Saturday, August 18, 2012

Schools World Humanitarian Day values : resources & activities

World Humanitarian Day

“This year’s World Humanitarian Day presents an historic opportunity to bring together one billion people from around the world to advance a powerful and proactive idea: People Helping People. That is the best way to honour the many fallen aid workers we mourn today, and to celebrate the efforts of others who carry on their noble mission by rushing assistance to those who are suffering.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Next Sunday, 19 August, is the World Humanitarian Day. World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people.

People helping people
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"Natural disasters, conflicts and other emergencies threaten the lives and health of millions of people every year. In the middle of such crises, thousands of dedicated humanitarian workers strive to care for those who have been affected and support local authorities to deliver assistance. On World Humanitarian Day, WHO and other international bodies are highlighting the roles performed by humanitarian workers, and remembering aid workers who have been killed or injured while performing their vital roles."

World Humanitarian Day is the time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 UN staff. Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq. 

credits: EU

Europe has a long and proud tradition of humanitarian service and is the birthplace of many of the world’s largest and most efficient relief organizations.
Throughout the years, EU Member States have engaged actively and donated generously to support the victims of numerous humanitarian emergencies.

Every day, humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are. World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people.

EU Human Rights
This year’s campaign I Was Here is about making your mark by doing something good, somewhere, for someone else.

"Humanitarian Day" has recruited Beyonce Knowles to be its face and she released a video of her song "I Was Here", filmed in the UN general assembly, to mark the day. 


Humanitarianism it’s human beings at their cooperative, collaborative best and it happens all over the place, everyday, through informal activities that are built naturally into healthy communities and relationships.

Level: All levels (educators must adapt the activities to the level they are teaching).

Curriculum: Civics as a cross-curricular ; other.

Humanitarianism can be teach at school. Young people begin to understand some values as :
  • Community: Build a pro-active, socially-minded global family through respect, support and inclusion.
  • Positivity: Cultivate change with foresight, optimism and encouragement.
  • Integrity: Believe in the sincerity, honesty and power of words and actions.
  • Empowerment: Create opportunities for all within the community to learn, grow and challenge.  Provide tools and knowledge to foster skills and maximize potential.
  • Responsibility: Manage resources efficiently to ensure sustainable social impact.
To show support for World Humanitarian Day, the students might be invited to do one of these ten good deeds:

10 Good Deeds

Students might understand that we don't have to be a UN staffer or aid worker to take part of World Humanitarian Day. 

In addition pledging support through social media networks, Facebook or Twitter (school accounts), I Was Here encourages students and educators to commit to do one good deed for someone in need this Sunday.

I Was Here

"It's high time we rise together. Do one thing for another human being. Nothing is too small. It begins with each of us."

Beyoncé, World Humanitarian Day PSA



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