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Published : 19/02/2013 00:00

Celebrating diversity is top of the agenda for children’s centre

Gipton children’s centre is showing commitment to celebrating diversity and standing up to racism in their community by joining up to a race equality programme.

The centre has just signed up to the Stephen Lawrence Education standard and will be holding a celebration event on Wednesday 20 February where people from the local community and specially invited guests will come together to celebrate the commitment to the new standard.

The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard (SLES), is awarded to schools, early years centres and colleges which demonstrate knowledge, understanding and evidence of promoting inclusion and race equality to help transform education.

Representatives from the local policing  teams, community members, staff and family will be in attendance to mark the occasion.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for children’s services said:

“It is excellent that this children’s centre has chosen to take on the Stephen Lawrence standard and promote the ideas of equality and celebrating diversity in their community.

“Children’s centres are at the heart of the community so they are the ideal place to spread the message of equality and community cohesion.”

Notes to editors:

The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard was developed in partnership between Education Leeds, Leeds City Council and black and minority community representatives in response to the death of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 and the publication of the MacPherson Inquiry Report six years later.

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