“Viagens pelos Trilhos da Cultura” (Travelling along the paths of culture) was the motto for two afternoons dedicated to cultural diversity, on the occasion of the World Children’s Day. These Intercultural Festivities, promoted by AIDGLOBAL in partnership with the Group of Schools of Alto do Lumiar, took place between May 31st and June 1st, and featured moments of music, dance, song, fashion, among other artistic manifestations.
The main objectives of the initiative were to reinforce the affirmation of values such as tolerance, solidarity, respect, sharing and dialogue, and also to contribute to fostering peace, security and community stability; as well as to combat fundamentalism and cultural stereotypes and to deepen reflection on diversity as an agent for inclusion and positive change.
At the first party, held at Maria da luz de Deus Ramos School, 150 children from Kindergarten and Primary School were brought together, accompanied by their respective teachers and operational assistants, to celebrate interculturality, through a multicultural gastronomic exhibition, with flavours from the world, namely from Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, where there were also artistic performances representing other places that enriched the party.
A musical performance by one of the students, with a gypsy song, was a success! To bring together and introduce the children to a more oriental and mystical culture, a student from Pakistan performed a henna painting session on the hands of her classmates, an ancient art widely used in North Africa and India, and the more curious ones tried it out with enthusiasm! The mother of one of the school’s children accepted the invitation to give a workshop on African braids, and her services were in great demand until the end of the event.
There was also the inauguration of an Exhibition composed of the drawings made by the children who have participated, since the beginning, in the “NEAR” project. Some old photographs of the Galinheiras neighbourhood were also exhibited, a surprise prepared by AIDGLOBAL, which was much appreciated by the participants.
One of the most emblematic moments of the day was the zumba dance class led by teacher João Condesso from the Dance Life Academy, which infected children and adults alike.
At EB2,3 Alto do Lumiar, the Intercultural Festival had the same purpose of contributing to the strengthening of relations between the different cultures, where there was space to taste and socialise, between cultures, in an afternoon full of emotions.
The participants enjoyed lunch, with appetizers and typical dishes from different cultures, such as cachupa, muamba, calulu, cheese bread, samosas, among others, distributed over 7 tables, which represented various countries around the world and were accompanied by juices and served various teas from Mexico (Barbas de milho) from Tunisia (Mint Tea), Brazil (Green Tea), São Tomé and Príncipe (Yogi), Cape Verde (Hibiscus), South Africa (Rooibos) and Portugal (Gorreana Tea). At the same time, the African braiding workshop led by the 8th grade students was held, which proved to be a success.
After lunch, the Intercultural Parade began, with the participation of young people from the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th years, with cultural representations from 6 countries (São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Cape Verde, Portugal and Ukraine), which aimed to bring different generations and cultures closer together.
A Prom was prepared with the 9th grade classes, in which the students dressed up for the occasion, thus making this moment memorable for all those who participated.
These celebrations were supported by a financial donation from João Nabais & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, RL, with the support of Sumol+Compal, of the restaurant “Neide Churrascaria” that prepared the “cachupa”, of the teachers who offered to bring a typical Tunisian sweet and the Muamba from Angola, of the student who offered traditional Venezuelan empanadas, among other traditional dishes from across the borders.
“NEAR – NEwly ARrived in a common home” is a European project funded by the European Commission, under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) with the ISMU Foundation as a promoter and as partner entities Tamat, CARDET, and AIDGLOBAL and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. In Portugal, this project is being developed in the city of Lisbon.
AIDGLOBAL ― Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global (AIDGLOBAL ― Action and Integration for Global Development) is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), which develops and promotes projects within the scope of Education for Development and Global Citizenship in Portugal and programs within the scope of Literacy in Mozambique. Its Mission aims to Act, Include and Develop through Education, because it believes that Change happens through Education.