How to Teach Children Inclusivity
Around the world, children are excluded from schools where they belong because of disability, race, language, religion, gender, and poverty.
But every child has the right to be supported by their parents and community to grow, learn, and develop in the early years, and, upon reaching school age, to go to school and be welcomed and included by teachers and peers alike. When all children, regardless of their differences, are educated together, everyone benefits—this is the cornerstone of inclusive education.
The centric objective of inclusive education is to bring diverse students together and make them learn side ny side. Today, a child who can’t speak English properly, is slower than a normal one should be is likely to be excluded from the groups in the classroom. There is not much to blame here, children tend to feel alienated when they find absolutely no one to relate to, it’s only human nature.
There are so many sensitive topics – death, racism, homophobia, misogyny, that parents don’t discuss with their kids, never tell them that there are such horrible terms that exist in the world. They’re never told that hate is not the option, that it’s okay to be different, instead, they’re supposed to fit into the standards of an ideal society. If they’re slow, antisocial, different, uninformed, poor, they’re left out. The children of out generation should be taught that the only thing that matters about a person is their kindness, their behaviour. It doesn’t matter what the colour of their skin is, it doesn’t matter what the financial status of their family is and it does not matter what clothes they wear or what God they worship. Teaching your kids to stay away from someone on the sole basis of what they cannot control is the worst form of parenting to exist. In school, children should have special classes for including classmates that might seem different to them, but are not. Education requires meeting new people and understanding them, not staying in your comfort zone with the people only you seem to prefer.
By Shilpa Lal (PRT, DPSG)