Holding hands to celebrate diversity
Mangapapa School has joined others around the country to make colourful paper dolls holding hands as part of the Christchurch-inspired Paper Doll Project.
The idea was created by Bay of Plenty siblings Daniel and Emily Barback.
“We want to create a long, long line of paper dolls that show kids of all different cultures together holding hands,” said Emily, 8.
They want Kiwi kids to show the world “their New Zealand”.
The idea made it on to the Education Central website, where it has been picked up around the country.
Mangapapa School principal Paul Sadler said their school held a special assembly yesterday morning to speak to their learners about what happened in Christchurch.
“It’s important that they know what’s going on but also that we protect their childhood innocence. We talked briefly, yet respectfully, around the loss of life, however, we talked more about and focused more on celebrating differences and diversity,” said Mr Sadler.
“I talked about how this incident came about because of one person’s limited understanding and appreciation of ‘difference’.
“We talked about celebrating difference, not being scared of it.”
The paper dolls created by learners at Mangapapa School will be sent to Te Puke, where they will be joined up with others from around New Zealand.
“It would be cool if we could make the longest paper doll chain ever,” said Daniel, 10.
The siblings attend Tahatai Coast School in Papamoa.
Daniel said he hoped schools, pre-schools and families around New Zealand, and maybe even other countries, would join in The Paper Doll Project as a way of demonstrating inclusion and acceptance of all cultures.
The world record paper doll chain stands at over four kilometres long but the siblings are optimistic.
“We’ve got to start somewhere,” said Emily.