Do you know how are your children view the world? Full of hope, peace or disappointment?
There was a children’s map competition held by International Cartographic Association’s (ICA) in 2015. The theme of the contest was “My Place in Today’s World” for the kids who ages between 5 and 15 from all over the world.
The range of styles, themes, and skills of the picture is really impressive and captivating as if a masterpiece. Most of the children drew the states and the national flags of the world and sticks together. Some of them drew their culture above the map. For example, a child from China drew the picture with Koies, Lotus leaves, and flowers, which is full of Chinoiserie. Some of them even drew the pigeons and symbols which represent peace.
It is not hard to find that children love to bring the world together, show their culture and strive for peace. We could make use of this opportunity to share cultural diversity to them so as to increase their knowledge of various culture in the world.
A master speaker and motivator, Jim Rohn, said that children are full of curiosity. They love exploring and discovering all the things around them. Take ants as an example. Kids are studying them while adults are stepping on ants. Kids get excited about life in general. They see everything with fresh eyes, knowing they will find something new and different every time they look.
Besides, there are lots of opinions supported that kids should be cultivated the knowledge of cultural diversity when they are small. Schools have taught students about culture through making national desserts and enjoying all of the sweet tastes. Ning Pan, an ABC journalist explains the benefits of multi-cultural marriages. Sunil Badami, an Indian married an Anglo-Australian, felts his daughters would be benefited from the multicultural environment they are growing up in. He loves the fact his children don’t just have one culture to choose from as well. Apart from that, a research conducted by Kids Matter, a mental health institution in Australia, also shown that children in multicultural families develop a sense of who they are and where they are very young.
There is no doubt that many people have the opportunity to promote the importance of learning about different cultures. Our Joko’s World apps use game-based learning to do this. We provide instrument apps like tambourine, balafon, and flute for kids to learn the culture through music. We have an app for kids to learn how people celebrate their festival and make a huge mess! Last but not least, we have Pocket Planet, an app for children to familiar with the countries and landmarks around the world by matching.
Let’s start to encourage and inspire our kids to get more in touch with various cultures and lead them to find their passion to explore, discover and grow. We know they will love it.