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The Prospect Primary School choir singing Sandi Pattie's Love in Any Language during a special assembly commemorating United Nations Day.

Published 2nd November 2010, 6:27pm

Prospect Primary School students ended the first six weeks of the 2010-2011 school year with an enthusiastic celebration of culture and diversity.

Treating parents and loved ones to songs and poetry in different languages and donning native costumes from countries as far away as Japan and Ghana, the students put on an entertaining and educational show at a special school assembly.

All that merriment was part of the school's effort to observe United Nations Day, officially observed on 24 October.

"As an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school, it's important that our students develop international awareness. It helps them learn tolerance for people and cultures that are unlike their own," Prospect Primary Principal Gloria Pollard explained. "It also enhances their sense of international responsibility."

Linking the celebration to their promotion of breast cancer awareness, students also presented a $400 donation to the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens.

The money had been raised earlier on a dress-pink day when both students and staff walked laps around the school's playfield.

And just a few miles west of Prospect Primary, Red Bay Primary School students also engaged in their own diversity celebration.

Students, who'd spent the first weeks of the school year learning about the family in different cultures, got an opportunity to personally experience customs in a class-selected country. S

ome children, like those in Layla Scott's Year 1 class, observed the customs of a Chinese family for a day. In addition to wearing traditional Chinese clothing, they assumed the roles of specific family members and ended their day with a meal of vegetable lo mein and fried rice.

United Nations Day is devoted to highlighting the aims and achievements of the parent organisation. This year the focus was on the eight UN Millennium Development Goals. The celebration followed the high-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly at which a global action plan to achieve the eight goals by 2015 was adopted.

During his UN Day address, United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon noted, "UN Day is a day on which we resolve to do more.

"More to protect those caught up in armed conflict, to fight climate change and avert nuclear catastrophe; more to expand opportunities for women and girls, and to combat injustice and impunity; more to meet the Millennium Development Goals."

Visit www.UN.org for more on UN activities and its development goals. (GIS)