If you're anything like us, you're probably just glad to have made it through 2016 and planning 2017 is not really right at the top of 'things you want to do'.
So, I thought that I would send you a helpful list of dates that will assist you in planning some of your HASS activities for the new year!
International observances, days of significance or interest are helpful to highlight an area of concern, focus student's attention and help you plan out curriculum topics (not to mention they also provide a great source of activities and resources!).
Below I have summarised the bigger days on the HASS calendar - you can also download a copy here.
Of course, many of the activities and stories in our Just Like Me? resources cover many of these issues and Just One Day is a great way to show students that the next step after learning, is action!
Download/view our Just Like Me? resources here, and our Just One Day resources/information here.
FEB 20 World Day of Social Justice
World Day of Social Justice was established to encourage people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication, particularly through social and economic exclusion. Really this is about putting people at the centre of development plans, working for safer, just and more stable societies.
MAR 21 Harmony Day
Harmony Day is a school favourite - a day to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone, a day for all Australians to embrace cultural diversity and to share what we have in common. Why not take this further and talk about global harmony?
MAR 20-24 Cultural Diversity Week
Run by Victoria's multicultural commission, Cultural Diversity Week aims to bring together Victorians from all walks of life to promote community harmony and celebrate the many cultures that make up our diverse society. What a great opportunity to reinforce that although we have many differences, we are all the same!
MAR 22 UN World Water Day
World Water Day is an opportunity to talk about how access to clean and safe water is a basic staple of life for everyone, wherever they live. Access to drinkable water remains one of the most important development issues and challenges faced, with women and children carrying the burden of collection.
APR 07 UN World Health Day
Run by the World Health Organisation, World Health Day is an opportunity to address the many health issues facing communities around the world. Whether it be depression (the focus for 2017) or the many easily preventable and treatable illnesses like Malaria and Typhoid that claim many lives, this is an opportunity to investigate how important good health is.
APR 14-17 Easter
Easter is a time for chocolate, family, and for many people a time of deep spiritual reflection about grace and forgiveness. In the lead up Lenten period, sacrifice is also a key theme, and a great opportunity to be generous and help those around us.
MAY 15 International Day of Families
Where would we be without families? It sounds rather obvious, however families, in particular parents, have a unique role in ensuring the health and well-being of children. All around the world families look different and face varying challenges - the International Day of Families is a good opportunity to look into them!
JUN 01 Universal Children's Day
Universal Children's Day highlights the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and promotes international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide to improve children's welfare. It's a great way to start the conversation about child rights and the lives of children around the world.
JUL 12 Malala Day
Malala Day is a day dedicated to reaching the goal of all children, especially girls, to be in school and learning. Malala's example of campaigning for equal access to education for girls everywhere in the face of great opposition is admirable and a great way to start a discussion on the importance of education.
SEP 18-22 Global Goals Week
Last year, the 17 Global Goals (or Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs for short) were agreed upon by 193 world leaders with the aim to tackle global poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. They are a great starting point to begin a conversation about global issues and the role that each of us plays in the sustainability of our world. Remember - sustainability isn't just about the environment, in geographical terms we also talk about social, economic and political sustainability as well!
SEP 21 International Day of Peace
International Day of Peace is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples, particularly important at a time of where conflict and persecution have resulted in record numbers of displaced people (65.3 million in 2015).
OCT 11 International Day of the Girl Child
All over the world, girls, for no other reason than their gender, struggle to gain basic equality. Being the 'wrong gender' means that girls in many countries are married younger, considered less important, don't have access to education and spend much of their time doing menial household chores (like collecting water). This is a day dedicated to creating gender equality.
OCT 16-20 Anti-Poverty Week
Including the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on the Oct 17, Anti-Poverty Week is a week dedicated to strengthening the understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia - a focus week for those less fortunate than us all over the world.
OCT 16 UN World Food Day
World Food Day is a day about the goal of zero hunger! Hunger and malnutrition is a major issue around the world. Changing this can see millions of lives saved, stronger economies, healthier babies and a safer and more prosperous world for everyone!
NOV 13 World Kindness Day
The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion; and realise we are citizens of the world - this is a great day to highlight global citizenship, and the need to reach out with kindness and understanding.
NOV 19 World Toilet Day
World Toilet Day is a day to draw global attention to sanitation issues - still 1 in 3 people in the world don't have access to a clean and safe toilet, with 1,000 children dying each day due to poor sanitation. Improving this situation is the key to better health for all, particularly women and children.
DEC 03 International Day of Disabled Persons
International Day of Disabled Persons aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability. Particularly in developing countries, poor attitudes and lack of infrastructure lead to many disadvantages for people who have disabilities.
DEC 10 World Human Rights Day
Commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, World Human Rights Day is a celebration of the commitment to the fundamental freedoms and rights that protect us. Today, poverty is the greatest threat to basic human rights.