This year at IGB International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we felt that we really raised the bar from our previous years’ efforts. We were finally able to put together a Parent Volunteer Organisation Committee for Inclusion, and parents carefully planned the lead up to Inclusive Schools Week, and the week itself. Posters about inclusion and the ‘colouring’ of the phoenix, our school mascot, highlighted different aspects of diversity in our school each week in November – gender, ability, religion, language and culture. This kept the community actively thinking about inclusion and diversity in the run up to the week.
Throughout Inclusive Schools Week, lunchtime storytelling sessions were held and each day of the week showcased a new learning opportunity for the several school constituents – Monday was presentations at assemblies, Tuesday saw a whole school ‘Dare to be Different’ dress up day as well as ‘Learn a Language Lunch’, Wednesday was movie shorts day as well as presentations for parents and students around emotional well being, Thursday was Random Acts of Kindness Day with pay it forward acts spreading throughout the school, and Friday culminated in a community event with family picnics, a movie and cooperative games. Students even got involved by initiating their own actions of teaching students, parents and staff how to play wheelchair basketball, and doing a Race for Kindness. We were proud to be a part of this initiative and we can’t wait for next year!