Public schools will begin a diversity project reflecting reality

The Ministerio de Educación Pública is beginning a project to increase the depictions of non-white personages in schools.

The ministry is expected to outline the program today at  Escuela José Francisco Osejo in Sabana Sur.

An announcement of the meeting said that in any school in any place in the country there are images of children and adults posted in the halls and classrooms that could have been taken in Sweden or Holland because the images are of perfect blondes that are removed from the reality of the diversity that exists in the country.

The program is being called the La unidad de lo diverso and includes a collection of images that depict children and adults consistent with the Costa Rican environment. The phrase is a popular one in Spanish literature, social science and other fields that have nothing to do with cultural diversity. The phrase even found its way into Venezuela revolutionary literature.

The unity of the diverse, as it is translated, has many applications because it appears at first glance to be an oxymoron.

The school year is coming to an end in six weeks, but the program comes in the same month as the Día de las Culturas which emphasizes that the country consists of individuals with many racial roots.

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