Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: A Vibrant Experience at IBS
At IBS, we recently came together to celebrate the richness of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity on October 12th and 13th, an event that showcased and honoured the various cultures and languages within our community.
The Spanish and Foreign Languages Departments orchestrated a remarkable “Objects from around the World” exhibition, which served as a portal to explore the captivating cultures and traditions that our students bring with them from their home countries. As a captivating highlight, we were incredibly fortunate to receive a stunning collection of souvenir plates, recognized in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest, generously provided by the Kundins’ family. This exhibition was a delightful window into the colourful mosaic of global heritage.
In addition to this exhibition, a series of insightful conferences and workshops were thoughtfully organised, tailored for students from 6ème to 4ème. These sessions delved into intriguing topics such as “Does Language Affect Our Thinking?” and “How Do Languages Change and Evolve?” These engaging discussions expanded our horizons and left us pondering the profound role of language in shaping our world.
One of the most intriguing moments during this celebration was the exploration of the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, which vividly illustrates the concept of language diversity. Students embarked on a journey to reconstruct the Tower of Babel without the ability to communicate verbally. This exercise served as a reminder of the power and importance of language in our lives.
By nurturing a more inclusive and enriching learning environment for our students, we not only fostered academic growth but also planted the seeds of understanding and respect for one another’s differences. These values are undeniably crucial in the 21st century, where global interconnectedness and cooperation are prerequisites for success. Our celebration of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity was a reminder that unity in diversity is not just an ideal; it’s a living reality at IBS.