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DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
The Importance of Teacher Diversity: A Student's Perspective
By Héloïse Hughes, year 13 13-Apr-22
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.