By directly exploring other cultures/belief systems children:
experience and appreciate the rich diversity of ways of thinking, eating, dancing,
living, being, that are in the world.
make deeper connections of respect, empathy and sustainable
relationship not only with others but themselves.
develop a healthy curiosity
and a lively interest in the unfamiliar rather than fear and prejudice of it.
By being fun, stimulating and open-ended, Open Learning workshops can:
enrich and supplement the curriculum-driven learning
deliver direct experiences enabling individualised transformation and breakthroughs of understanding
encourage children to think independently and deeply about the 'big questions' and relevance
of these questions to every-day life-choices
nurture creativity and individuality,
encouraging character development, self-awareness and self-esteem
go wherever each unique group
of children's curiosity takes them. I have had discussions of Hinduism, led by the children's questions,
incorporate topics from Ecology to Multi-Lingualism to Quantum