World Migratory Bird Day
10 May 2020
This is an important day in bird conservation. The day was introduced to create more awareness on protecting birds and their natural habitats. The theme in 2020 is: “Birds Connect Our World!” Many schools already take part in numerous events on this day, including bird-watching and bird-counting, virtual dramas and painting exhibitions.
International Nurses Day
11 May 2020
This year's theme is” Nursing the World to Health”. 2020 marks 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Did you know, that "nurses account for more than half of all the world’s health workers", according to the WHO, "yet there is an urgent shortage of nurses worldwide with 5.9 million more nurses still needed".
International Day of Families
14 May 2020
The International Day of Families shall create awareness of the role of families and family policies in regards to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 13) of the UN: which include improving education and integration of climate measure into policies. The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them."
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
16 May 2020
In 2020, the motto of this international day is: 'Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'. The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is celebrated annually since 1969. The special day shall help raise awareness of internet-based technologies and promote coding lessons in schools and sustainable use of information and communication technology. The image shows Sophia, the world's first 'fake human' robot.
World Bee Day
19 May 2020
Bees and other pollinators are vital for our environment. "Bees play a crucial role in increasing crop yields and promoting food security and nutrition. Without them, we could lose a variety of food such as potatoes, pepper, coffee, pumpkins, carrots, apples, almonds, tomatoes, just to name a few." Without bees all people would suffer hunger. Let's create awareness about the importance of beekeeping and celebrate bees and beekeepers on this day. See the toolkit below.
Cultural Diversity Day
20 May 2020
This international day was established to bridge the gap between different cultures and establish a dialogue between different peoples to foster mutual understanding. It is vital to tackle racism and discrimination in our communities. Thus this day will create awareness about the different racial, ethnic and religious groups in society and increase mutual understanding.
World Biodiversity Day
21 May 2020
2020 marks the 27th anniversary of World Biodiversity Day. The UN introduced the day to safeguard plant variety and life on earth. Promotion of a sustainable lifestyle, responsible use and sharing of resources and the conservation of diversity are main goals.
22 May 2020
Eid-ul-fitr marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadan which is a month of fasting and prayer in Islam. This day is celebrated by more than 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide. The day of Eid is the day of breaking the fast and celebrations take place over up to three days. Muslims congregate together in prayer thanking for help and blessings. Families and friends are visited and festive meals are enjoyed.
24 May 2020
Africa Day marks the day the African Union was formed in 1963. The official celebrations will take place at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, while celebrations will be held around the world, usually with African festivals but this year the festival will be going digital. This is a public holiday in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Mali. Have you done our Africa quiz yet?
World Bicycle Day
02 Jun 2020
World Bicycle Day was first adopted by the UN in 2018 and since then this day is celebrated by cyclists all over the world on 3 June. Various campaigns will take place on this day to create more awareness about sustainable mobility and transport, road safety and promote health, education and safe bicycling.
World Environment Day
04 Jun 2020
The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is: "Biodiversity." Did you know that only 15% of the world's wetlands still exist today? The World Environment Day theme for 2020 invites us to consider how the restoration of nature and reversal of biodiversity loss can be achieved. This year's global host country is Colombia.
Russian Language Day
05 Jun 2020
The Russian Language Day celebrates multilingualism and cultural diversity. Russian is one of the six working languages of the United Nations. The day coincides with the birthday of Aleksander Pushkin, a Russian poet who is considered the father of modern Russian literature.
World Oceans Day
07 Jun 2020
World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. The motto for 2020 is 'Together we can protect our home.' Click below to access lesson packs and other resources and a great upcycling guide created by and for young people.
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