Many superstitions are centuries old and are ingrained in our culture. Over the years, people have developed certain superstitions and rituals for many reasons. Different thoughts and beliefs may vary or be similar from culture to culture. CultureAll will be presenting a seven-week program exploring these concepts from January 10th through February 21st for students at Metro West Learning Academy.
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Metro West is an alternative high school program shared by six school districts: Adel, Dallas Center-Grimes, Johnston, Saydel, Urbandale, and Waukee. The Academy has a student-centered learning environment in which students’ personal interests determine which topics they explore and which projects they complete. Metro West teachers act as advisors who help facilitate the learning process. The staff is committed to creating positive change for students leading to social, emotional, and academic success for students’ high school graduation and beyond.
The first workshop on January 10th was introduced and presented by CultureALL Ambassador Mamta Israni. She discussed and invited students to simulate superstitions and rituals involved in Indian culture relating to birth, weddings, death and everyday life. The students will then brainstorm some of the common superstitions in popular culture today. They will examine these each week and see how they relate to or differ from the cultures they learn about over the next several weeks. These will include Kenyan, Jewish, Chinese, Mexican, and Bosnian culture.
The final session will be an opportunity for students to consider their own unique family superstitions and rituals. Guided by Mamta Israni, students on that day will bring an object or story representing something they believe or practice. Selecting these objects or stories will heighten the students’ awareness of the significance and value of their own cultural heritage and personal life experiences. As they share these with their classmates and listen to each other’s experiences, they will shift perspectives and appreciate the diversity that exists in their own school and in the broader community preparing them to live a successful, world-wise life beyond graduation.
Interested in Booking This Program?
As this seven-week program was developed specifically for Metro West, you won’t yet find it in the workshops section of our website. If you are interested in booking a program on Superstitions & Rituals for your school, community group, or company diversity event, we’d be happy to work with you in tailoring a program that works for your audience. To get started, fill out our Contact form, or call our Program Director Stacey Kimberlin at 515-273-8569 ext. 1.