Ivybridge Community College ran their first ever CultureFest; a new exciting festival, which saw students from Years 7 to 10 participating in a variety of lectures and practical workshops.
The day was led by youth intervention worker Kadus Smith and gave students, all of whom had volunteered to take part in the activities, an opportunity to learn about different cultures from around the world and their history.
There were workshops covering a variety of topics including equality and diversity, the history of the slave trade as well as the influence that different international cultures have on current political and social current affairs.
A very popular part of the day was the lunchtime food event which introduced all students to cuisines from a range of different ethnic cultures. The hall was also set up with informative exhibits detailing the positive contribution that culture has made to the world.
The aims of the day were to promote accountability, to educate, inspire and celebrate a wide variety of international cultures.
Opening CultureFest, Kadus Smith, born in Trinidad and Tobago and now a Youth Intervention worker at Plymouth Argyle Trust, spoke about his life and of his experiences growing up as a young black child in Hull. He also spoke about the times when he was the victim of racism himself, on one occasion resulting in hospitalisation.
During the event, students also heard from members of the Social Equality charity Plymouth Hope and took part in a workshop giving a wider history of the slave trade as well as taking part in a Question and Answer session.
Alongside our external speakers, Jasmine Rolfe, a representative of the Student Council, joined our collection of speakers for the day.
The College is committed to spreading the awareness of multiculturalism and to champion anti-racism and inclusion. The inaugural CultureFest was a brilliant event, and we are extremely proud of the students who designed the day in partnership with Kadus Smith.