ABCmouse, a popular digital education program for children, is rolling out a new feature that teaches children as young as two years old “cultural humility” as part of their new initiative on diversity, equality and education. inclusion (DEI).
The program is aimed at children aged 2 to 8 in the United States through a new series of short videos for children called “Everybody’s Garden”.
Dr. Nika fabienke, Senior Director of Curriculum at Age of Learning who is also co-chair of the DCI Working Group, spoke with leGrio to discuss the new video series.
“They want to start early and start in a way that is appropriate for their age. This allows us children to have multiple and diverse exposures to information. Therefore, it’s like teaching any other content area, ”said Fabienke the Grio.
The video series will consist of short three to four minute shows that introduce the idea of cultural humility to children in a fun and engaging way through a warm story of friendship and self-understanding.
The central characters of the series are Ivy, a little Afro-Cuban girl, and Niko, her best friend, who is Filipino-American.
“We put the children of BIPOC at the center of this new series of videos, and then of the working group that we really wanted to put on the idea of cultural humility,” said Fabienke. “You put these two together, and we have these characters who are specific and genuine.”
The episodes are cropped to be subtle to children’s experiences and apply repetition of topics surrounding cultural humility so that students can truly retain the content. For example, the first episode teaches that you should never assume things about someone just because they are different from you, and that it is okay to ask questions of those who are not like you or are not like you. not like you.
To help parents guide their children through these new topics, ABCMouse also includes a parent visualization guide to help them have conversations with their children about cultural humility.
Going forward, Fabienke pointed out that the platform will implement positives and takeaways throughout the video that will allow students to stop and reflect to make sure they notice the message.
“We’re also looking to develop the whole ‘Everybody’s Garden’ world, so right now the program folks and I are looking at other modalities so kids can have a multimedia experience, so it’s not just videos. ”
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