Last night I was walking down the streets of Mexico but, quickly realized I had no idea how to communicate with the locals, didn’t know where to go for help and felt alone! I was scared! RIYA! RIYA! BANG! My mom broke through my door to wake me up from that horrible nightmare. I was thankful that it wasn’t real, but then thought to myself all day if I was really in that situation that nightmare would become a reality. Dear Judges, Dear Teachers, Dear Parents and Dear friends. Hi my name is Riya and today I will be speaking to you not only as a student but as a traveller embarking on the world as a young and naïve adventurer. I want to tell you why traveling is beneficial to the education system and should become part of the core curriculum. English is one of our most important classes in school and is spoken in almost all parts of the world. However, based on where you are in the world it is challenging to speak with people of different cultures based on different dialects and tones of English. No matter how the world learns this language, whether through books, apps, or videos, when you travel to these new and exciting places you quickly learn that without any practice and interaction it is still very hard to first speak to people of different cultures and languages.
The way they communicate with their unique accents to each other and the different type of slangs maybe only be understood with the natives. It is my opinion that when students get to travel to different places they not only you get to learn the important words to a new language to save you if you ever get lost, but you learn new style of approach in speaking English. I also love that when you go to a different destination you get to learn everything about the new cultures such as cuisine, etiquette and lifestyle.
This will help students help identify and look at unique characteristics that describe each culture. Walking through new and colorful streets will help leave the differences in the world and help us look at the commonality within all of us like shared love for art, nature, food and come up with a new world that mixes everyone’s cultures together. I am happy that Canada, my home, already mixes so many cultures together throughout the Greater Toronto Area and is leading the world in this new belief. When students travel, they will also teach other communities about their own customs and beliefs and help the world understand more about western culture and help clear up some misunderstandings about us. Some of you may ask how can social skills be beneficial to education. Good question! Talking to new students sometimes can be hard and intimidating but talking to new cultures and communities is even harder and that’s why travelling and practicing this skill will greatly build up your social skills improving from being a little shy and uncomfortable at first to easily engaging and talking to strangers.
Education is not just about learning things to make money but also contributing towards making this planet a better place to live in. The understanding of diverse cultures will play a major role in this belief and will help turn that terrible nightmare of being lost in the world to a beautiful dream that will make you feel home anywhere in the world.