Why is it Important for Children to Learn about Diversity? 

24/04/2023

Learning about diversity can help us develop further respect for the differences among people. It can also help us appreciate different cultures, beliefs and traditions. This leads to greater harmony and collaboration, which can help us advance our common goals. 

Why is it important for children to learn about diversity? 

For our children, it’s good that we help them develop that respect and appreciation at an early age. This can help them better get along with other children and perhaps develop an interest in other kids’ background and culture. With this interest and appreciation, our children would be able to expand their perspective and develop a healthy outlook about other people. 

For our children to respect and appreciate diversity, relevant activities both at home and at the early learning centre are important. For example, here at WillowBee Early Learning Centre, recently we celebrated Harmony Week. With children, we commemorated inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. WillowBee children performed art activities with a theme on social cohesion and racial harmony. One such activity is when they placed their painted hands on a canvas. Those different hands in that one place tell them that people are connected despite the differences. 

Expanding their perspective 

Learning about diversity can also help young children expand their perspective. They will start to know that there’s always more out there, and that major and minor differences are to be expected. They will be more open to other people’s ideas and activities. Young children will also start to realise that they don’t have to form an impression and judgment on others based on their appearances. They will know that everyone’s connected with one another and that differences will always be there. 

In other words, children will have a stronger sense of belonging. With this, children can better connect and communicate with others. With their open stance and perspective, they can further develop empathy and better collaborate with other during playtime. This will make playtime a lot more fun which can prevent social isolation and instead further encourage active play and collaboration.