
  49.  
    1002:

    Vishu from KIIT World School in India thinks, "to create a world of equality in the true sense, there has to be concrete actions that allow the most under privileged and disadvantaged section of society to get their fair share of opportunities in life."

    What actions do you think these should be? Get involved in the debate right now and send a response to Vishu!

     
  50.  
    1000:

    Upasana from Gyanodaya School in Nepal thinks we can celebrate difference and equality! Upasana says, "Aren't we all born with nothing? We learn,experience and make ourselves into who we are. We cannot judge or humiliate anyone because all of us are in the process of learning. We are all different but equal."

     
  51.  
    1000:

    Some more thoughts from pupils from Colegio Newland in Mexico.

    They tells us that, "The Olympic Games is the best way to demonstrate equality because the continents compete between one another and the respect takes on an important role with equality.

    "When you respect the others countries you get better relationship with the others.

    "Equality is also an important part of daily life because everyone needs to be treated the same way so it will be fair for everyone."

     
  52.  
    0954:

    Abhyudaya from KIIT World School in Delhi, India, agrees with Upasana and Shubham (0943 and 0947).

    "I totally agree, Olympics are a platform which celebrate equality in the true sense, where you are known for your calibre and hard work, not because of your nation or colour of your skin."

     
  53.  
    0953:

    More from our girls at Asesewa School in Ghana...there are around 20 girls from the school taking part in our live debate this morning. The girls are really keen to discuss gender and equality. What do you think about gender and equality?

     
  54.  
    0952:

    For those of you just joining us - we're discussing equality this morning with schools from around the world.

    Amongst the excellent contributions so far, pupils have talked about equal opportunities, the power of sport in equality, and much more besides!

    To get involved, just email us at worldclass@bbc.co.uk with your thoughts on equality. We're running the debate until 1100 BST, so you've still got over an hour to get involved - that's loads of time!

    Make sure you check out our equality films. They are available on the right-hand side of the page and feature:

    • Two Schools Under One Roof - World Class visits Bosnia to find out how two pupils in the same building can be attending different schools.
    • The fastest man on no legs - Taking a look at Oscar Pistorius, who has become the first amputee to qualify for the Olympic Games.
    School pupil in Bosnia

    You can also use our debate points at the top of this page to generate discussion. For those of you just joining us - we're discussing equality this morning with schools from around the world.

     
  55.  
    0950:

    Amrit from Gyanodaya School in Nepal has some interesting comments on male/female equality. Amrit says, "If we read the bible we come to know Eve was created from the rib of Adam. She was not made from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal to him.

    "So I think man and woman are born free. There ought not to be any discrimination between them.

    "They must stand side by side next to each other in any hardships of life."

     
  56.  
    0947:

    Let's hear more from Khaitan Public School in India, where pupils from all over the school, of all ages, are contributing their thoughts on equality!

    Pranav in Grade 8 tells us: "Equality should not be based on caste and gender everyone should be treated as equals."

    And Shubham, also from Grade 8 feels that, "As an athlete there is equality - people do get equal opportunties especially in an event like the Olympics where everyone gets to showcase their talent and abilities."

    Dharia adds: "If everyone got equal oppornities that would lead to equality".

    Very good points - do you agree? Is sport a good way of promoting equality?

     
  57.  
    0943:

    Back to Gyanodaya Schoolin Nepal again..... where Upasana thinks that Olympians are a symbol of equality because they come from all over the World and show us that country, colour, age or financial security is not what makes champions but rather sportsmanship, respect,courage, perseverance,skill and hard work.

    Nice one Upsana! We're all very excited about the start of the Olympic Games here! The first Olympic events take part this afternoon with the Women's Football. It will be Team GB versus New Zealand.

     
  58.  
    0941:

    A huge World Class hello to pupils from St Mary Magdalene Academy in London, who have just joined us!

    Kyle has this to say about equality: "When people are treated in the same way as they want to be treated - that is equality."

     
  59.  
    0940:

    We've received some thoughts on equality from Colegio Newland from Queratero, Mexico!

    "Equality is very important in international competitions in which all the countries in the world participate", they tell us.

    "That being said, athletes across all continents from different nations come together and compete without having serious problems or experiencing any kind of racism.

    "This is a great way to mantain order and peace through out the world from start to finish. The Olympics allows us all to share a common goal."

    Fantastic stuff! They've send a pic too - check out the debating team!

    Live debaters from Colegio Newland! Live debaters from Colegio Newland!
     
  60.  
    0937:

    Sapna from Khaitan Public School in India feels that Equality mean equal rights for everyone in society irrespective of caste, creed or their economic condition. Equality is very important but in our practical life we are not having equality.

    What are your views? How do you think we can implicate equality in our daily living??

     
  61.  
    0936:

    Ishan from Gyanodaya Residential School in Nepal says, "Equality is not just treating other people right but it is an art of having a place in the heart for others."

     
  62.  
    0935:

    Just a reminder that as we are only running one debate today, the session right now is a bumper edition and we will be running your thoughts until 1100 BST!

     
  63.  
    0935:

    Tarun from Khaitan Public School in India feels that when people go to a government hospital and are waiting for their turn, if a patient known to a doctor arrives the others are made to wait and this patient is given priority. Both are patients with an equal medical situation so where is the Equality???

    How does this make you feel? Have you ever experienced a similar situation?

     
  64.  
    0934:

    We have been joined by Plan's Girls Making Media group from Asesewa in the Eastern Region of Ghana!

    We'll be hearing their views on equality shortly. Good morning!

     
  65.  
    0933:

    Upasana from has been thinking about our debate points (see top of page).

    She tells us: "The Olympians get as far as the Olympics because they have learnt from humility and experience to take every other participant seriously and take all the advice and criticism with dignity.

    "That is why equality is an Olympic Value."

     
  66.  
    0931:

    Abhyudaya from KIIT World School in Delhi, India, tells us:

    "Diversity is what makes our world beautiful, regardless of how powerful or resourceful one is, equal opportunities must be given to all to sustain the beauty of our world."

     
  67.  
    0930:

    Welcome to all the schools around the world who are joining our online debate this morning - the theme is equality!

    To get involved, just email us at worldclass@bbc.co.uk with your thoughts on equality.

    There are some great discussion points coming out - like gender equality and racial equality. We'd love to hear about your own direct experiences of equality. So don't be shy. Tell us what you think!

     
  68.  
    0928:

    Let's hear more from the Khaitan Public School in India.

    Archana feels that, "Equality is only limited to books and does not translate to real life.

    "The common man continues to suffer as people in power work for their own interest. People still go hungry; there is no gender equality."

    Jyoti feels that, "Equality is when all people are respected for their work in a similar manner.

    "As there is a large social divide in our society some have amassed more wealth and some struggle to eat one square meal."

    Really good thoughts there, thanks guys! Do you agree that there's no such thing as equality? Let us know what you think.

     
  69.  
    0925:

    We're getting some great comments coming in for our live debate on Equality this morning. We'd love to hear about your own experiences on the subject. When have you experienced equality? And have you ever experienced inequality? What happened and how did it make you feel?

     
  70.  
    0923:

    The comments are coming in thick and fast from Gyanodaya International Residential School in Nepal!

    Amrit Rana says, "Equality to me means giving equal rights to the people and treating them as if they are our own brothers and sisters and having the feeling that this world is meant not only for me or you but for all of the living beings.

    Jefferson quoted that all men are born equal and free. Then if all men are born free, how is it that some are born slaves and discriminated on the basis of caste, creed and color. Besides that the same red blood flows in our blood, we all eat food and sleep. Then why is that some people are still discriminated against? Are we the sons and daughters of the same god? Do we have the right to call our self "THE SUPREME ONE"?

    Thanks for that Amrit. Keep the comments coming!

     
  71.  
    0920:

    Denisha Rai from Gyanodaya International Residential School in Nepal adds that "equality is not only equal opportunities but also adequate opportunity for all individuals to develop their inner potential."

     
  72.  
    0917:

    Good morning to KIIT World School who are joining us from Delhi, India!

    Vishu has this to say: "God made everyone equal, we created boundaries of sex, race, religion and nations.

    "Let the equality prevail as it was meant to be."

    That's a really interesting point. Do you agree with Vishu?

     
  73.  
    0914:

    Ishan Rawal from Gyanodaya International Residential School simply says, "equality is not an option, it is a must. It must be."

     
  74.  
    0914:

    A big hello to Kamla Nehru Public School in India. They have chosen a quote by Martin Luther King:

    "We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers."

    They go on to say, "wars are the root cause which have led to the separation among people of different religions speaking different languages. They not only cause deaths and destruction but are also responsible for bringing inequality among people."

    They also think that, "inequality does not mean only creating distance from each other but also affects the minds and thoughts of young generations adversely. The Olympics is an international event featuring different nations irrespective of religion and languages. It is not differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences. In our views, inequality means nothing if we do not allow it to rule on us but becomes very effective if taken into consideration ."

    Thanks for this great contribution! What do you think? Do you agree with Kamla Nehru Public School's views on equality?

     
  75.  
    0913:

    For those of you just joining us - we're discussing equality this morning with schools from around the world.

    To get involved, just email us at worldclass@bbc.co.uk with your thoughts on equality!

    Make sure you check out our equality films. They are available on the right-hand side of the page and feature:

    Two Schools Under One Roof - World Class visited Bosnia to find out how two pupils in the same building can be attending different schools.

    The fastest man on no legs - Taking a look at Oscar Pistorius, who has become the first amputee to qualify for the Olympic Games.

    You can also use our debate points at the top of this page to generate discussion.

     
  76.  
    0907:

    A big World Class welcome to Khaitan Public School in Ghaziabad, India!

    They've been thinking about what 'equality' means to them.

    Yajat, from Grade 11, feels that equality means, "Being equal with no cast system in society, as this is still prevalent in India even in the 21st century.

    "It is important that the minorities come up - that is when we can truly say that we have equality in society."

    And Pragya, also in Grade 11, adds that, "No one should feel backward in any way."

     
  77.  
    0903:

    A big welcome to Gyanodaya School in Nepal. Upasana Shrestha says "equality to me means respecting and acknowledging everyone as fellow participants equally with the spirit of sportsmanship."

    Thanks for that Upasana. Very topical with the Olympic Games about to begin here in London! What do you think?

     
  78.  
    0856:

    Good morning!

    We'll be starting our final Values debate on 'equality' five minutes or so.

    Don't delay - get in touch. What does equality mean to you?

     
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    Welcome!

    It's not long now until the seventh and last debate in the World Class 'Olympic Values' series!

    Come back to this page on Wednesday 25 July at 0900 to join the discussion.

    Taking part couldn't be easier. Send us your thoughts on 'equality' before or during the debate by:

    Emailing us: worldclass@bbc.co.uk

    Leave a message on our Facebook page

    Tweet using #worldclassvalues

    In the meantime, watch the videos on the right and check out out debate points (above) for inspiration.

    See you then!

     

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