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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, also known as Diversity Day, is celebrated on May 21 every year. This is a day that recognizes and celebrates the cultures throughout the world and each of their unique roles in the ongoing quest for peace, development, and sustainability.

According to the United Nations, three-quarters of the conflict in the World has a cultural dimension to them as people tend to favor what they are used to as opposed to accepting or tolerating something foreign.

Since 2010, the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) has funded more than 140 cultural and creative projects in over 69 developing countries.

 

We can all do something to raise awareness, as teachers, parents, and open-minded individuals.
Here are some great activities to promote curiosity, creativity and respect:

– Visit a cultural event, festival or museum

– Meet up with people from other countries

– Share your own culture with others

– Support a local organisation

– Read one of the following beautiful books we have selected for you!

 

Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger: Social Emotional Book for Kids about Diversity and Kindness 

A great picture book about diversity to teach your child to accept himself and others as they are. It will help your little ones to respect all the differences that make us unique. 

Reading Age: 2 – 11 years old

Our Diversity makes us stronger

 

All People Are Beautiful

An important book for early readers that highlights the beauty of our differences. All people are beautiful. All cultures are beautiful. All languages are beautiful. Celebrating our differences is beautiful.

Reading Age: 4 – 8 years old

All people are beautiful

 

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You

Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful.
In Just Ask, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have.

Reading Age: 4 – 8 years old

Just Ask Be Brave Be You

Do You Speak Fish?: A Sweet Story about Cross-Cultural Communication and Connection

When a boy comes across a fish and says hello, the fish does not respond. The boy is shocked. What a rude fish! But soon he realizes that it isn’t up to the fish to speak Boy. Rather, if he wants to communicate, it’s up to the boy to take the time to learn how to speak Fish.

Reading Age: 4 – 8 years old

I Am Whole: A Multi-Racial Children’s Book Celebrating Diversity, Language, Race and Culture

I Am Whole is a delightful picture book to celebrate children of mixed backgrounds and cultures. Written with love to embrace the differences that come with being multi-racial, including language, family and cultural traditions.

Reading Age: 4 – 8 years old