The value of people and cultures, and how they affect and educate us, is something more applicable today than ever. With rising inequality, discrimination and separation, it is increasingly important to interact with and learn from the people around us, and around the world.
My piece is based on my experiences volunteering in rural Guyana. Each character represents a value I learned from the people in the village, from hard work to the importance of having fun. Being immersed in their community I saw a new view of life, and gained perspective on the country I come from.
I have come back and realised how valuable the people around me are, how unique each one is, and made more of an effort to learn from them. What other people teach us, whether it be positivity in hard situations, or to appreciate the opportunities we have, can be taken with us throughout our lives to develop us into better people and better global citizens.
In these times it is essential to open our minds and increase global awareness by sharing and learning skills, knowledge and values. For this we must remember:
People are precious.
People are special.
People are valuable.