If I were manifesto-writing type I could state all of the reasons why I believe it’s important to explore and understand things that are different from us, but there are plenty of researchers who are doing that already.
Plus, I want How In The World to be a place where the reality of everyday lives is front and center, not data and think pieces.
Reams of data and high-brow long form articles don’t give us the tools to have the day-to-day interactions with other people that strengthen diverse communities.
And they certainly don’t provide insights in a way that a child can understand why learning about others is important.
What Do You Mean By “Empower Cultural Literacy”?
I define “empower cultural literacy” as giving people the information, tools, and resources to gain a deeper understanding of people, languages, and traditions different from their own.
My hope is that through exposure and education, children of all ages will see the beauty in both the similarities and the differences we share regardless of where we live or how we identify culturally.
Why We Should Empower Cultural Literacy
When we learn even the simplest of things about cultures and places different from ours, we become that much more connected. When we see that our lives have very similar daily activities with slightly different approaches, we learn to be more accepting.
I want children to see a person’s humanity first and foremost. With humanity as our foundation, we can then start delving into all the wonderful things we gain when we experience different cultures, places, and approaches to everyday life.
This deeper understanding will enrich and empower children to make choices from a place of inclusion instead of treating the unfamiliar as the “other”.
What You Can Expect From How In The World
The goal of How In The World is to focus on daily-life stories, diverse books, and introductions to traditions and languages from around the world. More specifically, this will include book recommendations, mini language tutorials, travel tips, DIY crafts, and features of people and places you should know.
So grab your passport and let’s go!