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
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.