International Cultural Fair
The main aim of this project was to create a cultural exhibition of different countries and show it to the entire school community; a proposal that promotes a positive and enriching vision towards the cultural diversity within the institution, and one that can be replicated at a macro level (country).
In this initiative, students from Spanish, German, English and Arts contributed with a cultural grain to this international fair. Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Perú, Spain, Mexico, Germany, Austria, U.S.A. and England were leading this project from their corresponding Modern Language subjects, thanks to 7th and 6th graders that showed various cultural aspects of each country such as traditional dishes, dances, games, sports, and also their geography.
Why culture is important at IES Länna
To Mr. Ulloa, who ran this project, culture has to do with a set of identity manifestations of a certain sector or social context. It has a lot to do with identity. To express oneself is a need that makes us and helps us to identify ourselves, to differentiate ourselves and is a responsibility towards others, which was one of the aims of this initiative.
He also explains that the way we perceive things is largely affected by prejudice, attitude and emotions, factors closely related to culture. By labeling something as good or bad, our preconceived ideas play a basic role. When we judge something as easy or difficult, the attitude and level of motivation we have are key. The culture to which we belong determines the structure of our thinking, which influences our perceptions; it gives us an identity and helps us to shape character. The shared values through the community or social group in which we are, give us a sense of belonging. Culture unites us and gives us a sense of personal safety.
The language we speak, art, literature and heritage that we are proud of, gastronomy, festivals, customs and traditions, together form our culture, become a part of daily life and influence us in many ways . The importance of culture can not be emphasized enough, since it is something that is within us, surrounds us, and is an integral part of our being. It defines the way we treat others and ourselves.
As a matter of fact, in almost all aspects of life it is important to recognize cultural differences. As a result of the migration of families here in Sweden, we live today in a multicultural society. Those who live around us, those who we live and work with every day, have different roots because they come from other parts of the world, therefore their formation, beliefs and values are different from ours. Knowledge of our own culture and the one that comes from others helps us to accept our differences; studying them broadens our vision of the world, learning to appreciate and respect others. Isn’t that the first value of our school?
Culture is a phenomenon common to all human beings since each of us, by living in society, we learn what is transmitted to us by previous generations and with that knowledge we can eventually contribute to the culture to continue growing and surviving.
“I truly appreciate the team work among all the subjects involved in this project and I really hope that, after this initiative, each of our students at IES Länna, understood the importance of the concept of culture and feels represented by their traditions, ways of thinking and ways of acting that are part of their society or the social group in which they develop their daily life and that give them an idea of belonging”, Mr. Ulloa concluded.