#codeHive19 Student Culture Day
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”
1st of May was our first cultural day at our new campus. Earlier this year, we onboarded our codeHive class of 2019 with the young women hailing from 14 different counties in Kenya.
We spent the day learning and immersing ourselves into some of the cultures represented at codeHive. First up, we shared meals prepared by the students and representing some of the favorite meals in their communities.
In the afternoon, we had presentations including song, dance, spoken word and comedy. This was then followed by cake cutting to celebrate the 9th birthday of AkiraChix as well as mark the end of a successful first semester for codeHive 2019.
Diversity is the essence of our African culture. Culture is the total way of life that people in the society are blessed with, the characteristics of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music, and arts. Through culture, we are governed by norms and customs, which are the pillars of any society. If these pillars are not properly followed in our society, our culture will resemble a perfume with no smell. It’s a gradual existence of presenting those norms and customs to people who surround us through music, dances, arts, crafts, food, dressing style and languages. It is high time for us to protect all what we have in our culture and whatever is good should be taken to great heights and we should try all our level best to eliminate all those practices which are against human rights even if they have been practiced in our culture for centuries. Practices such as female genital mutilation, discrimination of any kind, torture to women and children and any kind of maltreatment to our society members. Culture is not static, it changes as the human being develops so let us not be prisoners of our own culture.
Inspired by our forefathers, we wrapped up the evening with a bonfire demystifying some of the misconceptions we have about certain communities and learning to embrace our different cultures.
I learnt that, as much as we are all different and coming from different backgrounds and cultures on this day we embraced all our differences and coordinated as a team to make the day a success which is among the great lessons I took away. I also learnt that diversity is indeed truly beautiful and keeping an open mind,ready to learn new things.