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Equality and Diversity

Calendar 2014


What is Equality and Diversity In the UK equality and diversity is a term used to define and champion equality, diversity and human rights as defining values of society. It promotes equality of opportunity for all, giving every individual the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination. UK legislation requires public authorities to promote equality in everything that they do, also making sure that other organisations meet their legal duties to promote equality while also doing so themselves.

About this Calendar London Learning Consortium is committed to taking positive steps to help promote awareness of quality and diversity practices. This calendar is an important resource for LLC particularly in terms of highlighting key dates to take in to consideration in terms of lesson planning and embedding equality and diversity in teaching and learning as well as a more general awareness of equality and diversity. Please note that LLC have gone to great care to ensure the dates are us up to date as possible but some religious days may be subject to change or local variations.


Commonly Used Religous Symbols

Baha’i:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahá’í_Faith

Hindu:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism

Pagan:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagan_ religions

Buddhist:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism

Jain

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism

Rastafarian:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Rastafari_movement

Taoism:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism

Jewish:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism

Shinto:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinto

Christian:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Christian

Muslim:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim

Sikh:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikh


January Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival celebrated in almost all parts of India and Nepal in a myriad of cultural forms. It is a harvest festival. Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India.

January is Celebration of Life Month

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

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World Braille Day

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Epiphany Christian

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Christmas Day Ethiopian Rastafari, Orthodox Christian

13th Milad un Nabi Muslim 14th Makar Sankranti Hindu

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16th Tu B’Shevat Jewish 19th World Religion Day

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27th Holocaust Memorial Day 31st

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Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist


February Februrary is World Cancer Awareness Month | Youth Leadership Month |

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

“Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people." - Martina Navratilova

We are committed to celebrate its diversity and that of the society as a whole. We encourage everyone to see diversity and cultural pluralism as the positive forces that they are and endeavour to reflect this in all we do.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month | National Heart Month

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Key Days 8th

Parinnirvana Buddhist

11th Internet Safety Day 12th World Day of Social Justice 14th International Mother Language Day


March

March is International Women’s Month | Ovarian & Prostate Cancer Awareness Month |World Wide Red Cross Month

International Women’s Day is now an official holiday in many countries. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

“Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome”. - Rosa Parks Monday

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Key Days 1st

Fast of Esther Jewish

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Nineteen Day Fast Begins Bahai

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Shrove Tuesday Christian

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Ash Wednesday Christian

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National Doodle Day for Epilepsy Awareness Winter Paralympics Starts

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International Women’s Day

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Naw-Ruz Bahai Jamshedi Noruz Zoroastrian Shubun-sai Shinto

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26th Khordad Sal Zoroastrian

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British Summer Time Begins clocks go forward Ugadi Hindu


April April is Autism Awareness Month | Stress Awareness Month

Passover is an important Biblicallyderived Jewish festival. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation over 3,300 years ago by God from slavery in ancient Egypt that was ruled by the Pharaohs, and their birth as a nation under the leadership of Moses.

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” - Michael Jordan Monday

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Swaminarayan Jayanti Hindu

14th Fast of the First Born Jewish 13th Vaisakhi Sikh

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14th Birthday of Guru Nanak Sikh

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18th Good Friday Christian

15th Passover Begins Jewish Theravda New Year Buddhist

20th Easter Sunday Christian

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Easter Monday Christian

22nd Allergy Awareness Week 23rd Passover Ends Jewish 27th Yom Hashoah Jewish 29th Ridvan Ninth Day Bahai

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May

World Cultural Diversity Day is annually held on May 21 to help people learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month| Family Wellness Month | Mental Health Awareness Month

We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race.” - Kofi-Annan Monday

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International Day Against Homophobia aims to tackle prejudice and discrimination and promote the rights of lesbian and gay people. Each year the campaign has a different focus.

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Key Days 12th International Nurses Day 17th International Day Against Homophobia 21st

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World Cultural Diversity Day


June

LGBT Pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.

June is Lesbian, Gay & Transgender Pride Month | Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month | National Smile Month

“Gay rights are human rights.” Monday

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- Hillary Clinton

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Key Days 20th World Refugee Day 21st

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Summer Solstice Pagan Deaf Blind Awareness Week

28th Ramadan Begins - Muslim


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July is Make a Difference to Children Month | Family Reunion Month

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” - Sir Winston Churchill Monday

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Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The religious Eid is a single day and Muslims are not permitted to fast on that day.

Key Days 11th World Population Day 19th Jamshedi Noruz Zoroastrian 24th Khordad Sal Zoroastrian 28th Eid-Ul-Fitr Muslim 30th International Day of Friendship


August August is Women’s Small Business Month |What will be your Legacy Month | Black Business Month

Women's Equality Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. It calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.

“I attribute my success to this I never gave or took any excuse.” - Florence Nightingale

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Key Days 9th

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

12th International Youth Day 26th Women’s Equality Day


September

September is People Skills Month | Women’s Friendship Month

“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer.

- John F Kennedy Monday

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Key Days 5th

Rosh Hashanah Jewish

14th Yom Kippur Jewish 22nd Autumn Equinox Pagan 28th Confucius’ Birthday Chinese


October

October is Black History Month | Stoptober | People Skills Month | Women’s Friendship Month

“We must understand that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal value, no matter what their colour.” - Maya Angelou Monday

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Black History Month October was first designated as Black History Month in the United Kingdom during 1987. Today almost every region of the UK celebrates Black History Month and libraries, museums, galleries, archives and other public venues put on events to highlight the longevity of the Black and Asian presence in the UK and celebrate the nation’s diverse cultural heritage.

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International Day of Older Persons

15th Eid-Ul-Adha Muslim 24th United Nations Day

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November November is Anti Bullying Month | Movember | Inspirational Role Models Month

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” - Stephen Hawking

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National Anti-bullying Month run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), aims to raise awareness of the serious problem of bullying. It encourages children and young people, schools, local authorities and the wider community to accept responsibility for the problem of bullying and to work together to stop it. It also celebrates the work that children and young people are doing throughout the country to respond to and prevent bullying.

Key Dates 4th

Al-Hijira Muslim

10th Remembrance Sunday 11th Armistice Day

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12th Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Baha’I 13th Ashura Muslim

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14th World Diabetes Day

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23rd Diwali Hindu

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16th International Day for Tolerance


December December is UK Disability History Month | Spiritual Literacy Month| Write to a Friend Month

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” - Desmond Tutu Monday

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International Human Rights Day On 10 December 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has become a universal standard for the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide. This year on 10 December, the international community celebrates Human Rights Day to mark the adoption of the Universal Declaration.

Key Dates 1st

World Aids Day

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Nicholas’ Day Christian

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10th International Human Rights Day

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18th International Migrents Day Winter Solstice/Yule Pagan

24th Christmas Eve Christian 25th Christmas Day Christian 26th St Stephen’s Day Christian


Equality and Diversity Policy London Learning Consortium are equal opportunities employer. We are committed to equality of opportunity and to providing a service and following practices which are free from unfair and unlawful discrimination in line with the Equality Act 2010. For our full Equality and Diversity Policy please email: londonlc@londonlc.org.uk It aims to ensure that all staff and students whether existing or potential receive fair and equal treatment and to counter any attitudes and behaviour which deny opportunities to people simply or primarily because of their: • Age • Disability • Gender reassignment • Marriage and civil partnership • Pregnancy and maternity • Race • Religion or belief (this includes lack of belief ) • Sex • Sexual Orientation

Safeguarding London Learning Consortium recognises that its staff and students have an important role to play in safeguarding the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and preventing abuse. LLC has a comprehensive protection policy to ensure that the welfare of our students is always placed at the centre of all activities. If you would like to see a copy of this policy please email: londonlc@londonlc.org.uk If you need to report any issues around safeguarding or are worried about somebody or need to speak to somebody yourself you can call 0208 774 4040


Equality & Diversity Calendar 2014