Today we’re going to talk about why cultural diversity is important for students.
May 21st is the day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Every year, UNESCO celebrates it by focusing on the richness of different cultures around the world and the importance of engaging in intercultural dialogue so that we may achieve suitable development and peace. These events are meant to foster a sense of respect so that we may see the commonality between different cultures.
Considering how diverse our classrooms are, it is important for us to educate our students about these concepts so that they may learn from each other and go beyond tolerating to truly accepting and caring for each other. We can do this in the following ways.
Have children talk about their cultural backgrounds and analyze the commonalities between each other. Also look at what each culture has to offer.
You can assess their learning by using the following resource:
#2. Critical Thinking
Look at the stereotypes for each of your students’ cultures and analyze the validity of them. Evaluate who started them and why, and work on reframing this thought process so that students don’t buy into those stereotypes.
#3. Practice Cultural Sensitivity
Have children learn about their own cultural heritage and share it with the class. Take them on a journey so that they can delve deeply it and don’t only look at the surface value, such as clothes and food. Their job will be to learn about where their family came from along with several different and important aspects of their culture. Follow it up with each child presenting their findings. You can then go back to steps 1 and 2 to learn more about each child’s culture.
For a step-by-step and easy-to-use resource that will take you from brainstorming right until the presentation stage, check out the following resources by clicking on the images below.
Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- The importance of integrating cultural diversity lessons into your curriculum.
- Three ways to do it: discussion, critical thinking, and practice cultural sensitivity.
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