Children are innocent and teaching and directing them to the right path is the responsibility of parents as well as teachers. Every parent’s dream is to see their children grow in hate free, bias free and discrimination free environment. To achieve this goal parents must be conscious about what they are teaching their children. Apart from this they also must take interest in what their children are learning in school environment. How to teach diversity to children is a great question that every parent and individuals must think about.
DIVERSITY AND CHILDREN
When the children take a step towards their first school, they will make friends from various backgrounds. It is a natural tendency of a child to notice similarities and differences. This notice will then take a form of curiosity and it is up to us adults how we model those curiosity as acceptance and friendliness.
Below we will briefly outline few pointers on how to teach diversity to children.
Use themes that celebrate diversity
Classrooms are the first step for children in their life journey. Conversation with students regularly and embedding multicultural experiences help them learn and embrace diversity with an open mind.
Charts and artworks
Discuss about the blissfulness of having children from multiple cultures, their similarities, and differences and how each one of us is unique and special. Then have every child participate in creating charts and artworks which helps them learn about teamwork.
Teaching children to ask questions
Children are often taught asking questions is rude, but it is a great way to learn. It is our responsibility to teach children how we can sensitively and appropriately ask questions. Guiding children in having conversation about their differences teaches them to embrace each other’s differences.
Positive interests in diverse cultures
Parents and teachers must show enthusiasm when a child is sharing something about their values, culture or themselves. This way it encourages other children to come and share something about themselves.
Respect and empathise with all children
All the children in a classroom must be treated equally. Respect them as it shows children there is nothing wrong in respecting each other. It boosts their confidence in expressing themselves to fellow children.
Children learn visually. They are quick to learn things that we show them and the way we show them determines whether we are directing them to the right path.