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:
Each of them has a name, a story and left their homelands seeking better opportunities and safety for themselves and in many cases for their families – aspirations that all of us strive for.’ – United Nations
Migration has drawn a lot of attention across the world, spreading awareness of the complex challenges and the difficulties that prominent amongst countries and religions. The United Nations is plays an active part in bringing different religions and people from different countries together with the aim of creating more dialogues and interactions between a global community. The challenges that many migrants face have resulted in tragedies, with, men, women and children losing their lives as the search for safety.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is looking for support from across the globe and for communities to come together to remember the refugees and migrants who have lost their lives or who have not managed to find a safe refuge after long journeys across seas and deserts. You could potentially mark this as an International Day; however the IOM is inviting people from across the world to hold the first Candlelight Vigil on the 18th December to commemorate and remember those who have lost their lives. The candlelight is to symbolise solidarity with Migrants and their families in order to remind us that for many migrants, travelling to a different country is often the only sliver of light left.
There are many religions around the world that bring people together, provide people with hope and comfort and help people to get through hard times.
World Religion Day is held every year on the third Sunday in January. It aims to promote inter-faith understanding and harmony. In today’s society it is important that individuals from different faiths around the globe acknowledge the similarities between their faiths. It is important for people to have an understanding of one another, where they come from, their beliefs, their values and an appreciation of what makes them who they are.
You definitely want to be part of this special day and celebrate it alongside the children that you are working with. Many people get involved in this day – schools, churches, sports groups, employees, friends and families so get on board and join the team!
Day for change happens annually is a vital part of UNICEFs fundraising appeal to raise money and awareness for the work that UNICEF do to keep children across the world safe. This year, the theme is ‘Children in Emergencies’.
World Radio Day has been put in place to celebrate the power of radio.
To some, radio may seem like a pleasure – something that we listen to whilst eating breakfast in the morning or whilst clearing up after dinner. However, radio is a way to reach many people across the world; it reaches the widest audience in the quickest possible time and has been used in many emergencies and disasters.
This year’s theme is ‘Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster’. Through celebrating World Radio Day, you will be helping to spread awareness of the importance a radio can have on a communities welfare, you will be helping to encourage many major networks to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality through the radio and to also spread awareness of the importance of radio for communication across the world. For something that may not seem that important, it is safe to say that a simple radio can have a huge impact and a very important one at that.
“With exclusion and inequality on the rise, we must step up efforts to ensure that all people, without discrimination, are able to access opportunities to improve their lives and those of others.”
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
‘Social Justice’ is a principle that should be promoted worldwide. We want to promote a just society through challenging injustice and by valuing the diverse world that we are living in. However social justice can only work when every individual from across the globe has access to all of their entitled human rights, are treated equally and are not constrained or prejudiced on the grounds of gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliations, age, race, belief, disability, location, social class, socioeconomic circumstances, or other characteristic of background or group membership (Toowoomba Catholic Education, 2006). Through celebrating this day you can promote human rights, teach your children what their rights and responsibilities are and promote a just and fair world.
UNESCO International Mother Language Day | February 21
A day that will be close to many of your hearts, with your flare for languages increasing as you spend more time in your host communities.
“Mother languages in a multilingual approach are essential components of quality education, which is itself the foundation for empowering women and men and their societies. “
Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
The theme for this year’s mother language day is ‘Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes.’ This is to underline the importance that mother languages play in the contribution towards quality education and linguistic diversity. In order to strive for quality education to empower women, men and their societies it is vital that mother languages are used as a multilingual approach (UNESCO). Across the globe, it is important for people to recognise and promote the power and importance of mother and local languages as ways to share indigenous cultures and knowledge. Use this opportunity to learn some of your communities’ local language, teach the children some of your local dialect, look at languages around the world – there is a lot that you can do to celebrate this day so take the opportunity and promote this International Day!
Show your support for the farmers and workers who grow our countries food across the world by joining schools, campaigners, businesses and places of worship from all over the world in showing your appreciation.
Farmers from across the world work extremely hard to provide things that we depend on: the food we eat, the tea and coffee we drink; all come from hard work of people from across the globe. The problem is that many of these people who work hard to provide for us are not paid what they deserve and this is something that has been happening for a long time. The good news is that this is also something that can be changed if we can help to raise awareness of where our food is coming from, of the people who are providing it for us and of the amount of money that they are expected to survive off of. We want to change how people relate to and think about the products that we find on the shelves of our local supermarkets so join the thousands of people around the world and help to educate people about fair-trade.
This special day is to celebrate and raise awareness of wild animals and plants from around the world. Wildlife across the world, whether it is animals or plants you have heard of or the lesser know ones, faces many challenges and threats.
Included in these are habitat loss, overgrazing, poaching, farming and development. Elephants, pangolin, rhinoceros, sharks, tigers and precious tree species are some of the most poached and trafficked species worldwide, with the deeply saddening fact that around 100,000 elephants are estimated to have been killed for their ivory between 2010-2012. There has been a positive decrease in this; however more can still be done. This is where World Wildlife Day comes in and you can help by spreading awareness and the world’s wild animals and plants in your classrooms. Make children aware of what is around the world, of different habitats and what they are like, talking about how animals and plants can be protected and generally spreading awareness of what is being done and what can be done to support the worlds wild plants and animals.
The above statement is a prominent phrase for this year’s International Women’s Day – a phrase which holds true to many issues around the world and holds particular relevance to International Women’s day.
This is a day to reflect on the significant progress that has been made in relation to equality for women and to celebrate those who have played a prominent role in the history of their countries and communities.
Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women from around the world! This is a day that has been celebrated since the early 1900’s, so please continue to mark this day with your overseas communities and help to contribute to the growing strength of International Women’s Day.
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
World Environment Day is celebrated around the world on the 5th June.
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