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FUNDRAISING – Other cultures


With numerous cultures and religions represented in the UK, should your PTA fundraising refl ect this cultural diversity?


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hristmas and Easter are probably two of your busiest times of the year, but at many schools these festivals won’t


be celebrated by all pupils, so you might want to consider holding a fundraiser based around a different festival. While pupils may learn about other cultures in class, dedicating a PTA fundraiser to a cultural event means pupils can experience it in a hands-on way that the school may not otherwise be able to accommodate, and whole families can come together to learn and celebrate. We’ve gathered together some


examples of events that are commemorated around the world and how these can be translated into a school fundraising setting, but there is so much more to explore beyond this. Do you know which cultures are represented at your school? Invite parents and pupils to come forward to guide the PTA in leading an event that celebrates diversity and creates a more inclusive school community. Remember: approaching a cultural


event you’d like to develop as a fundraiser should always be done sensitively and respectfully. It’s an opportunity to teach children and the school community about what happens in other cultures. Make sure the event is a learning experience and doesn’t accidentally cause offence. Class teachers can help, as can any members of your school community who represent your chosen culture.


Multicultural celebrations


Diwali (25-29 October 2019) The fi ve-day ‘festival of lights’ is


the biggest festival in India and is celebrated by over one billion Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. Although each religion celebrates different events and legends, the overriding themes are the same – the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. The festival takes place in October or November, depending on the cycle of the moon, and each day is dedicated to a different celebration, with the main celebrations traditionally held on the third day, which this year falls on 27 October.


Event idea: Diwali fair


Incorporating Diwali into an event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Indian culture. Decorate your venue with bright colours and encourage guests to wear colourful, Indian- inspired outfi ts. Have


performances of traditional dance and music. Diwali is the most popular time of year for shopping in India, so get pupils together beforehand to make


handicrafts to be sold at the event. These can include diyas, which are small clay lamps used as decor during Diwali. Invite external craftspeople and speakers who can teach attendees about Diwali, including how the


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celebrations, how to put on a sari and about traditional pastimes such as henna design and yoga. For


refreshments, desserts are popular during Diwali and include deep-fried dumplings, rice pudding and fudge- like sweets. Create a craft table where children can create a rangoli – a


decorative pattern traditionally made with colourful rice fl our. For a more permanent souvenir, invite them to make patterns with crayons on paper or using Hama beads. If you want to end the evening with a bang, Diwali is usually commemorated with fi rework displays.


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