Date

6-2014

Degree Name

BA in Modern Languages and Literatures

Department

Modern Languages and Literatures Department

Advisor(s)

Karen Muñoz-Christian

Abstract

The purpose of Día del Niño, also known as World Children’s Day, is to spread worldwide awareness of the rights that every child ‘should’ have. Through organizations such as UNICEF and the United Nations, extensive international work has been conducted throughout the past century in order to protect the lives of children from issues such as disease, hunger, abuse, and no access to an education. The idea of World Children’s Day has swept the globe, becoming an important event in societies all over the world. Although the day or traditions may not be the same in every country, the message remains: children are our future, and defending their well-being and human rights is the best cause that any of us can work toward.

My idea of putting on Día del Niño at Pacheco Elementary was to be sure that the event was more than just a carnival day for the students; I wanted to impart the message that the children of SLO are global citizens who are the artists, doctors, senators, writers, entrepreneurs of our tomorrow. Mixing my language abilities and event-coordinating background, I intended to mix cultural influences with food and activities to produce a day that would matter to the school and the families.

The process was supplemented through my personal view of planning an occasion that tried to incorporate such universal significance, as well as digging deeper into the actual research of planning a cross-cultural event.

This project is the culmination of my entire linguistic career coming together with my aspirations in the hospitality industry. By crafting an event that was significant and memorable for the students, I hope to be able to raise awareness of World Children’s Day in San Luis Obispo. Explaining the benefits of a transcultural event is the intent of this paper.

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