Education is one of the most potent tools that can be used to promote multiculturalism. In appreciation for this fact, today’s blog post will focus on the specific type of educational program that can be used to promote genuine multiculturalism.
When trying to use education to promote multiculturalism, you have to start with a basic educational component, where you give the learners a thorough introduction to the concept of culture. It is easy to yap about things like ‘culture’ and ‘multiculturalism’ all day – yet, in fact, you are talking to folks who don’t even understand what exactly culture is.
Once the learners have a proper understanding of the general concept of culture, they need to be exposed to another educational component, where they are enlightened to appreciate their own cultures. This is an important element of education in multiculturalism because as you are likely to discover, some people actually have very little appreciation of the cultures they operate in. This is just the same way you may encounter someone who works for a company like Publix, yet he is unaware of the Publix.org website, as well as the employee portal login that is on the said site. In other words, people are generally ignorant, and they often have to be enlightened even on the most basic things. Most of the people who are so virulently against multiculturalism often turn out to be folks who lack a proper understanding of their own cultures and the historical backgrounds of those cultures.
Once the learners have the enlightenment to appreciate their own culture, they need to be exposed to yet another educational component: where they are enlightened to appreciate other cultures. This, then is what would give rise to genuine multiculturalism which, as we saw in our last blog post, can often turn out to be the most effective antidote to xenophobia and other similar vices.