Multiculturalism at San Patricio School
We have always had an unintelligible curiosity for the new, and once we find it, the questions that come to our minds are, is that similar to me? Is that different from me? We always try to understand the world from our perspective, but when that new thing differs from our own philosophy, we crash with a difference, feeling uncomfortable and confused. Some people call this situation “cultural shock”. We face these difference-problems daily, in public transportation, at work, school and on the streets. So, how can we tolerate or understand these differences in order to live peacefully? Well, multiculturalism seeks the inclusion of the views and contributions of diverse members of society, while maintaining respect for their differences and withholding the demand for their assimilation into the dominant culture. Multiculturalism is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of cultural diversity values and advance the goals of UNESCO: quality education, sustainable cities, the environment, economic growth, sustainable consumption and production patterns, peaceful and inclusive societies, gender equality and food security. Thus, San Patricio School wants to acquire this multicultural thinking and values so that our students become individuals that enrich themselves and society by recognizing diversity.
On July 22nd, San Patricio students celebrated International day of cultural diversity for dialogue and development. We had different activities to learn about the diversity of cultures, such as analysis of songs about identity, theatre representation about trips and their cultural richness, gallery of myself, cultural appreciation of youth trends, manga museum, ancient gods representations, musical Colombian performances, analysis of sports in indigenous communities, the activity of non-verbal identity and presentations about different religions, regions, social classes, languages and sex roles around the world. Students prepared these activities for almost two months activating multicultural skills such as curiosity and a non-judging lens to research about different places and social matters. On July 22nd, we finally celebrated the acquisition of more empathy and sensitivity to one’s culture and others, gaining cultural awareness and contextual understanding.
Celebrating our differences, as well as our common interests, helps us to truly understand others’ perspectives, to broaden our own, and fully experience and educate ourselves. We are eager to create a multi-ethnic and multicultural society that helps us overcome prejudice, discrimination, and ethnocentrism. We want students to feel more confident and safer with difference, being empathetic and open-minded to be prepared for diverse workplaces. Finally, understanding people and their backgrounds are crucial to personal and community growth, and this is exactly what students learned with the different multicultural projects we carried out.
Foreign Languages Area