San Pedro R.C. School Celebrates Cultural Day

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 12            March 23, 2006

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Students displayed their knowledge through their depiction of the different ethnicities that can be found in the melting pot that is Belize.

On Friday, March 17th, the San Pedro Roman Catholic School held a culture day at the school campus. The Cultural Day was a worthwhile experience for everyone involved. It provided a way for students to experience cultural exchanges and appreciate the different ethnicities in our country. Besides expanding the students’ knowledge of other cultures, the day provided an excellent opportunity to involve parents and the community with the schools.

   The goal of a Cultural Day was for all students to appreciate their own cultures and heritages, as well as to understand and accept the preferences of others. The children were all attired in full Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna, Creole and East Indian clothing and definitely put a smile on people’s faces. It was a step in helping elementary students develop multi-cultural awareness. By providing positive experiences and role models, the school can create a climate which will help students resist prejudice and stereotyping. Positively presenting different cultural activities can help prevent the promoting of only one outlook and lifestyle.

   At the schools campus, the children had set up their own stalls which depicted the diverse cultures of Belize. The stalls were adorned with the instruments, food and clothing of the specific ethnic group, the children were productive as they gave a brief explanation of the ethnic group they represented and more.

   Classes were assigned a task to choose the preferred ethnicity and perform on a live stage in front of the school body, parents and media houses. The days activities then culminated with several dance performances that depicted the cultures lifestyle and way of being. Several performances by the garifuna dancers, the Mestizo group and many more entertained the crowd. A fruitful and productive day was enjoyed not only by the school children, but also by the many parents that were involved and everyone else that visited the school.
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