Introducing the cultural table


From Monday 18 March ISU has a cultural table, next to our language of the week presentation. On this table we will display important festivals from cultures present in our school community. The first cultural table was decorated by KG Teaching Assisstant Nastaran Beik Pourian. She presents the Iranian New Year's celebrations (Nowruz). In this article Ms Nastaran tells you why a cultural table in school is so close to her heart.

By Nastaran Beik Pourian, KG Teaching Assistant

In an increasingly multicultural world, embracing diverse cultures is crucial for meaningful interactions. At ISU we like to explore beyond our local area to discover the world, gaining a deep understanding of international customs. Especially during formative years.

Nuances of culture and lifestyle

While many young learners can locate countries on a map, the true essence of learning about a region goes beyond geography. A comprehensive understanding requires immersion in the culture of that region. For instance, identifying Mongolia on a map is one thing, but grasping the nuances of its culture and lifestyle is an entirely different experience, often overlooked in traditional educational settings.

To truly comprehend a region, experiencing its culture is essential. Our school's cultural table embodies our commitment to these ideals for various reasons:

Gain exposure to diverse perspectives

Studying different cultures fosters innovative ideas by recognising unique problem-solving approaches. Understanding how people from various backgrounds view the world enhances creative and critical thinking.

Foster respect through understanding cultural differences

Learning about other cultures promotes empathy and tolerance, reduces conflicts and builds valuable relationships. Embracing cultural diversity allows you to support differences and adapt to new societal norms.

Appreciate diversity

Overcome personal biases and challenge negative stereotypes by identifying and respecting practices different from your own.

Improve communication skills

Cultural awareness enhances communication skills beyond language, including presentation, speed, figurative language, and understanding non-verbal clues.

Creating opportunities for students to interact with different cultures provides a genuine understanding of regions, breaking cultural barriers and fostering curiosity about the world. This adventure allows students to explore life in foreign lands, promoting a curiosity that was previously inaccessible.