Children have been celebrating the rich cultural diversity among their classmates at Upton Junior School in Broadstairs.
In recognition of the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, pupils researched and explored a variety of cultures and heritages.
Many of them dressed in colourful outfits reflecting nations including India, Thailand, Spain and Romania.
Year 3 pupil Amelia said: “It is interesting and fun to find out about how other children and their families live, what clothes they wear, what they eat and what their celebrations and worship are about.”
Head of Lower School Darci Arthur said: “We encourage our pupils to be children of the world and this global day gave us another opportunity to explore a range of important topics.”
In her international message marking the event, Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation), said: “Cultural diversity provides fresh ideas and perspectives that enrich our lives in countless ways, allowing us all to grow and thrive together. A culturally diverse classroom is not only more inclusive, it boosts student learning and achievement.”
She described the day as “an opportunity for us all to celebrate the tremendous benefits of cultural diversity, including humanity’s rich intangible heritage, and to reaffirm our commitment to building a more peaceful world, founded on the values of mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue.”