Monday, February 23, 2015

Cautious Awareness on 'Diversity'

We were invited by a lovely teacher at a French school in Beirut to give her elementary students a short session on discrimination and treatment of domestic workers and nannies in Lebanon. After weeks of planning based on verbal agreements, we receive a categorical rejection and un-invitation from the school headmaster only 48 hours before the planned session.

The reason stated was that the topic is "too touchy" and they "can not risk" creating problems with the students' parents, almost all of whom obviously employ domestic workers at home. This reply came while the school is busy preparing their "diversity week". We're sure they embrace "diversity and tolerance", but only when it's practical, easy, does not interfere with their interests and does not come close to challenging the status quo! Quite appalling, to say the least?

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