Our teacher Daisy will tell the story of the inquiry in the BEY2 class of WES kindergarten in three installments from her perspective…
I have read a story in my student hood and I still remember it.
An African American taxi driver was carrying a mother and her son with white skin. The child asked his mother, “why is the driver uncle’s skin different from ours?”
Mother smiled and replied, ”God made the world colorful by creating people in different colors.”
At the end of the journey, the African American driver insisted on not charging the mother and son.
“I asked my mother the same question when I was a child, but she said we were African American people and we were meant to be inferior,” he said. “If she had given me your answer, I might be another man today…”
This story has not only deeply influenced me for many years, but also inspired me in this Unit of Inquiry–How We Express ourselves, and how we respect others.
Our children learned that Cameroon is close to the equator, where the sun is very strong. The sunlight caused many people living there to develop a skin naturally rich in melanin which gives a darker skin color. This helps protect the body from harmful ultraviolet sunlight. So Emmanuel is very lucky to have inherited his father’s skin color.
Secondly, we made cartoon passports to enhance children’s comprehension on features of different countries. We made Cameroonian passports and Emmanuel awarded the passports to the students, who knew how to respect others.
The children who received the Cameroonian passports were very excited. Emmanuel was also very proud, and smiled with confidence.
To help our children to have a direct understanding of Cameroonian culture, we also invited Emmanuel’s father, a professional football player, to our school. He conducted a wonderful football course with our children.
During the football interaction, our children had a great time. Everyone admired Emmanuel’s father because of his football skills, and learned that Cameroon is called “the Lion of Africa” for its amazing football.
Wow, Emmanuel’s dad did a few somersaults! He’s a real superman!
After the inquiry of Cameroon, our children had a deeper understanding of Emmanuel’s skin color and the African culture. They learned to respect others, to treat everyone equally, and to accept the cultural and physical difference of their friends.
Now, our children don’t curious Emmanuel’s skin colour when they play together. Everyone accepts Emmanuel to be one of their friends, he is the same like others, and he has the right to choose his role.
We learnt : Even in a Game, We are Equal!
To explore a colorful world together, in this unit, along with Emmanuel’s father we also invited many teachers from different countries and regions to share their cultures and stories with our students.
More exciting class explorations will be presented next time.