Last Saturday, the school held a major event that we were all looking forward to: International Day. This is the time in which the entire school community comes together not only to celebrate our cultural diversity, but also to take pride in being global citizens of the world.
Having been an international student in Raha International School for many years, I always enjoyed the learning experience this event had to offer, as it exposed me to the wide array of nationalities within our community - most of which I don’t normally notice! When I look back at my first year at Raha, I was both excited and daunted by this new environment that I had difficulty adapting to. However, daily interactions with other international students have helped me open my mind to the wondrous world we live in.
One of my favorite things about International Day is how it stimulates many conversations about our origins, and different lifestyles. In one way or another, the observation of this event has helped us develop an appreciation for other cultures, as well as how to embrace each other’s traditional values.
What makes this year’s International Day even more significant is the increasing number of nationalities within our school. The active engagement of parents and staff in the Global Village was of great educational value, as we were able to explore the food, clothing, languages, and even the social values of each country.
Above all, regardless of our cultural differences, this event has managed to gather people from all round the globe for one purpose: to celebrate being part of a diverse, multicultural community.