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The Importance of Teacher Diversity: A Student's Perspective

By Héloïse Hughes, year 13
The Importance of Teacher Diversity: A Student's Perspective

Héloïse's contribution to an online affinity group focusing on the experiences of Africans in international education tackles how a lack of teacher diversity can affect students.

Proudly African, Héloïse started her change-making journey aged 12 with curricular service learning. Through a school project, she produced art to fundraise for the schooling of young South African girls with AIDS. As a teenager, Héloïse went on to organize an ambitious book collection for schools in Cameroon and Zambia. In 2019, Héloïse co-hosted an online concert to support vulnerable African schools in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo through the COVID-19 crisis. Track and field is an important part of Héloïse’s life. Two years in a row, Héloïse earned the title of Geneva and Swiss regional champion for sprint (100 & 200m) and/or long-jump. Héloïse earned a personal project prize for her research on the politics of African Hair. She was involved in the 2022 United Nations Peace Talks, in which she spoke about racism at school.


Héloïse is a year 13 student at an international school in Switzerland.

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