First Day in School
Their first day at school is a very special occasion for Greenlandic children. It is a day for the whole family to celebrate.
Children and their parents don national costumes and head towards school in anticipation of the whole new world that going to school represents. True to tradition, many grandpar-ents also come along to watch their grandchild’s big day.
The head of the school, teachers and administrative staff always go to great lengths to ensure that their school is ready to welcome its new pupils. Greenland’s national flag has been hoisted outside and inside the school is adorned with even more of them.
During their time at school, children will learn subjects like Greenlandic, Danish, English, mathematics, religion and architecture, social scienc- es, handicrafts and PE. All these subjects serve to teach them skills that will allow them to oper- ate in a modern world, with all the demands and opportunities it has to offer.
There is still plenty to do when the festivities at school are over at the end of the rst day. In other countries, rst school day festivities are often held in public places. The people of Greenland, however, prefer to celebrate them at home, as a traditional Greenlandic ‘kaffemik’. Families set out their best porcelain and tablecloths, make some coffee and serve an extravagant spread of home-made cakes and bread rolls. Lots of oth- er family members and friends drop by over the course of the afternoon to congratulate the new school pupil and his or her parents.