The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.
Wade Davis, anthropologist
This week, in addition to our Remembrance Day memorials, we have been learning about another event that holds special significance to our community, Diwali. Diwali is called the festival of lights, and is celebrated to honour Rama-Chandra. It is an important, global celebration, and is a significant festival of observation for over 1 billion people. But what does it mean to our students Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi?
Looking at different cultures is an important part of our programme, and helps to shape children’s knowledge and understanding of the world. By diving into experiences about people and communities, we help our children to value the identity of their own community by being proud of who they are, and also to understand that there are lots of diverse communities who are different to us. This is the first step towards becoming a global citizen, and helps children to weave a rich tapestry of cultural capital.
We would like to send our wishes to all those in our community and around the world who are celebrating Diwali this week.