“In just a little more than an hour their passports were filled with stamps from countries around the globe.
The four boys from the Noble Academy Columbus charter school learned how to write their names in Japanese. They watched children from India perform a dance to honor their heritage. They discovered the smell of Jamaican curried goat. They now know that n Poland the word for peace is “pokoj.” And on their journey around the Columbus International Festival, the elementary school-aged boys added to the melting pot of different cultures. Bedri is Japanese and Turkish. Mohammed and halid are Somalian. Jimmy is Vietnamese. “Getting to know each other has never been more important,” said Emre Ozyurek, a math teacher at Noble. “And we think being introduced to different cultures is one of the best ways to do that.”