City and Islington College launched their 2019 Themed Learning Week on Monday 11 February at the Centre for Lifelong Learning in Finsbury Park. City and Islington have run a themed learning week – organised entirely by teaching staff and students – for the past 5 years and this year’s week is called “Skin Deep”. Its focus is on immigration and the idea that #WeAreAllimmigrants.
College Principal, Andy Forbes – whose father came Birmingham as an immigrant during the war – launched the week. He said: “We are part of a multicultural college and country… and long may that last!”
City and Islington GCSE English Teacher Sean Vernell was one of the main organisers. He said: “Skin Deep is about taking on issues of racism, as well as the issue of immigration, and why this college and elsewhere should celebrate multiculturalism, the richness of our cultural diversity and the economic importance of immigrants in our society.”
The week which runs from Monday 11 to Friday 15 February, features events, shows, music, talks, art, photography and performance. “Skin Deep” looks set to be our best themed learning week yet. Students and staff across the college will be performing, displaying, reciting and singing about the positive role multiculturalism plays in our society. There has been a lot of negative press recently towards immigrants in particular, so the events throughout the week will attempt to challenge the negative portrayal of immigration and promote the way that living in a diverse community enriches everyone’s lives.