Culture with Shoonya

How do you teach love and compassion in a time of so much animosity?

Perhaps the statement above is true, but perhaps that’s not what our children need to hear. Our job, as educators, as parents and as citizens of this nation is to teach our children is how to spread love and compassion.

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Karina Ochoa Manzo
Edutainment + diversity

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” Maya Angelou

The question is, how? How do we engage the new generation of global citizens in a world surrounded by distractions and media. An interesting concept is to use the media as a portal to education and diversity, better known as, edutainment or the marriage between education and entertainment usually to target an audience of younger children. The purpose of Shoonya is exactly that, but also to create interactive edutainment content that represents diversity!

 

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Karina Ochoa ManzoComment
START LANGUAGE EARLY!

If the purpose of our education system is to produce well-rounded and well-prepared citizens of the world, then exposure to other languages must happen during childhood!

Throughout the first half of their life, children are expected to check off  the educational requirement boxes as preparation for future success, from preschool through K-12. As parents we are responsible for encouraging strong learning, whether it is formally at school or informally at home. Being a mother of a multicultural child and a special education teacher for elementary classes, I value a global perspective and wish there was more opportunities for children to gain exposure to multiple languages and cultures at the primary level in schools.

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Love your language:: Love your roots.

When I agreed to write under “love your language” campaign for Gnaana, I wasn't sure what to say because loving your language feels so natural like “loving your mother” or “mother tongue” that I found myself at loss for words. Then like a muse, these words appeared before me as I was reading one of my favorite books, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey. “There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children— one is roots, the other wings”. I read these lines and I read them again and again. 

As young parents, our focus is so heavily on giving our children wings that we remain on a constant road-trip between schools to swim classes to soccer games and to everything else that perhaps we forget to give them roots.  But, what does it mean to give your children roots? Roots that tie you to your culture, your heritage, your family and does a language play a part in it? Personally, I think it does. Perhaps that it the reason we created an app called “Hindi play & learn” that is available for iPad & iPhone. 

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