Global Awareness Days, Health World Toilet Day
World Toilet Day? Yes, there really is one, it’s on November 19th. Go on smile, have a little laugh even, it’s perfectly alright; the man from the United Nations said we probably would. In fact, he said, “The amusement and laughter likely to follow the designation of 19 November as ‘World ToiletDay’ would all be worthwhile if people’s attention was drawn to the fact that 2.5 billion people lacked proper sanitation and 1.1 billion were forced to defecate in the open.”
Global Awareness Days, Global Concerns Clubs, Hunger, Student Action, Student Voices Bake A Difference, World Food Day
Zakiya Tyehimba is a senior at Saint Jean Baptiste High School in New York City. Her school participated in GCC’s Bake a Difference campaign, which ran from World Food Day on Oct. 16th to Make a Difference Day on Oct. 26th. All proceeds went to support Concern Worldwide‘s health and nutrition programs in the developing world.
As a teenager it is difficult to find a place where I can express my concern for developing countries. It is even more difficult to find a place that can assure me that my money will be put to good use. That is why I joined Global Concerns Classroom, a sector of Concern Worldwide where students can raise money and awareness for the struggles of developing countries. More
Educators Bank Street College of Education, Girl Rising, Global Competency, Global Education Coalition, Teacher Professional Development
Girl Rising panel from left to right: Dr. Edwin H. Gragert, Chernor Bah, Dr. Virginia Casper, Dr. Bernadette Anand, Basbibi Kakar, Nora Fyles
On Oct 25-26, members of the Global Education Coalition NYC (GEC-NYC) held two exciting events hosted by Bank Street College of Education. On Friday night, over 60 people attended the film screening of Girl Rising, a documentary produced by 10×10 that follows the stories of 9 girls from 9 countries. The film was followed by a panel discussion where the themes of access to education and girls’ rights were further explored.
Global Awareness Days, Human Rights UN Day, United Nations
Every year, countries and individuals around the world celebrate United Nations (UN) Day. It is a very special day because it marks the anniversary of when the UN Charter was officially put into action in 1945. You’ve probably heard a lot about the UN already and may know that it consists of many different Member States. So this year, we’re highlighting a part of the UN structure you may not be as familiar with—the programs and entities that help make up the very large UN system. Here are the top 10 programs and entities that, if you haven’t already heard of, you should definitely check out. More
Global Awareness Days, Women's Rights International Day of the Girl, Malala Yousafzai
Malala’s new book (Image via Google)
Everyone’s been talking about Miley Cyrus lately. While much attention has been paid to how freely one young woman has been singing, dancing, and flaunting, another young female has been making a global impact in an entirely different way. The world was astonished when Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Talib fighter two years ago for speaking out for women’s rights in her native home in Swat Valley, Pakistan. Malala, now 16 and fully recovered, continues to advocate for girls’ education and has become the youngest contender for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. More
Global Awareness Days, Student Action International Day of Charity
September 5th marks the Day of Charity, an international UN day that is designated to raise awareness about charity. So what exactly do they mean by charity? The International Day of Charity celebrates both benevolent monetary gifts as well as volunteerism. As the UN points out, “Charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises…It assists the advancement of culture, science, sports, and the protection of cultural and natural heritage. It also promotes the rights of the marginalized and underprivileged and spreads the message of humanity in conflict situations1.”
Student Action, Student Voices Speak Out, Writing Competition
Every year, Concern Worldwide hosts a writing competition where participants get the opportunity to “Speak Out!” and share their thoughts on various development issues.
In 2013, participants had three different writing prompts from which they could choose. The topics were:
- Post a blog on how you would end world hunger.
- Give a speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize for improving the lives of the world’s poorest people.
- Tell the story of what it is like to live in Haiti three years after the devastating earthquake.
Voices from the Field, Water, Women's Rights Ethiopia, Field Visit
US and Irish students and teachers meeting with members of the Terefo water committee and other community members. Terefo Village, Ethiopia
Driving through the mountains of Ethiopia from the capital, Addis Ababa, to a northern region known as Wollo, one cannot help but be impressed by the towering trees, the green, rolling hills, and the cool, crisp mountain air. Prior to traveling to Ethiopia, I had heard it was a beautiful country, but I soon realized pictures and anecdotes couldn’t do justice to the sheer beauty of the country that is known as the birthplace of humanity. Over the week I spent there, I quickly realized that the truly impressive resource of the country is not simply a beautiful landscape, but a strong, determined people who, despite extreme poverty and hunger crises year after year, have resilient spirits and the determination to not only survive but to thrive in what can be unforgiving conditions. More
Poverty, Student Action Microfinance, Southwind High School
Cora Texas Manufacturing, White Castle, LA (Photograph by Landon Hawthorne)
I’ve had the pleasure this past year to help support a Microfinance class at Southwind High School in Memphis, TN. After a year of learning about poverty both globally and in the U.S., students went on a trip to see firsthand some microfinance projects in action along the Mississippi Delta. Read about their incredible trip and check out their website for more details on their 3-year student project.
Education, Educators Concern, Global Concerns Classroom, Liberia, Teacher Appreciation Day
Mrs. Naughton and Mrs. Conley at the GCC Annual Workshop.
May 7th is Teacher Appreciation Day and we would like to take a moment to recognize the great work of our GCC teachers here in the states as well as the teachers and teaching assistants that work in Concern Worldwide’s education programs overseas. We are so lucky to have some amazingly dedicated teachers who work with us to bring issues of global poverty into their classrooms and after-school clubs. They not only teach students about the greater world around them, but they empower and inspire youth to take action to make the world around them a better and more just place. More