Where cultures connect

Sep. 13, 2016 | The Form VI Social and Cultural Anthropology classes did things a bit differently this afternoon.
Following lunch, students in the fifth period block gathered outside for an eye-opening activity. They participated in the BaFa’ Bafa’ Simulation - an activity that aims to demonstrate how culture influences each and every person’s daily life. The class was separated in two groups, Alpha and Beta, with each group representing a different culture. After being briefed on their culture's respective rules and habits, the two groups were called upon to interact with one another. The conversation inevitably led to misunderstandings - both funny and frustrating! - and helped the class to understand the negative effects of stereotyping and learn ways of working to change such outcomes.

Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.