Aga Khan Nursery School, Kisumu celebrates cultural diversity in style
The Aga Khan Nursery School, Kisumu held its annual cultural day celebrations on the 25 July the school's sports grounds. This year's festivities aligned with the Pre-primary 1 class’s term 2 theme on how celebrations and traditions are ways to express our cultures.
Students, staff and teachers dressed in traditional attire to appreciate local and international cultures. Traditional foods and artefacts were also displayed as teaching aids to supplement the day's learning.
Additionally, each parent dressed up as a different culture aside from their own and prepared a cultural dish to share with those in attendance. Parents and teachers also took part in skits and traditional rituals, which were met with enthusiasm and joy from the students and guests at the event.
The event was intended to teach young students the importance of developing a secure and positive sense of identity. Celebrating our differences and our common interests helps to unite us, as well as to understand others' perspectives and broaden our own.
To prepare for the event, each class was tasked with identifying a local and international culture. From this, the teacher and class parent committee representative took time to research, teach and guide the students about the culture of their choice. They practised songs and dances with their parents, peers and teachers in preparation for the day.
“What a pleasantly amazing performance showcasing various local and international cultures by the Play Group, Nursery, Pre-primary 1 and Pre-primary 2 classes, and so awesomely refreshing to see the pupils happy and having fun while at it,” said Oluoch Madiang, a celebrated author for children’s books. “The traditional food was yummy, especially ‘nyuk kal e agwata’. A big shout out to the parents for the investment and time, and for putting equally scintillating cultural performances that were quite hilarious to the kids. Benter Bolo, the head teacher, and her staff are doing a great job of nurturing the kids.”
Photos (top to bottom):
- Students dressed in various cultural attires
- Fathers adorned in traditional clothing
- Parents preparing to cook together
- Students in sisal skirts