Teaching children to respect and appreciate diversity.
Being successful in a multicultural environment..whether it is school or a future workplace…is about more than just tolerance. Truly embracing diversity and what people from different cultures,, lifestyles, and viewpoints bring to the table is the recipe for success in today’s connected world.
Planting the seeds of mutual appreciation – beyond mere tolerance- makes any group stronger. The diverse collection of experiences and viewpoints should ensure a solution to fit nearly every problem that might arise, if all of those in the group truly listen to each other and feel heard sharing ideas.
How do you teach this to children. It comes down to the basics of empathy – considering the other person’s feelings – and civility – considering the effects of your actions on others. These lessons, once taught will hold your child in good stead from the kindergarten room right up to the boardroom !