International Friendship Day celebrates finding common ground, and promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures.
The world has many divisions (poverty, violence, human rights abuses) which do not contribute to social harmony. As a way of addressing these problems and sharing solidarity, the simplest solution is friendship – and this culture has its roots at our schools and colleges, in the corridors and the sports fields.
International Friendship Day was declared in 2011 by the UN General Assembly celebrating that friendships between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can contribute to peace efforts and promote friendly relationships between communities.
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To create a global culture of peace, the following actions were suggested:
- promoting peace through education
- promoting sustainable economic and social development
- fosters respect for human rights
- ensuring equality between genders
- promoting democratic participation
- trying to react with understanding, solidarity and tolerance
- supporting interaction, communication and the free flow of information and knowledge
- working towards international peace and security
It’s also a day to be thankful for relationships which foster peace, happiness and unity.
It’s a perfect day in which to get your class either talking about or engaging in activities that involve friendship.
Drop us a message and tell us what makes your friend so special. Especially now that social distancing is keeping people apart.