On Wednesday, 9th March 2016, we had a lovely time at Rathfern Primary School in South East London. We were invited to talk about our books and experiences in global literature. They have a very wise scheme about Global Learning to familiarise pupils with the ideas of interdependence, development, globalisation and sustainability. For this purpose, we selected four of our titles:
- When I Coloured in the World. Although this book has a simple text and story, it contains a profound meaning, advocating values such as peace, freedom, and prosperity.
- Tahmineh’s Beautiful Bird. This book tells a wonderful story about a nomadic tribe in West Iran. Its aim is to introduce a different culture and life style.
- The Parrot and the Merchant. This story is based on a marvelous fable by Rumi. Rumi is a very well-known poet from 13th century. The moral of the story is to value freedom.
- The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock. This book is also based on a beautiful fable by Rumi. It focuses on identity and the importance of being true to one’s nature instead of imitating others.
All in all, we admire the programme. We think it is vital that in a more globalised era, our children get to appreciate the importance of diversity, multiculturalism, and understanding more people around them. Our special thanks to Naheeda, the head teacher of Rathfern School and her colleagues for this programme.
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