With equality and diversity high on the College’s agenda, yesterday saw over 300 students from subject areas as diverse as plumbing and hairdressing attend a talk by the Unity Project on Travellers and the Gypsy community.
The 30 minute presentation formed part of the College’s equality and diversity programme and aimed to dispel some of the myths surrounding the Travelling community and to promote the integration of all cultures within the College community.
Presenters on the day were Denise Barry, a Unity Project worker with Pembrokeshire County Council, and Kirby Jones who grew up on a Traveller site in Pembroke and now works avidly to change the perception of Travellers.
Students who attended the talk were surprised to hear that Gypsies make up the largest ethnic minority group in Pembrokeshire and that getting Gypsy children into education is one of the keys to integrating Travellers into their community.
To round off the presentation, students were prompted to ask questions which allowed the speakers to challenge some of the students perceptions of this often misunderstood ethnic group which will hopefully lead to the full integration of this group within the College.