Aug 182017

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To Learn: Kids Question Skin Colour and Clothes Differences


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

All finger prints are 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

No zebra has the same stripes as another – diversity in nature

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.

All nationalities need to havefriends and people whounderstand them.

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.

Co-exist means to live together in peace

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.

Aug 182017

ROUNDUP-7-articleLargeWhen people think of New Zealand, they may think of a land of sheep and the beautiful scenery that was the background to “Lord of the Rings.”  Others may praise New Zealand as the first country to give women the vote and gays and lesbians are waiting with positive expectation of equality of marriage as being a upcoming reality.

Now, let me introduce you to another wonder- the lesbian sisters comedy act named after them – The Topp Twins.  Their names are Jools and Lynda and their surname is Topp.

New Zealanders have enjoyed their country music-singing comedy act for over twenty-five years.  Their creation of iconic Kiwi characters were so successful that they were given their own television show.

In April 2009, their feature film UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS was released.  After just four weeks at the box office, it made over one million dollars.  Their success prior to 2009 was the release of musical albums:  Flowergirls and cowgirls, Grass Highway and Two Timing.  They sing a combination of country-folk music flavoured and mixed with comedy and yodeling.

Joles and Lynda are openly lesbian and have fun playing male roles as “Ken and Ken.”

They are often on tour – so go to the internet and look at their itinerary.  You might also like to visit their web page and purchase their film or albums/cds.  They are the Topps!