Marking the 69th Anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter, this year's UN Day will celebrate Global Citizenship & Youth. Alpha Kappa Alpha is encouraging its chapters to engage our youth in topics that the UN addresses such as peacekeeping operations, promotion of women's rights and protection of the environment, as well as protection from deadly diseases such as Ebola.
-Become a member of UNA-USA by visiting www.unausa.org/AKAPartnership
-Connect with @akasorority1908 and @UN to support "Girls Count" legislation and don't forget to use #AKA1908 and #AKA-UNDAY2014 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
-Participate in Film Screenings, to educate and promote dialogue. A suggested film is 'Girl Rising'.
Epsilon Pi Omega Sorors, what did you do to celebrate UN Day 2014?
I'm checking out the eye-opening and inspirational documentary Girl Rising. Our world is gift that we must learn not to take for granted. We need to do more than just observe today...we need to take the lessons, live by what we learn and grow. Each One..Teach at least One...
Having a background in International Business and having had the ability to live abroad as a 21 year old, I'm happy this year's theme to celebrate the 69th Anniversary of UN Day is Global Citizenship and Youth. It is important for youth to understand various cultures so that as we continue to become a globally diverse society, the youth will know how to perform and promote peace while working through cultural differences. While I was not able to do something specifically at 12pm today, last night I had an opportunity to attend an event hosted by Global Glimpse that provides global education abroad to high school students in NYC and San Francisco via trips to the Domincan Republic, Nicaguara and Ecuador. Speaking with students, I had an opportunity to learn about there experiences in these countries facing topics such as culture, politics, education, and global business.
I also plan to watch Girl Rising and will invite some of my Sorors over to watch. For anyone who has Netflix, its streaming online :-)
Although UN Day was yesterday, I managed to share ten facts and the significance and importance of the United Nations with a few college students. Not surprisingly, they never really thought about the UN or its function. We read the ten facts about the UN discussed it together and they promised to share with their friends.
I also forwarded the link to download the app to my fellow teachers. The lesson plans are provided. All that is needed is the desire to share with the students the global issues the we are faced with in the 21 century..each one, teach one!
Adding on to what I did. On Saturday I attended a program hosted by the United Nations Association-USA - Queens Chapter on the Refugee Crisis at the Queens Museum. This discussion included a panelists from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, New York Immigration Coalition, Pax Christi and Queens College's Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding. This informative discussion provided the legal definition of a refugee: People who are outside of their country of origin and who due to a fear of being persecuted for race, religion, nationality, or political opinion and cannot avail themselves to the protection to which they are entitled. The forum provided information on various organizations that aim to assist refugees. Additionally we heard from a recent Iraqi refugee studying at Queens College, whom due to her role as a translator working for a particular organization in Iraq found her life and the lives of her 3 sisters threatened. This led to fleeing to Damascus, being forced back to Iraq and ultimately being able to come to the US, where they are now trying to assimilate into the US, while also dealing with the mental and emotional trauma of being refugees.