Book aimed at friendly di­ver­sity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

TO celebrate Na­tional Chil­dren’s Book Week, the City of Bel­mont launched Mul­ti­cul­tural Me last week.

Writ­ten by Taku Scrut­ton, it is an eight­verse poem de­signed to start con­ver­sa­tions amongst young peo­ple about who they are, what their dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds are and how they can be­come friends.

City of Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks said the City was pleased to host the launch for school stu­dents as the book would fa­cil­i­tate cul­tural un­der­stand­ing and re­spect in the com­mu­nity.

Ms Scrut­ton said her new il­lus­trated book would teach chil­dren how to celebrate cul­tural di­ver­sity and friend­ship.

“I be­lieve friend­ship and re­spect should be dis­cussed with chil­dren from an early age to com­bat racism and dis­crim­i­na­tion later in life. I hope Mul­ti­cul­tural Me en­cour­ages our teach­ers, par­ents and lead­ers to do so in a fun and colour­ful way,” she said.

Teach­ers, youth or­gan­i­sa­tions and par­ents are en­cour­aged to use the book to fa­cil­i­tate cul­tural un­der­stand­ing and re­spect in schools, homes and com­mu­ni­ties.

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