Intercultural education is a synthesis of the learning from multicultural and anti-racist education approaches that were commonly used internationally from the 1960s to the 1990s. Its aims are: -foster conditions conducive to pluralism in society. -raise children’s awareness of their own culture -develop respect for life-styles different from their own so that children can understand and appreciate each other. -foster a commitment to equality. -enable children to make informed choices about, and take action on, issues of prejudice and discrimination. -appreciate and value similarities and differences enable all children to speak for themselves and articulate their cultures and histories.
Multiculturalism is part of a larger human-rights revolution involving ethnic and racial diversity. This term is sometimes used to describe a society in which different cultures live side by side without much interaction. Multiculturalism is characterized as a feel-good celebration of ethnos cultural diversity, encouraging citizens to acknowledge and embrace the panoply of customs, traditions, music, and cuisine that exist in a multiethnic society.
All classes are mixed ability classes.‘The learners have different linguistic abilities but for different reasons. They have a range of non-linguistic skills so have to be dragged in. Some students will travel right to the top of the building, some may stop at the third floor and some may only reach the first floor, but everyone will have travelled somewhere successfully. At the end of a class, every student can leave the room feeling that they have been challenged and that they have achieved something. (Rose, Jim; Mixed ability an Inclusive Classroon)