Multicultural day


Hari Selasa kemarin Gita merayakan keragaman di sekolahnya. Sekolah meminta murid-murid untuk menggunakan pakaian dari negaranya masing-masing. Selain itu, ibu-ibu yang menjalankan kantin juga menjual makanan dari berbagai negara.

Ada cerita yang menarik.

Pulang sekolah, seperti biasa Gita ‘ngoceh’ tentang kejadian-kejadian hari itu di sekolah. Salah satu topiknya adalah tentang “Ali”, seorang teman satu kelas.

Gita: Do you know what is soo annoying about Ali?
Me  : No, tell me
Gita: He keeps calling Mrs. Clapem (her teacher) “teacher”. So, everyday, we have to hear “Teacher, teacher, teacher!!” – instead of calling her “Mrs. Clapem”.
Me : Oh!
Gita: And, you know what – it also annoys Mrs. Clapem. She was upset today because Ali called her “teacher”. She even was more upset because she told Ali, many times, to call her “Mrs. Clapem” instead of “teacher”.
Me  : **laughing**
Gita: It’s not funny. Why are you laughing?
Me: What do you learn today, about multicultural day? What does multicultural mean?
Gita: Hmmm people other countries have different clothes. They eat different food. They speak different language.
Me  : Yes, what does it mean?
Gita: They are different.
Me  : Hmmm it shows that they have different ways of living. Do you notice, when people eat different food, their smell also different?
Gita: *recalling something, then giggled* Yes.
Me  : So, multicultural is not only about food, clothes, or language. You know what, Philip and Marshall, they are my professors. One day they said to that they felt honored that I called them “Professor” instead of calling their names. See? I was like Ali. That is because, in Indonesia that is the way to respect your teachers or gurus. Not to call them using their name, but by calling them ‘teacher’ or ‘guru’ or ‘professor’. And, I believe in Ali’s country – that is also how they respect teachers.
Gita: But it annoys everyone.
Me  : Funny that you celebrate it, but you get annoyed. That is so sad. Means that you only accept different cultures that suit you, but reject cultures that annoy you.
Gita: But that is what I feel!

Ya. Hari itu, saya belajar sesuatu. Saya jadi ingat kondisi di Indonesia sekarang ini. Betapa susahnya menerima perbedaan itu dalam satu paket: perbedaan yang menyenangkan, perbedaan yang menarik, perbedaan yang menyebalkan dan perbedaan yang mengganggu. Itu bawaan alamiah manusia atau apa? Bahkan, gurunya Gita yang mengajarkan ‘keragaman budaya’ pun, malas mencari tau, kenapa Ali suka sekali memanggil “Bu Guru” dan bukan memanggil namanya. Nggak heran kalau anak-anak murid pun tidak belajar apa pun dari perayaan keragaman. Dan bukan hanya guru, tapi mungkin juga pemimpin negara, pemimpin agama, dan orang-orang yang harusnya jadi panutan.

Sedih sekali.

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