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9
Sep

Global Dignity Day 2016

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…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!

26
Sep

Global Dignity Day is almost here!

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.”

 

English: Yonah Martin, Canadian Senator from B...

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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16
Sep

Digital Literacy & Storytelling

Thanks to Jamie Bell of the Nunavut Research Institute for this poster!

Note: This event is occurring at 7:00PM Eastern time for teachers and others who work with youth!  Please register HERE!!!

Digital Literacy GDD Webinar

18
Sep

Global Dignity Day 2012 – Get Involved!

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).

Register

Register here!

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 Share

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.

Follow @GlobalDignity Use the hashtag #gdignity

5
Oct

Join Global Dignity Day!

Celebrating Global Dignity Day in Canada

October 20, 2011

PLEASE NOTE: Smaller activities are being created for you. Contact me if interested! (You don’t need to commit to the large event at this point. Even a little bit is good!)

Dear School Leader,

Not Just in Canada! Global Dignity Day

On October 20th classrooms and community organizations all around the world will be celebrating Global Dignity Day. As Canada’s Country Chair and life long Ontario educator, we — along with Global Dignity Day co-founders HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, professor and philosopher Pekka Himanen from Finland, and American social entrepreneur and author John Hope Bryant—are writing to ask for your support and participation as a partner in this global movement.

See Connections to Ontario Education below!

Dignity is about heart and is linked to the fragility of life and the ability to identify with, and respect, the fates of other people. The goal of Global Dignity Day is to start our students on their journey of cultivating the ability to empathize with others and to instil in them the recognition that every life has equal value. Some may be born into affluence and some into poverty, but every person deserves their own sense of dignity by having access to education, healthcare, income and security. 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, hereby promoting awareness and a social conscious during a key time in their development.

Facilitator’s Guide is available! Global Dignity Day 2011 – Facilitator’s Guide

As a participating school partner of Global Dignity Day, your commitment would involve organizing a 2.5-hour event that includes an inspirational speaker for an opening plenary, facilitated learning activities within classrooms and a follow-up plenary where students come together in order to share their dignity stories. In the attached agenda, you will find an overview of Global Dignity Day, complete with Learning Objectives and their connections to Ontario education and 21st century skills. Throughout the process, students will learn about the importance of dignity in their own lives and the lives of others, and they will realize that many people around the world are treated as if their lives are of lesser importance than others. From there, they will learn how to express in their own words what dignity means for them and they will learn how their own dignity is mutually dependent on the dignity of others.

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 2011!

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Learning Objectives

Students will learn:

  1. About the meaning of dignity through a variety of methods and perspectives.
  2. About why dignity is important.
  3. That they are able to contribute constructively to the dignity of others through the actions they choose to take.
  4. About the concept of interdependence; that helping others to live a dignified life will also contribute to their own dignity.

Connections to Ontario Education

Through interactive activities and through creating a safe space for students to share personal stories, Global Dignity Day

contributes to and aligns with Ontario education in the following ways:

The following goals, beliefs and principles from Finding Common Ground: Character Development in Ontario Schools:

  • “We want our schools to continue to be safe and to be models of effective human relationships, where students learn about and put into practice attributes such as respect, responsibility, fairness, and empathy” (pg. 9)
  • Character development must be a whole school effort (pg. 4)
  • 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 (pg. 5)
  • The increasing diversity of Ontario’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 (pg. 6)
  • 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 (pg. 6)

The following “interacting in heterogeneous groups” competencies outlined in Ontario’s Growing Success document (pg. 13):

  • The ability to relate well to others
  • The ability to cooperate and work in teams

The following Interpersonal Development Goals from the Guidance and Career Education Program:

  • Take responsibility for their own behaviour
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills required for getting along with others both within and beyond the school
  • Choose ways of interacting positively with others in a variety of situations
  • Care about others

The following “habits of mind” that researchers Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick say contribute to success in school and in life

(Growing Success, pg. 13):

  • Listening with understanding and empathy
  • Thinking interdependently
  • Thinking flexibly
  • Remaining open to continuous learning

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)

Social and Cross-Cultural Skills

  • Know when it is appropriate to listen and when to speak
  • Conduct themselves in a respectable, professional manner

Work Effectively in Diverse Teams

  • Respond open-mindedly to different ideas and values

Global Dignity Principles

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

Registration Information

As a participating school partner, we ask that you complete our online registration form as soon as possible so that we are able to support the coordination of efforts across the country as well as report back to our colleagues from around the world with the number of schools, students and volunteers who will be involved:

Registration Form link: http://www.tigurl.org/dignity

Global Dignity http://www.globaldignity.org/frontpage/

Global Dignity Blog http://www.globaldignity.org/blog/

Global Dignity on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Globaldignity

TakingITGlobal http://www.tigweb.org/

Sincerely,

Jennifer Corriero, Country Chair, Global Dignity Day Canada, Executive Director, TakingITGlobal, jenergy@takingitglobal.org | 416-977-9363 x314

Peter Skillen, Educator, peterskillen.org, peter@peterskillen.org | 647-883-7065