Primary school pupils learn of foreign customs and cultures
Monday 23rd January 2012
Primary school pupils from Hungary, Lithuania, Peru and Pakistan, who attend Tillicoultry and Alva Primary Schools, have been giving presentations to classmates on their customs and cultures at two multi-cultural afternoons, organised by second language teacher, Patrycja Butkowska.
Ms Butkowska, who also gave a talk on her homeland, Poland, arranged both events to tie in with 'Scotland Week' during which pupils celebrated Scottish culture. The 10 pupils from the four countries were joined by their parents to describe national costumes, offer food tastings and display traditional artefacts and posters.
With a big focus on Scotland Week, during which Alva Primary School also held their annual Burns Supper, the schools had been keen to provide an opportunity for those who don't come from Scotland to share their customs.
Councillor Mark English, Inclusion portfolio holder, said: "The schools already look at global citizenship, but this is the first time they have narrowed it down to look at the customs and cultures of these individual countries. It is important for children who come to Scotland from other countries to keep their cultures alive. Involving their parents also reinforces the message that parents also have a role to play in the school life."