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June 2012



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BSix has just spent two days celebrating Somalian independence. On the first day our students appeared in traditional costume and sold Somalian cakes and delicacies in the canteen. Somalian flags were everywhere and music and dancing entertained students during the lunchtime.

On the next day, two lectures were delivered to an absolutely packed audience. Mr Farhen Hassan is the Director of the Somali Heritage Academic Network and Mr Hamish Wilson is the founder and Director of Degno - the Centre for Somali Heritage and Rural Life which is based in Wales. They talked rivetingly about "Somali Past and Present and the essence of identity in education."

Ali Yusuf Abdi teaches Maths and Computing at BSix and is the only Somali member of staff. He wrote: "Undoubtedly the day was of great use to the Somalis as well as other students at BSix and of course created some sense of belonging for Somalis in this wonderful college. On a wider scale, on behalf of the Somali students, I would like to highlight that we greatly appreciate this initiative taken by BSix aimed at getting the Somali students acquainted with their own culture."

These celebrations form part of a wider programme to celebrate the diversity of our staff and students organised by BSeven: Extended College. This year alone has seen events in the canteen to highlight the cultures of Cuba, Brazil, Peru, Pakistan, Nigeria, Grenada, England and Bangladesh. "We pride ourselves on being a college for all peoples," says Denise Roulston, Director of BSeven. "We aim to be a college community in which all young people and staff can feel at home irrespective of ethnicity, faith, background or sexuality. The Somali days were excellent events to which our students and Ali contributed so much. Thank you to them all."

See the gallery of the event here