Primary schools not up to scratch when teaching kids about different cultures

Primary schools not up to scratch when teaching kids about different cultures

Primary schools not up to scratch when teaching kids about different cultures

Even though there is a more diverse society in Britain than ever before, the new research that has been commissioned by Petra’s Planet reveals that more than 56% of parents who have children in primary school think that their kids are being educated enough about other cultures. Petra’s Planet in a virtual world that children can enter, explore and learn about the different cultures that exist in the UK today.

In general, pupils in primary school are taught about the different cultures as part of their Personal, Social and Health Education, or PSHE.

This independent research however, which was conducted by OnePoll, has revealed that more than half of all parents in the UK don’t think that the education regarding other cultures is up to scratch. 500 parents of children in UK primary schools responded to the survey from across the British Isles.

Why learn about culture?

There are a number of reasons why parents think it’s important for children to learn about culture. The most popular was tolerance (51%), closely followed by instilling an understanding of different cultures (49%). Interestingly, developing new friendships was also stated as important according to 41% of parents, with 34% of respondents stating that learning about different cultures exposes children to life enhancing experiences.

A staggering 96% of parents took a lateral approach to teaching their children about different cultures, using a variety of ways to instil a greater understanding and exposure to different foods, dress, cultures, religion, and language.

47% of parents believed foreign holidays were the best way of exposing their children to other cultures, and 29% took the more affordable option of eating in different types of restaurants, for example, Thai, Italian and Turkish. The Internet proved slightly more popular than books, 29% versus 28%.

Despite Britain’s ethnic diversity, only 17% of parents of primary school children saw integrating with people from different cultures as a way of teaching young children about different cultures.

However, 12% stated that visiting different cultural markets and festivals was one way they exposed their children to other cultures, with 9% researching specific celebrations from another country to enjoy with their children, for example, Chinese New Year and Diwali. Learning a language was only seen by 11% of parents as a way of helping youngsters learn about different cultures.

Eevamaria Halttunen, founder and creative director of Petra’s Planet is passionate about giving young children opportunities to explore and learn about different countries and cultures, she said: “Children love to learn about things that are different. They like to know how people live in other parts of the world, what they wear, what kinds of animals there are and how children play.”

She continued, “Petra’s Planet allows young children to explore different cultures in a safe and fascinating environment.

With four countries to choose from, including Sami land, Jordan, Sri Lanka and Senegal, players get the chance to learn about a whole host of different experiences, from visiting a souk in Jordan, camel racing in the desert, to nursing elephants in Sri Lanka and playing djembe drums in Senegal.

Children’s fascination is gained through a variety of games, quests and challenges – there are more than 80 in total – how offering children the chance to learn something useful while having great fun with their friends.”

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