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by Pearl Bamfo | December 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Should universities use positive discrimination to increase diversity?
In so many ways this can be a positive thing but any form of discrimination is negative in itself i think what should be done is empowering individuals from all different backgrounds to view utniversity as a necessity but most importantly to attract individuals through their passion,hobbies and creative media attraction.
TAKE A look in America alot of black communities,Asian and hispanic communities are being spurred on to university through sports,music and media scholarships which in turn encourages individuals to perform better in class and increase their worth in society and more so have something to fall into when their sporting or music careers ends.
Positive discrimination can be something that can be used gradually and subtle -y but all in all i dont think it is the right solution into tackling problems of lack of diversity in UNiversities.Look AT THE NUMBER OF AFRICAN ASPIRING FOOTBALLERS IN FOOTBALL ACADEMIES,LOOK AT THE ASPIRING MUSICIANS IN MUSIC ACADEMIES(BRIXTON MUSIC ACADEMY) THAT IS HOW THE GOVERNMENT SHOUlD COLLUDE WITH EDUCATIONAL INSITUTIONS TO ENSURE THEY CAN CREATE SCHEMES ND PROJECTS ESPECIALLY FOR DEPRIVED AREAS TO HELP ETHNIC MINORITY KIDS AND YOUTHS VIEW ACHIEVING HIGHER EDUCATION AS A REQUIREMENT AND A NECESSITY.
CREATION OF CHEAP UNSKILLED JOBS AND PROVISION OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING IS A DETERRENT TO UNEMPLOYMENT IN THIS COUNTRY AND IN SO MANY WAYS AIMED AT ETHNIC MINORITIES COMMUNITIES BUT FOR A COUNTRY TO TRULY DEVELOP IT NEEDS FRESH EDUCATED MINDS BURSTING WITH IDEAS TO ENSURE INNOVATION , CREATIVITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN ALL SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY..
BEFORE I WISH TO POSE A QUESTION TP YOU MISS PEARL; ARE WE AS ETHNIC MINORITY COMMUNITIES EMPOWEREING OUR KIDS TO GET INTO UNIVERSITIES?, HAVE WE GOT INFRASTRUCTURES AND SYSYTEMS THAT FACILITATE THAT? YOU DONT WANT UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS CREATING EASY PATHWAYS FOR STUDENTS OF DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS TO ENROL IN UNIVERSITIES ONLY FOR THE COMMUNITY AND FAMILIES LAGGING BEHIND IN EMPOWERING THESE PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS TO EMBRACE THE OPPORTUNITIES,
WE DO NEED INFRASTRUCTURES LIKE PAN-AFRICAN COMMUNITIES,ANGLO-ASIAN AND AFRO-CARRIBEAN UNIONS THAT EMPOWER OUR KIDS AND SHOW THEM THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY IS BEHIND THEM AS INDIVIDUALS BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY AS VALUED INDIVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITY.
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