Equality and Diversity

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NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity Unit 1: Exploring Equality and Diversity ------------------------------------------------- Name: 1. What is meant by diversity? Diversity is a recognition and understanding that each individual is unique whilst also recognising individual differences. These differences can be based around race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. Diversity is an exploration of these differences in a manner that is considered safe, positive and nurturing. Diversity is also about understanding each other and moving beyond tolerance to accepting, embracing and celebrating the many differences within each individual person. 2. Describe the community you live in. Highlight some of the variations you may observe in terms of: * Interests * Beliefs * Ages * Lifestyles * Personal, social and cultural identities. Reading is a large town and unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Berkshire, England. It is located in the Thames Valley at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet. The Borough of Reading has a population of 145,700 (2008 estimate) and is a centre of commerce (primarily information technology and insurance). The town is also a retail centre serving a large area of the Thames Valley, and is home to the University of Reading. Aside from a wide number of Christian churches within the borough there is also the Shantideva Mahayana Buddhist centre, a Hindutemple, a Sikh gurdwara, a Salvation Army citadel, and a Quaker meeting house. In addition to this there is also the the Central Reading Mosque According to the 2011 census, 74.8% of the population were described as White (65.3% White British), 9.1% as South Asian, 6.7% as Black, 3.9% Mixed Race, 4.5% as Chinese and

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