Updated: Sep 19
By Kinota Braithwaite, Anti-Racism and Anti-Bullying Youth Speaker
Throughout my teaching career, I've embarked on a global journey, stepping into classrooms filled with students from diverse backgrounds in various corners of the world
I've worked as an Assistant Language Teacher in Japanese Jr. High schools in Kanagawa-ken, Japan, taught in a public school in Yellowknife, Canada, and in an elementary program at a private international school in the Czech Republic.
I've also taught at a bilingual German and English school in Vienna and I am currently teaching at the Montessori School of Tokyo. My experiences have been incredibly enriching, and they've reinforced the significance of embracing diversity and kindness in education.
Bullying is a challenge that transcends borders and cultures. While there may be differences in the ways it manifests, its harmful impact remains consistent. It's a reminder that, as educators, we face a shared responsibility: to foster environments where diversity is embraced and where every child feels safe, valued, and empowered.
This is why I've chosen to do this work. It's why I've written books and stand before students as a youth speaker, sharing a simple yet profound message: all children are beautiful. It's a message that holds true in every classroom, in every culture, and in every corner of the globe.
In a world where differences often define our experiences, it's crucial to recognize the common thread that unites us – the dreams, aspirations, and inherent beauty of every child. As educators and advocates, our mission is clear: to create spaces where children can flourish without the weight of fear or discrimination.
So, I continue to speak out, to write, and to share these fundamental beliefs. Every child deserves an education that nurtures their unique potential and reinforces the understanding that they are, indeed, beautiful just as they are.
This is a journey I'm honored to be on, and I hope it inspires others to join me in spreading the message of kindness and acceptance, one classroom at a time.
Let's Start a Dialogue:
Principals and Teachers, I extend a heartfelt invitation to engage in open conversations. Together, let's address concerns, exchange ideas, and craft experiences that transcend. Let's embark on a journey to enrich minds and create a lasting positive impact on the lives of students.
A Vision for a World Free of Racism and Bullying
You're welcome to connect with me at www.learnwithkinota.com