BIBA’s Early Childhood Center held its annual International Day event. The focus for International Day was to create global citizens as our young students were able to learn about world cultures and new countries during the month of March. The variety of countries represented this year included the United States, Australia, India, South Africa, Belgium and Estonia.
It was exciting to see some of our teachers represent their home countries and give the children a more personal and heart-felt experience. The students were exposed to the language, culture, geography, and national landmarks of their country of study as well as indigenous animals. Guests from those countries also came and taught the students. These guests were none other than the diverse faculty of BIBA. Perhaps, the biggest surprise for the children was the ability of these teachers to not only speak in their native tongue but also in English and Chinese. One student quickly pointed out that the teachers looked different from them but spoke the same language. He was very excited.
This is exactly what we strive for when creating global citizens. What does that phrase mean really? At BIBA, it means learning, growing, changing, and continuously striving to understand other people and their ways of life. It means taking away the misunderstandings, the cultural mishaps, and the confusion so common across cultures. Our ECC faculty sees these students becoming world travelers. It is our duty to create curiosity in the students, to provoke questions and have enlightening moments like the student mentioned above.
We ask that all the parents continue helping their children to experience other countries and cultures. Let them explore. Let them experience the best of every nation and continent. This world has so much to offer our young people and it is our responsibility to guide the way.