Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam-The world is one family, goes an ancient Sanskrit saying. This is especially true in these times of social and religious strife. In this age of interdependence it is important for a child to understand and appreciate cultures different from his own. This promotes respect and tolerance in a child for people of different religious and cultural denominations.
The beauty of India lies in its diversity. This is a country that has people of all religious affiliations and more than a hundred languages. Moreover, today, we are living in a globalized world where it has become important for young students to engage in multi-cultural initiatives and learn about alien cultures. One of Dehradun’s best schools, TIS promotes a multicultural curriculum for several reasons as cited by Keith Wilson:
- It provides alternative points of view relative to information already taught in most educational systems.
- It promotes inclusiveness by providing ethnic minorities with a sense of being considered as playing a role in history, science, etc.
- It decreases stereotypes, prejudice and racism across the world.