Diversity Day Educates about Multiculturalism

Diversity Day is a way of showing children about different faiths and different cultures, so that they learn about them and their significance from a very young age. It has been running for the last six years in a way for pupils to get a glimpse into the life and times of different religions, faiths and cultures.

600 Pupils Got Involved

The day itself was hosted by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, where 600 Primary Six pupils from Carolside, Netherlee, Busby and Calderwood Lodge in the Glasgow area attended the event.

The event also includes a number of activities designed to bring together children of many different cultures including trying on clothing styles from different faiths and cultures, and learning how they say ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’ or how they show respect.

 

Different is Good

A lot of teachers believe it is a great way of showing the pupils everything they have in common with other people around the well, as well as what makes them different. It teaches children that different is often very healthy, it is not something to be frightened about or something that should be ignored.

Keep the Culture!

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Teachers and teaching assistants are being placed under an increasing amount of pressure to teach children everything they need to know. The pressure is really on to help them become high functioning and successful adults later in life. However with long hours, large classes and a shortage of both teachers and funding in many cases, it is getting harder and harder for teachers to be able to fulfil this promise to parents.

Culture is extremely important in education; however it can often be cut in favour of more ‘practical subjects ‘such as maths and science. It is crucial to be able to have a healthy balance of all sorts of subjects throughout every child’s education in order to give them enough choice to develop their own skills and interests. A balanced education is also important as it allows children to relax into less ‘stressful’ subjects, or to find their own path as well as learning about the past and gaining important communication skills.

It is for this reason that culture should remain a primary function for many schools. Allowing students time to create their own cultural art pieces, be it a sculpture, a story, a piece of music or something as small as a ‘what they did over the summer’, is a crucial aspect of giving children as much of a chance as they can of having a well-rounded future.