“We are all alike, we are all different…..”
Being born and raised up in Indonesia, a country rich in cultural diversity, that consists more than 13.000 islands, more than 300 of distinct natives, linguistic groups, …..many different religions practiced,
….being a ‘global nomad’-living as the expatriate for more than a decade until now with my family as well as visiting many countries around the world….
All of the experiences were really shaping me to be who I am today-and brings my deepest interest to understand and learn more about diversity around me.
When I learn more about Anti-Bias Education, I feel like I find what I am longing for: the answer to my questions to understand diversities around me
deeper and wider…beyond what my eyes can see…
Diversity is not just about the different nationalities, different traditional outfits, different taste of food, different ceremonies, different race, languages, skin color….
Understanding diversity is beyond all of these things that we could say as a ‘tourist curriculum”… it is included something that we cannot see such as the children and their families’ different culture, custom, believe, bias and prejudice toward the other people who are very different than they are.
I believe that my knowledge about anti bias education as well as my experience as a preschool teacher has added deeper understanding to treat the children around me in a better way to understand the diversity around them.It gives me such a wonderful insight, perspectives and experience to fulfill my role as a parent for my two young children as well.
I have a wish…
That as an adult, I can be an active guide to the children’s thinking about diversity, and guide them in a accurate way to understand about people who are different from themselves. So every child, no matter who they are and their condition would be able to say that
“We are all alike, we are all different… and it is amazing!”
I have a hope….
That someday every child in the world would be able to feel proud of themselves and their families, to respect human differences, to recognize bias as well as speak up for what is right….
Last but not least,…
I would like to thank to Dr. Janet Kien for her wonderful guidance and encouragement for my study in this course… and of course I would like to thank to all of my fellow classmates:
Amber Wilson, Dotsy Roberts, Jessica Caputo, Jelena Subotic, Marquis Wright, Mellisa Fowlkes, Mellisa Gentry, Shelda Millien, Tracy Zarieff and Whitney Drew.
for a valuable sharing, discussion, knowledge and encouragement along in my journey understanding the anti-bias education… Hopefully from now on we can built such a wonderful network to hand in hand together to make a difference in children’s life around us with our knowledge.
Each of us may follow our own unique path to make a difference in children’s life…. but we are all in the same journey…
Until we meet again, my friends…
My warmest regards from the Heart of Borneo, Brunei Darussalam
To you all!