Breaking Stereotypes: Understanding Multicultural Diversity in Delhi NCR schools

Reachout monograph on ‘Breaking Stereotypes: Understanding Multicultural Diversity in Delhi NCR schools’, was carried out to assess the acceptance of multicultural diversity and how it manifests in the day to day behavior and environment in the schools amongst the key stakeholders; students, teachers and parents simultaneously.

The main objective of this qualitative research was to explore the level of acceptance of multicultural diversity in Delhi NCR schools not only at the surface level but more importantly as a day to day behavioural manisfestation. It aims to analyze the perspective of the teachers, parents and students regarding the issue in the schools.

It highlights the teachers’, students’ and parent’s understanding of the concept of diversity and how they recognize and overcome the challenges emerging through diversity, both inside and outside the classroom. Schools in Delhi – NCR today encompass an array of races, languages, traditions, belief systems, social strata and religions. There is no homogeneity amongst the learners. With this shift in learner demography teachers face multiple and complex issues that may challenge many of their educational practices and assumptions.

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Our Stories - An Initiative by Reachout Foundation

OurStories is an initiative of Reachout Foundation to create a digital channel integrated with social media platforms that will disseminate Multiple Narratives from India and its neighbourhood.

Stories connect us. It helps us understand each other. But over the last two decades our stories were no longer being heard and people and places just kept falling off the map. We want to reconnect again through our stories and join the dots.

It is envisaged that going beyond the ‘single story’ will help in dispelling stereotypes and breaking barriers. Stories punch holes in our mental walls (prejudices) and through those holes we get a glimpse of the other and often like it.

The founder editor of this social experiment is Kishalay Bhattacharjee a journalist and author. Bhattacharjee is also Director, Reachout Foundation, former Resident Editor New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV), and former Chair, Internal Security and Senior Fellow Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

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Reachout Anti-Discrimination Project


Delhi-NCR Discrimination Survey 2014

Reachout Anti-Discrimination Project was launched to address the need to recognize ethnic and racial discrimination that is so prevalent in India.

The main objective of the Delhi-NCR Discrimination 2014 survey is to understand the extent and scope of ethnic/racial discrimination perceived by people from India’s North-east living in Delhi-NCR. The targeted population for the survey were people from all the eight north-eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura who are currently living in Delhi and the NCR (Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurgaon).

To take effective measures to prevent and combat discrimination needs deepening the understanding of discrimination, its causes and extent - as well as the impact of policies and practices designed to tackle it.

Click here for the full Report Speech of Hon’ble Chairperson Justice Shri K. G. Balakrishnan