Culture Week for Children

Culture week has just ended at my kids school.   It has been enjoyed immensely by all the children.  My own two kids have been coming home every night buzzing with information about the country that they’ve been learing about. 

This term, the school focused on the Asian countries…

pakistan-flag.png  Pakistan: my little boy explained to me that the white part of the flag represents the Christians of the country.  I didn’t know that!  And all the children can now say hello using the full Islamic greeting which starts with…”Assalamu Alaikum.”

iran.jpg  Iran: in light of the recent “unhappy” events that have occurred in Iran, the children were asked to go deeper than the politics.  They learned about the religion and they read out some Islamic prayers of peace.  They also learned that some Persian rugs can cost more than a car!

buddha.jpg Sri Lanka: the girls learned how to wear a sari and they all learned about the …Four Noble Truths.

chinese.jpg China:  a local Chinese restaurateur brought in his chinese Dragon and the kids all got to have a go at working it.  They also watched some demo’s from a Taekwondo expert.

 taj-mahal.jpg India:  the children learned about the Taj Mahal and were surprised to find out that there are  many Christians in India.  They told us of all the delicious spicy food they had made and tasted during the week.

thai-buddhist.jpg  Thailand: the children taught us some Thai language and showed us some buddhist art that they had produced throughout the week.

japan.jpg  Japan:  It was very hard for me to resist putting a picture of the mushroom cloud of Nagasaki here but resist I did because this is about celebrating cultures, not about death and destruction.  The children performed a lovely, gentle dance to a quiet piece of Japanese music.

My little boy’s class was Pakistan and he asked me the other day if I would take him to Mecca because…”you get to see God.”

My daughter’s class was Sri Lanka and one of her co-pupils is actually from Sri Lanka and is indeed a practising buddhist so they received first-hand knowledge.  His mother showed the girls how to wear sari’s and his father brought in some Buddhist music.  Incidentally, it’s interesting to note that my daughter talks about her Buddhist co-pupil sometimes and she tells me that he’s a really quiet and gentle boy and that he…”never gets mad“.  Hmmm.  Buddhism.

Culture week – a huge success.  It involved all kinds of fun and learning activities with people from the community coming in and showing their diverse skills.  The children all had a self-made passport and on the last morning (today) they all took off on their travels and went into each classroom  country, had their passports stamped and shared culture knowldege.  It all ended with a family finale this afternoon where many of the children and all of the teachers dressed up in the traditional costume of the country that they had temporarily adopted and each class demonstrated, through roleplay, the things they had learned throughout the week.

Educational cross-cultural fun all round.


4 responses to this post.

  1. That’s indeed good education, and all the pupils of foreign origin that took part in the cultural week had the chance to see that Britain is a tolerant country which respect their traditions as much as British traditions should also be respected by them.


  2. Huh? Thought Mecca was now a bingo hall?


  3. Lol. Brilliant!

    It is, it is. But he didn’t mean the nightclub formerly known as the Mecca from our dismal home town. He meant the real thing from whence the nightclub title was derived.


  4. Jose, yes, it did show us to be the tolerant country that we mostly are.

    It also occurred to me when watching the assembly that far too many countries, including some of the countries portrayed by the children, were intolerant in differing levels.


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