Our school is a melting pot with a variety of students from all over the world, each with their own experiences and perspectives to share in the classroom. For instance you may find students from Germany, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, South Africa and many other countries. The cultural diversity here at DHPS extends not only to international students but also to local students from various ethnic groups, religions and backgrounds.
Our school community benefits from the richness of this diversity by allowing students to learn about different cultures, beliefs, and ways of life, which broadens their understanding of the world. It also allows students to make new friends and gain valuable insights and experiences that they would not have had otherwise.
It is critical to establish an atmosphere of respect, tolerance, and understanding in our diverse school environment.
This is accomplished in our school by celebrating cultural events like the DHPS Cultural Day on the 16 of March on the occasion of Namibian Independence Day (21 March) and by encouraging open and honest dialogues between learners and staff.
The day was spent by scholars in their traditional attire while having the chance to enjoy various cultural foods thanks to the DHPS Interact club - namely, potato pancakes with applesauce a German dish, Vetkoek with mince a local delicacy, Herero bread and sweet potato with okra salsa from Angola.
During this event, the Interact club was able to demonstrate that despite our differences, we can celebrate together by being inclusive and diverse.
Speaking of open dialogues, some of our learners were kind enough to accept an interview with our DHPresS school newspaper team.What are your first impressions of DHPS and the local community?
Artem (Gr.10), Russian:
“They are very friendly and I am happy that the people here are very open.”
Lilian Gong (Gr. 10), German, Chinese & Namibian:
“I found the people very open minded and very kind.”What do you think are the biggest differences between Namibia and the country you are from?
Chintu (Gr.5), Zambia:
“Zambia has less buildings and more rural land than Namibia.”
Olivia (Gr. 5), German Namibian:
“I love Namibia because it has a lot of places to go to and the food is delicious.”What cultural customs or traditions have you observed in your new environment that are different from your own?
Artem (Gr.10), Russian :
“I didn’t think about it, I am used to seeing different cultures.”
Rosa (Gr. 11), German:
“Namibians have shown that family is their first priority.”
(Article: DhPresS-Team 2023)