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:
Celebrated on the 20th March every year, International Francophonie Day promotes how the French language supports communities far and wide to align together toward global peace, understanding and cultural respect.
Second to English, French is the official language in 33 countries worldwide, with 220 million people across the globe speaking French. To those of you who are interested in promoting language learning and creating cross-cultural bonds, why not teach some French in your communities or even take it up yourself.
This is a day for you to be happy, to celebrate all things that make you happy or to even do something that makes other people happy. I am sure that you have already had many memorable happy moments during time overseas and I can guarantee that you will have many more in the months to come. The Sustainable Development Goals aim to do many things and if they succeed there will be a lot more people around the world in a happier place. You could use this day to raise awareness of poverty, inequality and climate change to help the UN to raise awareness of these Goals and ensure a positive and happy well-being for all. Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you smile and definitely make sure that you make someone else smile – take pictures and send them into us to put a smile on our faces too.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination | March 21
Sadly racism is still a prominent issue in many corners of the world. This is a day that has been put in place by the UN that aims to remind us of the awful consequences of racial discrimination and encourage people to remember that we should all be equal and treated equally.
Human Rights comes in massively to this important and valuable day, so why not set up opportunities for your pupils to talk about their opinions, write essays, teach your pupils about the importance of everyone being treated equally. There is so much that you can do to mark this day and help develop a more racially aware and accepting world.
The theme for this year is ‘Forests and Energy’ – how can forests provide energy?
If you are stuck for ideas have a look here. International Day of Forests was proclaimed in 2012 by The United Nations General Assembly. The aim of the day is to celebrate and raise awareness of all forests and the importance that should be placed upon them. The United Nations are encouraging countries across the world to organise activities that involve forests and trees, such as planting trees in your local community. Forests and trees are integral parts of many communities livelihoods (1.6 billion to be more precise), covering one third of our planets land mass and creating one of the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land. Forests provide energy, jobs, security and shelter for many people and their importance should be shared. Deforestation continues to be a huge problem across the globe, destroying homes, shelter and a source of life for many animals and humans, so let’s spread the word and create a better awareness of how valuable our planet’s forests and trees are.
Poetry provides an opportunity to meet on common ground, highlighting that everywhere in the world people express, share and have similar questions and feelings.
Poetry has been around for centuries and has provided a way for different cultures to communicate values and beliefs. Through celebrating World Poetry Day, you can give your pupils the opportunity to explore their own questions and feelings and share them in a way that is easy for them. Through celebrating World Poetry Day, you can support the diversity between languages and linguistics and provide opportunities to share traditional or even endangered languages within your community.
Held annually and with huge importance, World Day of Water highlights and focuses on the importance of fresh water – this year the theme is ‘Wastewater’, something that we can all by guilty of.
World Day of Water has been celebrated every year since 1992 and is a great opportunity for you to learn and teach about water related issues and to hopefully improve awareness. The Sustainable Development Goals that were launched in 2013 aim to ensure that everyone has access water by 2030, therefore this is even more of a reason to raise awareness and help the UN to reach this goal.
The theme for 2017 World Health Day is depression.
Depression has a huge affect on people from all walks of life and from across the globe. It can make everyday life very difficult and can have an impact on relationships with families and friends. Depression can be prevented and it can be treated and through helping to reduce the stigma by raising awareness and educating people in our communities we can help to do this.
World Health Day is an opportunity for you to contribute, raise awareness and reduce stigma around the many ways in which health can affect lives, so plan something inspirational and help spread awareness through marking World Health Day.
World Creativity and Innovation Week begins on Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday; an inspirational man and the creator of the famous ‘Mona Lisa’.
The week ends on World Creativity and Innovation Day, providing a huge amount of time for you to switch on your creative and innovative minds on and plan some exciting activities for your community. The purpose of this week is to ‘enable new thinking to create new futures; to make the world a better place and to make your place in the world better too.’ (https://wciw.org/).
Also falling on Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday’ World Art Day provides a further opportunity for you to get your creative hats on. This is a day that provides common ground between many cultures and countries and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of art across the globe.
Provide a thinking space within your classrooms and get the creative mindsets flowing – we can’t wait to hear what you come up with or see the art work that you produce- who knows, you might have a class of budding artists sitting right in front of you!
Referenced from: http://iaaworldartday.com/why-wad/
International Day for Monuments & Sites | April 18
More commonly known as World Heritage day, International Day of Monuments and sites aims to raise awareness of not only the diversity between monuments and heritage sights across the world, but also the vulnerability of them and what needs to be done to protect and conserve them.
This day is not solely about honouring some of the world’s most valued monuments, it is also about placing significance on all cultural heritage places and landscapes, whether they are important locally or globally. Take the opportunity during International Day for Monuments and Sites and explore your local community, get your pupils to teach you about sites that have valued local significance or even teach your pupils about somewhere significant back home. Be inspired by the sites around you and let us know what you find!
‘Environmental and Climate Literacy’ is the theme for World Earth Day 2017.
With education being the foundation to progress in many areas of life, it is vital that we use its powers to inform people of the concepts of climate change and the detrimental implications that it can have on our planet. Through creating awareness and teaching one another about climate change the likelihood of inspiring generations to take action and defend our planet increases.
The World Earth Day website are providing tool-kits that set out great ideas to hold a successful day so get on it and have look, inspire your community and teach them about our planet – one of the best keys to success is through education.
“Jazz is more than music, it is a universal message of peace, harmonising rhythm and meaning, carrying values significant for every woman and man, providing unique opportunities for mutual understanding, through listening, playing, improvisation.”
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO (Message for International Jazz Day 2016)
There are Global Jazz Day events being held all over the world, maybe you could scope one out in your local community or even set up your own one. Celebrating International Jazz Day provides you with huge opportunities to engage further with your community and have a little bit of fun. Have a look on the website below to see if there are any events near you and if not, set your own one up – what could be better than integrating into your community with a little bit of music.
Freedom of speech and freedom of press are threatened in many countries across the world and now is better a time than ever to make sure that our voices are heard and also listened to.
World Press Freedom Day is celebrated annually in over 100 national celebrations across the globe. It aims to celebrate and remember the foundations and fundamental principles of press freedom and look at how it is viewed today. World Press Freedom aims to raise awareness and defend the media and voices from attacks on not only their independence but also on their right to be heard. Journalists have lost their lives for speaking freely and doing their job so remember them on this day and spread awareness of freedom of press and speech.
By now I am sure you will have all found your overseas family, whether it is the children you are working with, your host families or even your country group.
International day of families was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 to raise awareness of and support families who are affected by social, economic and demographic processes. International day of families also provides the opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of having healthy and happy relationships with the people you are close to, whether they are relatives, friends or carers – everyone should play the important role of supporting one another and providing a framework of trust to ensure safety. This year’s theme is ‘Families, education and wellbeing’, highlighting the role of families in promoting education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and young adults. This is something that you are doing overseas and something that many of you may continue to do, so why not support families in your community and show them how they can support their children in their educational and care giving roles, what they can do at home and how they can increase and develop any opportunity that is given to their children in a positive and influential light.
Look around you, look at all the different cultures that you see, the different religions, celebrations, ceremonies and way of life – do you understand them and do you accept them?
World Day of Cultural Diversity provides an opportunity for you to widen your understandings of others ways of living, of the values of cultural diversity and the importance of valuing one another. In October 2005, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity on Cultural Expressions adopted four goals relating closely to this day:
Support sustainable systems of governance for culture
Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals
Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks
Promote human rights and fundamental freedom
Take this opportunity to raise awareness of cross-cultural communication and inclusion of others from all walks of life and promote the importance of supporting one another, no matter where they are from, what they value or what they believe. Learn about the cultures in your local communities, share your cultures or have a day focused entirely on cultures around the world – there is so much that you can do so make it colourful, make it exciting and tell us about how successful it is when it is completed.
Marked on the 25th May every year, Africa Day celebrates African unity. It marks the founding of the African Union, which happened on the 25th May 1963.
The aim of the day is to celebrate African unity and there is so much that you could do to mark this day. Have a look on the Global Dimensions Website to see what ideas they have.
Africa is a continent full of cultural diversity, full of languages, full of colour and a place that many of you are lucky to be living in. Take this day to celebrate Africa as joined as a whole and to learn about the fantastic continent.
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
As part of our commitment to the ongoing development of our Returned Volunteers,
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