When studying KS3 citizenship, diversity means cultural diversity. A culturally diverse community contains people from a wide variety of different cultures and backgrounds. These communities can be extremely interesting places in which to grow up. Children in diverse communities will have friends with different backgrounds and can learn a lot about the world and the way other cultures live.
Unfortunately, there are people who cannot see the benefits of living in a diverse culture. Some of them develop a negative attitude towards others because of their colour, religion or ethnic origin. These attitudes are called prejudices and are sometimes passed on from parents to children.
People with prejudices often forget (or don't realise) that they too have a diversity of ancestors.
Take for example the British. The earliest people who lived in Britain were family tribes who arrived here from the continent. Over the years, others arrived from different parts of Europe and also settled in Britain. In more modern history, England has been invaded by the Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and the French. These invaders have all settled here and their cultures have been mixed as the generations passed, creating the British culture. Many of the words that appear in the English language have origins in different languages - Latin, Hindi, German, French, Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Viking and more. Other cultures and languages have been influenced in the same way.