Daily Archives: August 16, 2013

Who Will You Make Peace With?

Posted by Peter MUIR

Peace Day, Saturday 21 September 2013 is set to be the biggest yet, with millions of people around the world joining together to celebrate peace.  Peace Day is not only about a reduction of violence in areas of conflict, it is also about reducing violence in our homes, communities and schools.

So on Peace Day 21 September…

What can you say to make peace with someone?

What can you do to make peace with someone?

…who will you make peace with?


World Literacy Day

Posted by Peter MUIR

Imagine a day without reading something – and not just in books or magazines.  Signs, shopping, looking at ingredients – literacy skills are required daily, but we often overlook how important these skills are.   There is an estimated 860 million adults around the world who are illiterate.  Of this number almost two-thirds are women.  International Literacy Day focuses attention on literacy issues and the need to raise public awareness and support for this cause.    Take a look here for some details about the issue of literacy, as well as some resources that you could use if you chose to take action about this issue as a part of your C&S or CAS efforts.

World Humanitarian Day

Posted by Peter MUIR

worldhumanitatriandayAugust 19 is World Humanitarian Day.  This event aims to increase public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and the importance of international cooperation. It also honors all humanitarians who have worked in the promotion of humanitarian causes, and those who have lost their lives in the cause of this duty.   The official event Facebook page contains more details about the day, and includes some ideas on how you could get involved.   Check it out!

International Youth Day

Posted by Peter MUIR

Last week saw the celebration of International Youth Day, a day designated by the United Nations to focus on the issues they care about most.  Take a look here at some of the activities by youth taking action around the world at the Global Youth Action Network.   Also here you will find some more stories about youth taking action around the globe – and perhaps also some inspiration for your own C&S or CAS programme.  Additionally, click here to see some ideas for activities that you could have done to get involved in this day.  Check them out and consider how you could incorporate them into your C&S or CAS programme.

One organisation is focusing on this quote by former UN general-secretary Kofi Annan as a part of their campaign to get youth involved in taking action: “You are never too young to lead.”     See their video below.