As we wait for the main event on October 16th, here's a sneak preview of what to expect in 2013 from the founders of Global Dignity.
Global Dignity Summit, Oslo, April 2013
Just for Kids Law DIrector and chair of Global Dignity in the UK, Shauneen Lambe, has fed back from this year's Global Dignity summit:
"This year’s annual summit took place again in Norway at the home of HKH Haakon.
Country chairs from USA, Turkey, Bangladesh, Uganda, Germany, Italy and Indonesia were present along with all the founders of Global Dignity.
I took part in a Dignity Day in a Norwegian school where students bravely stood up and told their stories about how they had overcome bullying or their families had taken in asylum seekers as foster children.
Last year, Global Dignity reached over 350,000 children worldwide. In our inaugural year in the UK, we were able to reach 1000 school children and this year plan to work with even more.
We set out our plans for Global Dignity UK, which includes partnerships with right to Play, the Reader, Birthrights and Toynbee Hall – which we are really excited about.
Global Dignity Day this year will take place on Wednesday 16th October"
You can read our full briefing for Global Dignity Day 2013 in the UK here.
Kasim Kasuri, CEO of the Beaconhouse School System also attended the summit and reported that, "we were treated not merely with dignity but as if each one of us was also the crown prince". You can read more about his experience here.
Global Dignity Day 2012
Just for Kids Law is proud to report that the UK's inaugural Global Dignity Day, held on October 17th 2012, was an overwhelming success. Just for Kids Law and volunteer partners delivered sessions on dignity to over 1000 students in 10 schools across London and the South East.
Global Dignity Day 2012 Film
Similar sessions were taking place across the globe and the #GlobalDigity hashtag was a thriving and inspirational stream of good-will messages written in any number of tongues. Global Dignity UK was extremely well received by students and school staff alike as reported in the Camden New Journal and the Littlehempton Gazette.
During Dignity Day sessions, adult volunteers go into schools and talk with students about dignity, sharing their own stories and facilitating a student-led discussion about the five Dignity Principles (see below).
Our Director Shauneen Lambe has written an inspiratinal blog about the project and how it aligns with our ethos and our work. Read the blog here.
The aim of the day is to instill a positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow.
We now look forward to Global Dignity 2013!
Global Dignity Day co-founder Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Archbiship Desmond Tutu (pictured right) are just two of the prestigious and active supporters of the movement.
Global Dignity Day already runs in 40 countries across the planet - JfK Law will ensure that that number grows even greater this year.
The concept of global dignity includes the following five principles:
Every human being has a right to lead a dignified life.
A dignified life means an opportunity to fulfill one’s potential, which is based on having a human level of health care, education, income and security.
Dignity means having the freedom to make decisions on one’s life and to be met with respect for this right.
Dignity should be the basic guiding principle for all actions.
Ultimately, our own dignity is interdependent with the dignity of others.
If you would like to be involved with next years Global Dignity Day or if you would like any more information about the project, contact Joel Carter at: email@example.com.