International Day of Friendship
How did it start?
Created in 2011 by the UN, International Day of Friendship was created with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace and help to build bridges between communities.
The emphasis is heavily placed on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.
To mark the International Day of Friendship the UN encourages governments, international organisations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.
The International Day of Friendship is an initiative that follows the proposal made by UNESCO defining the Culture of Peace as a set of values, attitudes and behaviours that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by addressing their root causes with a view to solving problems. It was then adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997.
International Day of Friendship
Friendship Classroom Displays
If you’re looking for some inspiration to help promote kindness and positivity in your classroom, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated display area where the children can pin up some of their favourite pieces of work all to do with friendship..
Teaching Kindness in school
As parents and educators, it’s up to everyone to help inspire kindness and gentleness within those who are younger than us. Subconsciously, we already achieve this on the day to day through our own activities which they witness; social interactions, friendships, relationships, etc.
Kindness Rock Garden
Big thanks to TeachStarter for creating this very helpful blog talking about how to design your own Kindness Rock Garden in the classroom.
Begin by talking with your class about “What it means to be kind” and “How it feels when you’re kind”
Explore with your class and have them collect a handful of smooth stones (if you can’t find any then they can be purchased from most arts and crafts stores or garden centres).
Brainstorm with the kids what “kind words” can be written on the rocks. Then comes the fun part.
For some inspiration:
Wellbeing Wednesday | The Rock’s Positivity Rock Craft
Our very own Meg is back with our Make It With Meg series, today she’ll be giving you a step by step guide on how to prep and design your positivity rocks. These work great to promote individual positivity or part of of larger class-wide display garden.
Being kind and friendly is at the heart of what we promote at Teacher’s Pet, and we believe that a whole host of our resources also help to promote this in your classroom.
Below is just a tiny selection of what we have to offer with helping promote kindness and friendliness in your classroom.
Acts of Friendship go a long way
Acts of friendship and kindness are one of the single easiest and most rewarding things that anyone can do for someone else, and yet many people fail to truly understand the impact that simple actions can have on people. Giving someone a smile as you pass them on the street, holding a door for someone, giving someone a text who you haven’t spoken to in a while.
We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for talking about the International Day of Friendship.
How will you be planning on celebrating or participating in your community?
If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!)