Some people in our community wear uniforms. They do this for various reasons. It could be to identify who they are or it could be to help them complete their job. In South-East Asia, Theravada Buddhist monks and nuns wear saffron coloured robes. The traditional uniform of a Buddhist monk or nun is a saffron coloured robe, no shoes and shaved head. The uniform identifies the person as a monk/nun and represents what they believe in which is simplicity and detachment of materialism.
This unit is part of Trio’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series. It consists of a single lesson suitable for early to lower primary grades and is particularly supportive for EAL students. The lesson can be taught in isolation or provide a cultural perspective when completing units on South-East Asia, role of religion and religious people in our society, Buddhism, colours as symbolism and uniforms. All resources (lesson plan, online link and photographs) are included.