…students learn about the importance of dignity…
Hello teachers and other school leaders!
On Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, schools and organizations from around the world will once again celebrate Global Dignity Day (GD). This year’s celebration marks the tenth anniversary of Global Dignity Day in Canada, and we hope you will celebrate with us from coast-to-coast-to-coast!
Global Dignity (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. It is celebrated every year in October and now has over 500,000 participants in 60 countries around the world.
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.
Last year Global Dignity Day connected 2,000 students and young leaders across Canada, in eight schools, from Nova Scotia to Nunavut. Along with our organizational partners and event sponsor, The Samuel Family Foundation, we were also joined in celebration by Rwandan Genocide survivor and public speaker, Emery Rutagonya and National Role Model, Ashley Callingbull, Mrs. Universe 2015, who both shared their dignity stories.
Every year, throughout the GD celebrations, students learn about the importance of dignity in their own lives and the lives of others. From there, they learn how to express what dignity means for them and how their own dignity is mutually dependent on the dignity of others.
A decade after its first Global Dignity Day event in Canada, the movement has impacted over 1.5 million young people around the world and aims to impact many more in the years ahead. 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.
For more information please visit www.globaldignity.ca, or click here to register your school or organization for this year’s celebration on October 12th, 2016. You may also wish to 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. Kindly register your school by October 5th at the latest if you intend to participate.
Thank you for supporting our youth!
Global Dignity Day: making ‘dignity’ understandable for students
One of our goals as educators is to nurture students into becoming decent human beings who will make the world a better place—for themselves and for others.
This is why many teachers are engaging in global projects that are authentic and, therefore, meaningful to young people.
The Global Dignity Day initiative achieves this and it allows people to get involved with as much effort as you wish. You can do a little—or you can do a lot. This makes it very accessible to all of us and still results in deep understanding of what dignity means to people across a wide range of our global experiences.
You can see lots more detail about Global Dignity Day at the main site or at your specific country site. Canadian educators, please check Global Dignity Day Canada. It has been my privilege to serve on this committee for the past several years along with some wonderful Canadians who care deeply about our young people.
For a quick visual overview, watch this amazing video from Global Dignity Day Canada 2015. If you wish to know more, or have any questions, please check the sites or simply ask me. I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.
It would be wonderful to have you join us this year for Global Dignity Day 2016!
NOTE: Submitting a Dignity Day Story is ONE of the activities related to Global Dignity Day. Please visit GlobalDignity.ca for other ways to become involved. We would love you to host a Dignity Day event for your students! Find out how.
Creating & Submitting a Dignity Day Story
Everybody has a unique dignity story about a person, event or place. As part of Global Dignity Day Canada 2013, we’re asking you to submit your dignity day story to share with students and youth across Canada and from around the world.
By sharing our stories, we hope we can better understand each other, our experiences and why it’s important to live with mutual understanding, respect and compassion for ourselves and everyone around us. Please follow the guidelines below to submit your unique story and share what dignity means to you!
Within the “Many Faces of Dignity” framework, we’re cultivating engagement and action through four main pillars, including: Arts and Media; Healthy Living and Recreation; Community Building; and Sharing Food: Celebrating Life.
Two of these lend themselves to the creation and sharing of Dignity Day stories that you can submit to be shared in a new online gallery hosted at http://www.globaldignity.ca
a) Arts & Media — ‘What Does Dignity Mean to You?’ – this is an open-ended theme for you, and
b) Community Building — ‘Have a Senior Moment with Your Kids’
Pick one or both!
WHAT DOES DIGNITY MEAN TO YOU?
Consider what dignity means to you. Can you think of any stories that come to mind? If not, do you have any pictures that you think have dignity in them? Or could you paint a picture of what dignity looks like? Put your creative energies to work through video, writing, visual arts, social media, and more.
HAVE A SENIOR MOMENT WITH YOUR KIDS!
As part of Global Dignity Day Canada 2013, we’re encouraging you to ‘Have a senior moment with your kids!’ This is one example of how to share a dignity day story. Your students can create and submit a dignity day ‘story’ to share with students and other youth across Canada and from around the world. As with any other theme you may choose, we encourage you to use many different forms of expression to tell these stories.
By sharing our stories, we demonstrate appreciation, respect and honour for the elderly members of our communities. Their lives have touched many and we want you to capture significant moments in their lives by meeting with an elderly person you know or by meeting someone you haven’t known before.
Below is a guideline to create and submit your unique dignity story in line with the theme of sharing a senior moment:
1) Meet with an elderly relative or friend. This could also be an opportunity to meet a new elderly person in your community – through a place of worship or community centre. Develop a relationship with that individual.
2) Through relationship and conversation, determine what is of significance to the senior. What was a most significant point in their life? What memory do they hold dear?
3) Capture the ‘story’ with the tools you need in order to create your chosen method – if you are writing a story, have pen and paper or a computer. If you choose to use visual arts of video, have your tools ready! (see Possible Story Formats below for suggestions).
4) Create your dignity day story in one of the formats below. Ask a friend, parent or teacher if you have questions or if you need help.
2. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
Submission Guidelines (for teachers, youth leaders & parents or students 18 years or older)
To submit your ‘story’, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- the link (URL) to the site where you have created or uploaded your artifact (story)
- please make your email subject line reads: Global Dignity Day Story – (the name of your school or home town/province)
- In your submission email, make sure to include:
- the number of stories being submitted
- the theme of each – a) What Does Dignity Mean To You? or b) Have a Senior Moment with Your Kids!
- a primary point of contact (first and last name)
- the name of the school (organization), the city, the province,
- a phone number and an email address for possible follow-up.
All dignity day stories must be submitted to email@example.com no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on October 10th, 2013 in order to be included in the national celebrations. If you have questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Question: Global Dignity Day Story
3. POSSIBLE STORY FORMATS
These are just a few ideas on how you can work to share a story. Submit a more traditional piece or try one of the Web 2.0 tools!
Please contact email@example.com if you would like some help getting started.
- 1-2 minute movie or a longer video memoir (max 12 minutes) – uploaded to YouTube, TeacherTube, Vimeo, etc.
- Written piece (poem, prose)
- Podcast (many tools available – I used PodOmatic )
- Six-word story (image with 6 words on it)
- Wiki page
- Blog post
- Google doc or Google presentation
- Google Earth or Maps multimedia presentation
- Bitstrips for Schools (requires paid account or licence as in Ontario)
- other! (Basically any Web 2.0 tool that allows you to create something on their site will work! As long as you are able to share the URL with us, go for it!)
A Webinar to Support You!
Monday, September 16, 2013 7:00 – 7:45 PM EST
(This event is for Canadian participants. If you are outside of Canada, please check Global Dignity site.)
The Sixth Annual Global Dignity Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16th, 2013, and will be celebrated in over 50 countries around the world. This year we build upon the great success of last year’s event during which hundreds of thousands of youth participated across 50 countries.
What is Global Dignity Day?
Established in 2005, Global Dignity Day 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. A dignified life is defined as one where you have the opportunity to fulfill your potential, are treated with respect and have freedom of choice.
On this day, role models from across the country – including parents, educators, athletes, Senators, former and current Members of Parliament as well as international business and thought leaders – join thousands of volunteers to make the day possible. In Canada, role models will speak with youth across the country from Nunavut to British Columbia with the aim to instill a positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow. Within this year’s theme, “the many faces of dignity”, students will be able to explore several facets of dignity.
How Can You and Your Students be Involved?
Get a great preview of this initiative at GlobalDignity.ca. The Global Dignity team wants to make it easy for you!! So you will see that there is a Facilitator’s Guide, an Express Guide (for shorter activities!) and a guide to help your students to produce and submit a Dignity Day story. It’s pretty awesome because we offer youth the opportunity to produce their Dignity Day stories by traditional means or with some cool Web 2.0 tools!
Join our Webinar to get More Info!
Now join us for a webinar to learn how to participate by:
- Submitting a Dignity Day Story
- Hosting a Dignity Day event
- Using the Dignity Day App (Yes! A brand new Social Action app!)
When: Monday, September 16, 2013 7:00 – 7:45 PM EST (Come early to check your connections – from 6:15 PM on!)
Where: Blackboard Collaborate – REGISTER HERE!
- Giovanna Mingarelli, National Chair, Global Dignity Canada
- Peter Skillen, Steering Committee, Global Dignity Canada; OTF Connects Facilitator
- Brenda Sherry, OTF Connects Facilitator
Headset: Please have a headset with microphone. (Those you use with a cell phone work fine!) If you are in a quiet room by yourself, a headset with mic may not be as necessary!
Computer: Joining the session is usually straightforward – but there can sometimes be challenges with different browsers and so on! Hint: Join us any time after 6:15 so that we can try to sort that out! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with challenges!
A BIG thank you from Canada’s Global Dignity Day National Chairs & Steering Committee to the Ontario Teachers’ Federation for its generosity in hosting the webinar on its Blackboard Collaborate service!
Contact Info:email@example.com Peter Skillen Steering Committee, Global Dignity Canada
Below is a letter from Giovanna Mingarelli, the Chair of the Canadian Global Dignity Day committee!
I am SOOOO excited.
It’s my great pleasure to share with you our successful results for Global Dignity Day Canada 2012 moving into our national activities tomorrow.
After much anticipation, we’ve far surpassed our goals for this year with now over 53 schools registered and close to 9,000 students participating in the day from Nunavut all the way to British Columbia. What’s more, tomorrow we join 350,000 students in over 50 countries to celebrate human dignity and to empower all those around us to live with mutual respect, tolerance and kindness.
Tomorrow we will be hosting a national videoconference event on Parliament Hill linking over 1,200 students from across the country to share in the day’s celebrations.
We’ll be joined by our national role models who include: Founder of TakingITGlobal, Jennifer Corriero, NDP MP Niki Ashton, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, Jeffrey Copenace from the Assembly of First Nations, traditional Inuit researcher, Curtis Konek, Ryan Hreljac, the Founder of Ryan’s Well and our event’s keynote speaker, Wesley Prankard, the Founder of Northernstarfish. While she’ll be in South Korea for the event, a great thanks goes out to Senator Yonah Martin and her office for all of their efforts in supporting tomorrow’s activities. You can tuned in to the video conference from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. here: http://www.livestream.com/globalencounters.
Our role model videos, now live HERE, will also be aired in classrooms across the country as inspirational messages to teachers and students. Be sure to also check out our new Heroes Trailer, reflecting one of the main themes this year. You can also read more about us in this week’s Hill Times, our Global Dignity article in the Toronto Star as well as my most recent blog post for the World Economic Forum.
I encourage you to tune in tomorrow and to celebrate Global Dignity Day by sharing all of this with friends, family and colleagues in support of this special day. Finally, if you tweet, please support us by Tweeting it to #gdignity.
Thank you for all of your support in recent months – very much looking forward to this!!
Celebrating Global Dignity Day in Canada
October 17, 2012
Dear Teacher, School Leader, Youth Worker!
This is an awesome opportunity to help you teach your students about human rights and dignity.
“The mission of Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. We all have the ability to increase the dignity of others and thus we increase our own dignity. The more dignity we have, the brighter our world will be.”
Global Dignity Day was established in 2005, by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen.
“The Fifth Annual Global Dignity Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17th, 2012, and will be celebrated in over 50 countries around the world. This year we build upon the great success of last year’s event during which tens of thousands of youth participated across 25 countries.”
For complete information please visit the Canadian Global Dignity Day site.
Host Your Own Dignity Day Session
You can host your own Dignity Day session at your school. Have a facilitator come in and speak to your students about dignity. Facilitators can be plumbers, health workers, bankers… in short, anyone that want to see young people become their best self can be a role model.
“A typical Dignity Day session lasts about two hours. The facilitator usually starts by telling his or her own story about dignity. Then, the children are asked to define dignity in their own words. After discussing the Dignity Principles, the children tell their own stories in front of the class. Finally, they typically write a letter to themselves stating what they want to achieve for themselves and others through dignity. A year later, these letters are sent back to the students.”
Download These Guides
Please download the complete Facilitator’s Guide for more details on hosting your own Dignity Day event.
Short on Time? Try this Express Guide!
To hold a quick dignity day session, consult the 2012 Global Dignity Day Canada Express Guide(each session within takes less than 30 minutes with very little prep time).
GDD Supports Ontario’s Education Initiatives
It is clear that children and youth everywhere face an opportunity gap. However, the fact that the gap is man-made means that we have control over its size. Educating our students about dignity and empathy will help narrow this gap by fostering school learning environments that are respectful of diversity, and that are caring and collaborative. Global Dignity Day therefore supports Ontario initiatives and documents, such as Growing Success and Finding Common Ground: Character Development in Ontario Schools, by promoting inclusion, safe schools and anti-bullying.
Your support of Global Dignity Day will help us to involve as many students and schools as possible. We hope that you will accept our invitation and join as a participating school of Global Dignity Day 2012!
Please feel free to share this information FAR and WIDE – to your local colleagues and those at a distance. We are a small world now.
For complete information please visit the Canadian Global Dignity Day site.
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