“Let us unite, seven billion strong, in the name of the global common good.”UN Secretary – General Ban Ki-moon.
United Nations day is celebrated on the 24th of October every year. It is celebrated and highlighted each year to promote a common goal: To seek inspiration and opportunities to make a difference and aspire for a better humanity,for a better world.
United Nations has been founded way back October 24 1945 after world war 2 has ended. There were 51 committed countries that solemnly gathered in San Franscisco, US of A to take part in the launching of the Official United Nations’ Day. These 51 countries are committed to reach out and are pioneers for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.
The United Nations Charter has 4 main aims. Source
1.To keep peace throughout the world
2.To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
3.To develop friendly relations among nations;
4.To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.
How many of us is aware that there are people out there, countries, who are actually involved in trying to resolve international conflicts? How many of us care about the war in Syria? about the severe poverty in many countries in Asia, in Africa? about the abused women and children in the middle east? Soldiers and innocent civilians dying or risking their lives?
United Nations day will remind us that this is the time to think about human race as one and we are undivided regardless of our race, our color, our status in the society. This is the time to shake hands and salute to other flags. Because this is what being united is all about.
Last Friday 19th October, I had a privilege to join and celebrate the UN’s day with the rest of the world at Changchun American International School.
It was fun to check each nation station and see what they showcase that identify and represent their identity and reputation such as famous person, traditional costumes, local food, local products, their poetry, books and a lot more.
United Nations Day Meaningful Learning Objectives for our Kids
1. To be able to view this event as an opportunity to make friends with other nationalities regardless of race, color, language or status in the society.
2. To recognize differences in culture, customs and traditions, and make it as a turning point for welcoming new ideas and knowledge to cherish and respect.
3. To understand the morals and values we particularly believe in and how these influence our willingness to reach out and help others who are in desperate needs regardless of who we are.
Activities we can do with our kids to emphasize the event:
1. Flag painting
2. Making or writing a slogan
3. Role – playing
4. showcasing arts and crafts pertaining to UN’s day celebration (local and international)
5. showcasing national dances or songs
6. story telling
7. Essay writing
There are still a lot more photos I took that day, but I can’t put everything here. Thanks to all the parents, teachers, kids and students who participated in the event and also big credit to CAIS for hosting it. It was a great UN’s day!