Thursday, September 4, 2014

Schools : International Day of Charity




International Day of Charity | UN

"Charity plays a significant role in the work of the United Nations and its agencies. On this International Day, I call on people everywhere to act on the charitable impulse that resides in every human being - to start giving and to keep on giving."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day of Charity, 5 September 2014
On 5 September, we are celebrating the International Day of CharityThe date of 5 September was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace."



Mother Teresa

International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.
On this International Day of Charity, the United Nations invites all Member States and all international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to commemorate the Day in an appropriate manner, by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities

"Of the 925 million people suffering from chronic hunger, 98 percent live in the developing worldUnlike famines that receive emergency-aid, chronic hunger is a silent, invisible, day-after-day condition."
Poverty persists in all countries of the world, ‎regardless of their economic, social and cultural situation, particularly in developing countries.


Child poverty in delveloped countries

Education:

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”


Mother Teresa
"Charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing and child protection
Child poverty in the developed world is more of an issue than many people realize, and the effects can be seen even more starkly when examining minority populations.

For some children, socializing and learning are being cruelly complicated by homelessness. And we have this reality in our classroom among some our students!


Teaching charity in school contributes to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding ‎among students.‎




In 2012 Unicef warned that poverty due the impact of global financial crisis puts children's future health, education and employment prospects at risk. It risks damaging childhoods and children's life chances.

UNICEF

Teachers in their own countries have a crucial role on the alert of poverty cases among their students.


Many schools and other educational institutions make a special effort to inform children of their rights according to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

But most important is to encourage the value of charity by small things in your lessons, every day.

To give you some ideas on how you can get started, here are the top five ways you can get involved today:


#CharityDay
Of course I don't agree to ask young students for money donation. Giving doesn't mean spending money. If it's all they have got to give, a smile is plenty in this special day.

However, to give you some ideas on how students can get started, here are some ways they can get involved today:



Activities:
  • Ask students to inform about Mother Teresa' work. by a research (ipads, smarphones) here ;
  • Charity Kitchen can take place in school organized by the students to alleviate people poverty in the city by inviting some poor people in the neighbourg; 
  • Ask your students to pack some lunches to be distributed at nearby areas;
  • Provide learning and interesting activities about Charity value: videos; movies, news about the celebrities who are involved in their own charities;
  • Spread the word on social media: Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram school accounts to tell their friends and family about the International Day of Charity. 
  • Don’t forget to use #charityday in your posts in order to join the conversation and see how others are celebrating this special occasion;
  • Volunteering: There are several charitable organizations in your community that could use some extra helping hands. If the class can’t volunteer on September 5th, call and set up a time to do so in the next couple of days. Students can even ask some of their friends or classmates to join them!

All students and teachers have time for random acts of kindness! As you go through your school day, think about simple ways students can help others. 

Do a chore without being asked, be kind to people at school even if they’re not kind to you, or go out of your way to do something nice for someone. 


“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”


Mother Teresa


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05.09.2014
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