I am not sure where you live in this big world. Do you live in a city, town or village? Do you go to school with kids with different skin colours and who wear different clothes to you? The word “diversity” means that people are different! We can become friends with people different from us. It is a great way to become kind and mature.
Human are Meant to Be Different
As soon as we are born, we have a different set of finger prints to everyone else in the world. We start our lives being different from family members and the kids that we sit or play with in school.
Zebras Have Different Stripes
Like human finger prints, no two zebras have the same stripes.A zebra’s stripes act like an equine (horse) fingerprint – each individual’s pattern is unique. Foals recognise their mothers by the pattern of their stripes, as well as by scent and call.
Kids Often Have Choices
Just as you had no choice in getting a different set of finger prints to everyone else, so you are different to other people. They are different to you.
Imagine this! At this very moment, there are babies being born throughout the world. Some will have a different skin colour than you. Some babies will be born into families with different religions: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Seik etc. They don’t have a choice of either their skin colour or their religion.
Clothing: It’s Different Throughout the World.
Birds, flowers and animals have clothing on their bodies. It can be soft petals of flowers, or bright feathers or colourful fur. The world is a place of great beauty and differences. How boring it would be if all birds were just black and white. People in different countries wear different clothes.
Sometimes, a particular religion may ask its members to dress a certain way. Everyone is proud of the clothes they wear or they should be!
Differences are a Chance to Learn New Things
If we all dressed the same and eat the same food, life would not be as exciting. Already we eat different foods:
Chinese food, Indian food, Middle Eastern Food, Irish Stew, French pastries, Italian spaghetti and pizza. This is just a few foods that people different than your culture have introduced to the world.
School for Everyone
Every country in the world sends kids to school. This is one of the biggest things that we have in common. Does it matter that a student has a different skin colour, speaks a different language at home or eats different food from you?
Most students want to go to school in order to have skills that will get them a good job for the rest of their lives. School is a great place to ask questions and to learn about different cultures. No culture is better than another. If the Romans had stayed home and not visited places like Israel (then Palestine) they would never have brought the bread/crust/base for pizza.
They simply added ingredients to it. If explorers like Marco Polo had never visited China, we would not have fireworks or Chinese food.
Learn Respect for All Cultures
You may have a different religion or wear different clothes at school, but respect must be given to differences. There is so much to learn from people who are different. You may not agree with everything they say or do, but it is their beliefs and respect is very important to them.
Respect for others is a sign that you are growing up in a mature way. Just imagine if you went to live in another country, kids would be questioning what religion you have, and why you do the way you do. Be kind.