Global Dignity Day Canada – A Call for Participation !gdd logo

Fellow educators!

On Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, schools and organizations from around the world will once again celebrate Global Dignity Day (GD).

I am a teacher and I am privileged to be on the Canadian organizing committee once again!

There are wonderful resources and Facilitator Guides on the Canadian Global Dignity site to help you with activities for your classroom or school!

“…every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life.”

What is Global Dignity?

Global Dignity (GD) (www.globaldignity.org) is an independent, international, non-political and non-partisan organization focused on empowering individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Established in 2005, by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, GD is linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum, in which leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society join efforts to improve the state of the world.

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HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2013 Success Story!

Last October, close to 15,000 students in 65 schools from Nunavut to British Columbia, alongside 365,000 students from around the world organized to celebrate human dignity and to empower all those around us to live with mutual respect, tolerance and kindness. What’s more, for the first time we reached over 290,000 people around the world on Twitter alone! Culminating with a national videoconference on Parliament Hill, which linked 1,200 students from coast-to-coast, we were thrilled with the enthusiasm and support that GD received from all walks of life.

“15,000 students in Canada from Nunavut to British Columbia.”

 

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Yonah Martin, Canadian Senator from British Columbia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We were also honoured with the support of politicians of all stripes, including: Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. John Baird; Health Minister, the Hon. Rona Ambrose; Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau; Deputy Leader of the New Democratic Party, Megan Leslie; Senator Yonah Martin, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate; Halifax MP Scott Brison; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Jeffrey Copenace and Inuit film maker Innosar Issakiark, to name a few.

In addition to our Canadian organizational partners – including TakingITGlobal, Right To Play, The World Economic Forum’s Canadian Global Shapers, YMCA Canada, The Canadian Commission to UNESCO and Adobe Youth Voices, amongst several others – we also received significant news coverage from CBC North, George Strombolopoulous, GlobalTV, CTV Barrie, The Ottawa Citizen (in their front page Throne speech article), the Huffington Post, the Montreal Global Shapers and the international Chinese television station NDTV.

GD Canada’s 2014 “Many Faces of Dignity” campaign celebrates the varied and diverse interpretations of human dignity and how these forces play out in our lives, like youth empowerment, anti-bullying, cultural diversity and beyond.

What is Required?

There is no cost to take part in GD and events have been designed to range anywhere from 15 minutes, to two hours, or even a full day. What’s more, GD celebrations are flexible and easy to integrate into any classroom setting. This year’s “Many Faces of Dignity” campaign celebrates the varied and diverse interpretations of human dignity and how these forces play out in our lives. By extension, this provides students with the opportunity to explore issues like youth empowerment, anti-bullying, cultural diversity and beyond.

“GD celebrations are flexible and easy to integrate into any classroom setting.”

In the attached agenda, you will find an overview of GD, complete with learning objectives. Throughout the GD process, students will learn about the importance of dignity in their own lives and the lives of others. From there, they will learn how to express what dignity means for them and they will learn how their own dignity is mutually dependent on the dignity of others.

Students Can Make a Difference!

Overall, it is our hope that by acknowledging existing inequalities, students will see that they have the ability to impact and enrich the lives of others through their own actions and choices, thereby promoting awareness and a social consciousness during a key time in their development.

“…promote awareness and a social consciousness…”

I encourage you to consider championing this global movement and help us to transform young lives, revitalize communities in Canada’s North, and mobilize young people from around the world to act for global change.

Register Your School

Visit www.globaldignity.ca and register your school / organization! Share this invitation with any individuals, groups and organizations who may be interested in supporting, volunteering or encouraging more people to participate in this important movement.

Get the PLAYMC2 App

Get the PLAYMC2 app and join the Less. More. campaign! Students will love posting their dignity microactions!!

 


Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn about the importance of dignity in their own lives and the lives of others.
  • Students will learn to express in their own words what dignity means for them and their lives.
  • Students will learn about how their own dignity is mutually dependent on the dignity of others.
  • Students will name something they are for and what they want to do during the course of the next year to strengthen the dignity of others.

Connections to Education:

  • Character development must be a whole school effort.
  • Character development supports student achievement because it: develops the whole student as an individual (as an engaged learner and as a citizen); contributes to respectful, safe, caring and inclusive school environments that are prerequisites for learning; creates learning environments that are positive and collaborative so that teachers spend less time disciplining and more time doing what they do best – namely, teaching.
  • The increasing diversity of Canada’s population creates an opportunity for us to determine the beliefs and principles we hold in common. When school boards engage a wide cross-section of their communities in building consensus on character attributes, they are, in essence, engaged in a process of finding common ground.
  • The principles and attributes of character development are universal, based in equity and transcend differences as well as other demographic factors. Empathy for others and respect for the dignity of all persons are essential characteristics of an inclusive society.

Connections to 21st Century Skills:

Global Awareness

  • Learning from individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect

Communication and Collaboration

  • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts
  • Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions
  • Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade)

Global Dignity Principles:

  • Every human being has a right to a dignified life;
  • A dignified life means the opportunity to fulfill your potential. This means having a humane level of healthcare, education;
  • Dignity means having the freedom to make decisions about your life and to be treated with respect with regard to this right;
  • Dignity should be the basic guiding principle behind all actions;
  • Ultimately, our dignity depends upon the dignity of others.

Global Dignity Day Overview (approx. 2 hours total):

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