Week-long respect festival at D&A College

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D&A College transformed its halls and corridors into Equality Street this week, as staff and students celebrate tolerance and diversity.

Respect is a week-long festival of events reinforcing acceptance in the corridors and classrooms.

Events taking place look at culture, language, culinary traditions, music, and dance, including a return visit to college by Moctar Sawane, of Senegal.

An internationally renowned percussionist, Moctar visited the campus last year describing the lives of the Mandinka people, a large ethnic group, noted for their oral traditions of songs and proverbs, spread across west Africa.

Local grown-talent displaying a cultural phenomenon from the east is Sarah Ramage, a social science student who will give a demonstration of belly dancing.

A series of workshops and seminars include an insight into Islam entitled, Taught by Muhammad, and representatives of Dundee International Women’s Centre presenting a talk on understanding other cultures.

Police Scotland are on hand examining hate crime while Show Racism the Red Card will also has a presence.

A college spokesperson said: “The message to everyone at college is that we value respect: respect for yourself, your colleagues, classmates, and visitors”.

To this end there is also a seminar on the phenomenon known as ‘sexting’.

The spokesperson continued: “D&A College has an on-going campaign to promote respect regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, gender, faith, disability or sexual orientation and this event is designed to reinforce the message.

“There is huge diversity among the college population and we aim to ensure that all individuals and groups feel they are treated positively with fairness and equality.

“D&A College is an open and inclusive institution, where regardless of borders, birth, belief, or sexuality, everyone is treated equally.”