Thursday, August 18, 2016

Civics education : World Humanitarian Day 2016

credits: UNocha

"World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk." 

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

World Humanitarian Day is observed every year on 19 August as a way to recognize those who face‪ ‎danger‬ and adversity in order to help‬ others.


Every day, humanitarian aid workers stand on the front lines of war and disaster, braving tremendous dangers and difficulties to deliver assistance to those who need it most.

The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad which claimed the lives of 22 of our United Nations colleagues.

Serving the cause of ‪‎peace‬ is a dangerous occupation. Today and always we UN and all of us ‪‎remember‬ the humanitarians.

Serving the cause of ‪‎peace is a dangerous occupation. 

World Humanitarian Summit
credits: UN

World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.
The theme 2016 is "One Humanity"
This World Humanitarian Day, the UN and its partners are calling for global solidarity with the more than 130 million people around the world who need humanitarian assistance to survive. 
"Under the theme of ‘One Humanity’, World Humanitarian Day will highlight how the world came together in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit earlier in May this year, and made commitments to support people affected by crisis and ensure that aid workers can safely and more effectively deliver to those in need."

credits: UNOchoa
Following on the ‘Impossible Choices’ campaign earlier this year, the WHD digital campaign The World You’d Rather will launch on 19 August. 
Featuring a quiz based on the popular game Would you rather, the digital campaign will bring to light the very real scenarios faced by people in crisis. 
After being confronted with challenging choices, users will be able to share a personalized graphic on social media, tweet their world leader and learn about the Agenda for Humanity.

credits: UNOCHOA


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.

How can we not include WHD into the school curriculum? Civics is the right curriculum however every curriculum must talk about solidarity and do some activities in the classroom or online (a students blog, for example).

And why not join the humanitarians in simple acts as a part of Civics Education: Inspiring our students since the early age is  a value that we can't waste.

Activities :

Students can take the Humanitarian Quiz What world would you rather live inThe World You’d Rather;

Send a message of support directly on WHD website;

Do a #selfie of a humanitarian actin and/or do a shot of a good action they saw on the street, at the school, even at home;

Using the #sharehumanity hashtag they can advocate for solidarity to the more than 130 million people affected by crisis;

Perhaps they have in the family, a member who is a volunteer? They will be proud to share the story and a pic - who knows - with you and their classmates;

Share their class projects on the official school website, on a blog if the class have one and on the social media school account: Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Google +;

They will love to interact with some students from other schools of the world by social media;

Write letters to Syrian children from the Unicef website.
Level : All levels

Of course educators will include different activities adjusting to the level they are teaching. I'm sure you will be creative.

Curriculum : Civics; Languages ; Geography ; History ; Photography ; Music ; other.

“With solidarity, you will be more talented and handier, you will be taller and stronger, faster and wiser!” 

Mehmet Murat ildan


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  1. Thank you so much USA readers! 4628 today!! You are fabulous and so kind!