Celebrating diversity is second nature in schools. Beyond cultural, ethical and gender differences, we also see disparity in socioeconomic status, religion, personality and disabilities. As we well know, it is our differences that make us unique. Our ‘uniqueness’ also help us to grow and learn.
A diverse school environment is so beneficial to your child’s learning and the experience of successfully celebrating differences aids development into a well-rounded adult.
Discover these five reasons why diversity matters in schools:
- It emulates real life and the workplace
We live in an increasingly global world. Cross cultural interactions are only increasing with developments in communications technology and international transport. Beyond greater cultural diversity, learning to work around people with a variety of strengths, weaknesses and personalities is an important skill for those in the workplace.
- It provides experiences
When people only ever interact with those who are similar to them, they create spheres of experience and understanding. Their knowledge of the world becomes limited and closed off. Diversity matters because diversity introduces us to knew people and their stories, thus educating us further and increasing our own experiences.
- Improves emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence often defined as “ … the capacity for recognising our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships.” Diversity introduces us to new experiences and possibly new emotions, all helping us to develop our own emotional intelligence.
- It encourages acceptance, love and empathy
The more exposure we have to diversity, the greater understanding we have of those around us, and how we can show them love and empathy. Not experiencing diversity can result in culture silos and ignorance of those who are different to us. This ignorance can lead to making snap judgements on things like appearance or demeanour.
- It creates opportunities to spread the Gospel
In Matthew 28:19, God says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. God didn’t say, ‘go and make disciples among the people who are just like you’, but to make disciples of all nations, and this doesn’t just mean people overseas. God calls on us to spread the Gospel with everyone, and that includes every member of the diverse communities we exist in.
Living in Australia, we are privileged to be surrounded by a diverse range of people, all with their own context and experiences, all different to our own. This is why we have such great opportunities to learn more about the interesting people that we share our schools, towns and country with. These opportunities not only help us grow ourselves, but help us to encourage and bless the diverse people around us as well.
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