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Nations on display as YCIS hosts 6th annual Global Child Day

THIS month, approximately 1,100 students, parents, teachers and staff came to school on a Saturday to celebrate our 6th annual "Global Child Day." The event was organized and run by Parents Organization Pudong, and parents of all nationalities set up national booths where lots of different activities were organized to educate visitors about each country.

Each year, the theme of this event changes, and this year's theme was "The way things used to be." Everyone was invited to wear his or her country's traditional clothing. Organizers ran booths that showed neat things about cultures before modern times. Some countries explained about the environment before pollution, some organized old-fashioned games, some showcased native cultures, some even taught us how to weave shoes out of straw!

This year's parent organizer, Tess Robinson, coordinated a team of 30 people to manage the different parts of the event. The parents produced a "passport" with a page written by each participating country to teach children about each offered activity. Kids could get their passports clipped by participating in booth activities.

The day's activities also included a national dress and flag parade, performances ranging from music, song and dance to puppet shows, and a global food hall with free food from 32 countries and regions. Robinson believes that the purpose of Global Child Day is to "build community and bridges between people of different cultures, by celebrating our similarities and educating each other about our differences."

All the visitors truly seemed to have enjoyed the event. The arts and crafts games and other activities helped build a sense of global awareness while also being a lot of fun. Even the secondary school students, many of whom worked as volunteers at different booths, enjoyed the event and thought of it as a complete success.

Article by Spencer, Year 8 student of YCIS Shanghai


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