Here are some of The Sala's observed days.
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Anne Frank
Understanding the world around us gives us a stronger identification with ourselves: who we are and where we fit into the bigger picture. It is extremely exciting for this generation to have so much information and access at their fingertips about how others live and why this is so. Sadly, it is also imperative that this generation understand that they have a collective calling in attempting to right the environmental wrongs of the generations that have preceded them.
Links with people and communities locally and elsewhere are important so curiosity is aroused and the diversity of the world's people can be studied and explored in a meaningful manner.
By exploring environmental issues and how to take immediate action in our daily lives is crucial. The Sala brings these issues into the classroom as much as possible in order to empower children so they can start to contribute at an early age.
We also discuss and role-play scenarios based upon diversity and empathy - why people live the way they do - the differing circumstances, values and beliefs; we approach all ways of living with a non-judgmental attitude.
We involve differing perspectives wherever possible so that students understand that there are different ways of writing history; this enhances their ability to stay open-minded and broaden their depth of understanding about written sources. They become critical readers who look for layers of truth. We seek out sources on the internet that are truly global such as as national news and global perspectives are actually much narrower than we first think.
We celebrate special days as much as possible: we prepare food, learn a few words, create costumes, dance...we love to celebrate and to party!