Project Trust’s Global Citizenship updates are designed to provide our volunteers with ideas and resources to run lessons and workshops whilst overseas. During Training in July we were inspired to hear all the ideas our volunteers had on how they can mark Global Citizenship Days, and we can’t wait to see the end results.
Recent and upcoming days which you may be interested in marking include:
Every single day charities are busy are working in communities around the world to have a positive impact and improve people’s lives. They help to fight disease, protect children and come as a beacon of hope for many individuals.
In order to celebrate and honour the work that charities do, the United Nations made International Day of Charity official in 2012. This date was chosen as it is the anniversary death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who devoted her whole life to charity work. Use this day to spread awareness of the fantastic work that charities are doing and to educate people about the issues that charities are having to tackle worldwide.
International Day of Literacy was declared on 8th September 1965 by UNESCO. It is an opportunity for schools and organisations to unite and raise awareness in order to increase the accessibility to education for children across the world.
This year the theme was ‘Reading the past, writing the future’. Although this day has passed, it is still very relevant every day of the year, so take any opportunity you have to show your children the importance of literacy and the positive effects that it can have on their futures.
Have a look at the United Nations website for some more information and background about International Day of Democracy.
Show your children the importance of fairness and justice, even if it is just at classroom level, show them the importance of equality, of treating their friends fairly and of sharing with one another.
Here is a great resource from the British Red Cross looking the principles of democracy within the context of ‘Justice and Fairness’ and Humanitarian Law. It has some super ideas that would be great to use for Secondary school aged children.
Another resource with lots of different activities to explore ‘ Justice and Fairness.’
An extremely important and positive day that is celebrated around the world by may communities. International Day of Peace was established in 1981 with mission of promoting a global culture of peace and helping others to commit to peace across the world. Use the link below to see how you and your community can get involved.
This year’s theme is ‘Building Blocks for Peace’, so show your pupils how they promote peace throughout their communities!
This special day has been put in place for the world to celebrate and highlight the important contributions that older people make towards society and to also raise awareness of challenges and issues that face older people in today’s world. The theme this year for International Day of Older Persons is ‘Stand against Ageism’ with the aim of challenging people to consider the effects of discrimination based on age and the impact that this can have on people.
Teachers have a massive impact on many individuals’ lives, they work hours planning and preparing exciting lessons to inspire future generations. Teachers support young people’s dreams and provide them with the tools to achieve these. Through celebrating World Teachers Day you will be helping to raise awareness of the important role that teachers plan worldwide.
During November comes the ‘Month of Blog Posting’. Take this opportunity to set up or to continue writing your blogs and please remember to send us links to them, we love to hear all of your exciting stories and adventures.
Kirsten Vieira has just returned from a year in Orealla in Guyana, this is what she had to say about blogging…
“Travelling is an incredible experience, and one that just begs to be shared. Which, incidentally, is exactly what I did whist in Guyana – after all, what could make more sense than combining my two passions for writing and travel into one, whilst also documenting my adventures for all of my sponsors back home?
“I started my blog almost immediately after arriving in Georgetown, scrawling notes in my dairy late at night, persevering through the jetlag. When I arrived at my project – which was downright picturesque, and crazy to boot – the urgency to document my time overseas became more urgent. Not only would writing a blog satiate my sponsors, family, and friends (especially when there was a distinct lack of contact!), but it would allow me to reflect upon all of my Guyanese experiences, good and bad – and, importantly, to remember them all when I came home.
“At times, writing my blog was difficult, especially if the months had been uneventful; but it was so rewarding to complete a post, and to think that I was capturing and sharing the madness and brilliance of Guyana with others. Furthermore, I can remember being frustrated that there was virtually no information on my project online when I was researching it before leaving… But now I can rest assured that there is plenty!
“Although making mine was sometimes tedious and sometimes hard and always requiring more effort and time than I thought it would, now, when I am home and missing Guyana, I can reread it and reminisce. Writing a blog is a fantastic way to update sponsors and to reflect upon your time overseas, and I would highly recommend that other volunteers make one. You won’t regret it!”
If you have time, read through Kirsten’s blog, it is a great read and really captures the essence of her time in Guyana.
A very prominent day in British life, culture and heritage and a chance for us to remember those who fought for our freedom. Hold a two minute silence with your class, make some poppies or hold a Remembrance Service, there is a lot that you could do to honour this day.
There are a huge variety of fantastic resources to help you to celebrate Remembrance Day with your pupils. Here are some good links that you could have a look at, however, there are many more so have a scan around the internet for any ideas.
Celebrate Education across the globe by showing your children the benefits, positives and importance of an education. International Education Week is an opportunity for you to celebrate cultures, people and languages across the world and for you to show your children the important role that International Education plays within this.
This special day was established in 1954 with the aim of promoting ‘international togetherness and awareness’ between children worldwide. Try to make a special effort to talk to your children of their rights, have a look at the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and look on UNICEF’s website for some ideas.
It is important for children to know their rights and responsibilities and understand the positive impacts that they can have on communities around them.
St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Romania, Russia and Ukraine. St Andrews Day is Scotland’s national day and is often marked with celebrations of Scottish Culture including traditional food, music and dance.
Hold a storytelling event, cook some traditional Scottish food, get your class learning some Scots, have a ceilidh – there is plenty that you can to do celebrate and encourage learning about Scotland.
Here is a link to the Education Scotland site, it has some fantastic ideas that you could use overseas:
Rethink stereotypes, challenge myths and encourage others to be positive about HIV. This is an opportunity for people from all over the world to fight together against HIV, to show their support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have lost their lives because of it.
Find out a little more about the importance of spreading awareness of HIV/AID so that you can help tackle the stigma associated with it www.worldaidsday.org
International Day of People with Disability | December 3
Help to break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities by marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Create an opportunity for people to think, talk about and acknowledge people with disabilities in a positive light.
Celebrate your day! This is a chance for you to mark and celebrate the power and potential that volunteering can have on a community. Raise awareness and an understanding of the contribution that people like yourselves are making towards your communities and celebrate all of your individual efforts.
On this day communities across the world mark the United Nations General Assembly adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This day is usually marked in political conferences and meetings and also by cultural events and exhibitions so why not organise something and celebrate it in your new community.
The minimum requirement for the Overseas Unit is to mark one day, explaining why you chose that day to focus on and what you did to celebrate it (pg 12-13 in your Overseas Placement Booklet). However we encourage you to fully engage with Global Citizenship Education by marking as many days as possible.
Here are some examples from previous years’ Volunteers:
Don’t worry if you are not able to mark the international day on its exact date, it’s not a global issue for just one day of the year!
Looking for inspiration?
Watch the videos to discover how some of our recently Returned Volunteers celebrated International Days while overseas…
International Day of Peace
Rosie Hazeldine | Nepal 2014/15
World AIDS Day
Joe Wright | Swaziland 2014/15
International Women’s Day
Zara Elmi | Senegal 2014/15
World Earth Day
Meenakshi Parmar | Cambodia 2014/15
World Religion Day
Matt | India 2014/15
Most importantly, don’t forget to write to us and tell us all about your Global Citizenship sessions. We want to celebrate your success on our blog, website and here in the office. We also want to offer support and advice in any way we can – so do get in touch.
Ideally, we’d like you to post about your session on Project Trust’s Facebook page. And remember, please take photos too! Here’s the type of thing we’re looking for:
What day you marked and why
What you did to mark it
What you learned
What you think it benefited the people that you were working with