The children enjoyed this afternoon very much: they were really very excited and happy to meet the foreign students and asked them many questions.
This experience was emotionally powerful and helped the children to think about prejudices and sterotypes and to try to overcome them.
Intercultura is looking for hosting families for the next school year: have a look at their site http://www.intercultura.it/Homepage/ - having a brother or sister coming from the other side of the world is bound to be an exciting experience for your children!
And don't worry about your house: if Ian, from Guatemala, put up with living in my witch's cavern, your house will surely be OK!
This week we talked about slavery in America and about the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution for the abolition of slavery, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1865; we watched this video and listened to the spiritual "Freedom":
"We shall overcome!"
President Lyndon Johnson (1965)
Then we talked about racial discrimination and Martin Luther King, about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex or national origin and we watched this video:
“…all men are created equal.”
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of
Martin Luther King (1963)
We discussed a lot about these topics and some of you want to read books and watch films about them now! I'm glad you're interested in this subject.