martes, 20 de octubre de 2015

Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity

Welcome to our second Project of the year!

Last Monday 12 October was a national holiday in Argentina. We celebrated the Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity. Formerly, this holiday was named ‘Día de la Raza’ (Day of the Race’) commemorating the first encounters of Europe and Native Americans. It is a celebration of the diversity among native Americans and Europeans. It commemorates the date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. While the first voyage in 1492 was immensely significant, Columbus did not actually reach the American mainland until his 3rd voyage in 1498. Instead, while trying to find a sea route to India, he made landfall on an island in the Bahamas that he named San Salvador. He was also not the earliest European explorer to reach the Americas.
The day was first celebrated in Argentina in 1917. In 2010 the name of this holiday was changed to promote Indigenous peoples' historical reflection and intercultural dialogue.

As every year, our school organized the Week of Respect for Cultural Diversity, in which all the classes do research about a country. My 6th year students displayed their creativity to show what they learnt about France.

Here’s a photo of me taken by them as part of their exhibition.
Now it's time for you, dear students, to share your thoughts: What did you do for the exhibition? What did you enjoy the most? Did you take an interesting photo? What does it show?

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