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UTech launches 'respect and tolerance' initiative
2013-02-07 17:35:26 | (0 Comments)
In a response to the November 2012 beating of an alleged gay student, and other incidents involving its students, the University of Technology (UTech) today launched its respect and tolerance initiative.
An alleged gay student is held by a security guard, while another beats him and another stands by in the Novemer 2012 photo - Contributed
The one-year initiative is funded by the European Union in the amount of $1.2 million dollars.
The Head of the EU delegation in Jamaica, Ambassador Paola Amadei, lauded UTech's project saying it was a small but critical step in building a more equitable institution and through its graduates, a more equitable Jamaica.
She said no country can truly develop if minorities face threats and intimidation.
The initiative will involve a number of activities including curriculum modification for the academic year 2013-2014.
Starting in September, courses will be introduced to address issues of tolerance, respect and diversity.
Research will be done to find out the actual perceptions and attitudes of the UTech community focusing on mob violence and notions of respect and disrespect.
The data is expected to help school officials to formulate a more effective plan.
There will also be an anniversary event in November to show the campus has moved on from the event that brought much negative national attention.
President of UTech, Professor Errol Morrison, stressed it was a continuing exercise adding that the event would be held annually.
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