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The 2017 theme is:
My World Depends on Us
The strap line, "My World Depends on Us", is the theme chosen for 2017 by the North South Centre's Global Education Week Network, of which OWW is a member. The aim is to focus on the Sustainable Development Goals.
OWW will explore how we can become better neighbours using the theme to help us pursue:
- active citizenship;
- media literacy and critical thinking to:
- counter populism/extremism and hate speech;
- hold our government to account by promoting awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
"Who is our neighbour?" - Here are a few ideas to set you thinking:
If a good neighbour would not dump toxic waste in her next door neighbour's garden, surely it has to be equally unacceptable for us burn fossil fuels that produce greenhouse gases that change the climate and, for example, flood the fields of our Bangladeshi neighbours or raise the temperature so that our neighbours in Uganda and Nicaragua can no longer grow the coffee they depend on for their livelihoods?
Extending the concept of Good Neighbours beyond the local to the world scale offers opportunities to explore how post Brexit Britain can relate to neighbours in Europe and around the world through trade and aid relations and compliance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
How does the concept of good neighbours apply to how we should behave towards refugees at the global and local levels?
If good neighbourliness means more than just being quiet and avoiding being a nuisance, it means (according to various faith traditions) actively looking out for our neighbours to ensure their needs are met. That view has far reaching implications for what we as individuals and nations should be doing about the Sustainable Development Goals.
To find out more about the theme come back here, soon.
Recently Added Resources
New Funding Opportunity - The Common Good Fund - Application Deadline 27 Feb. 2017 see more here
Organisers' Evaluation form for 2016 events Download from here
Wordsearches for Including You events - download them from here
Press release template for 'Including You' events download here
Quotations about building an inclusive peaceful society - Download from here a 5 page booklet as a word.doc or pdf
Pledges to build an inclusive society - find them here
"Who is a Migrant?" - anactivity/game to get people talking to each other at your events. Download the instructions here
School Assemblies from Christian Aid- link to and download a PowerPoint and notes
Looking for a speaker for your event? Download here a list (pdf) from the Discussion page (posted 12 Sept 2016)
Faith resources relating to "Including You".Download pdf here links to materials offered by OWW's partners and supporters: worship, discussion, films ...plus Prayers for OWW(updated 7 Sept '16)
Presentation "A OWW approach to Migration" Download this PDF version of a 12 slides (15 -20 minutes) powerpoint
Need funding for your event? Apply to Big Lottery Celebrate Fund! NOW or you'll be too late for OWW more here and other suggestions
Poster/ flyer design kit - download from here
2016 Leaflets "Including You" download PDF versions here
Migrant crisis or poverty crisis? - A briefing paper from Global Justice NOW Download as a PDF here
2016 - "Including You" - Booklet of ideas, links and resources for interpreting the theme. Dowload a PDF here (updated July 2016)
Learning resource/activity for young people about peace - from Fly Kites not Drones; suitable for activites in or out of school. find links here: schools ; activities (added Nov. 2015 but still relevant for this years events)
Organisers' Evaluation Form for event organisers to complete and send to OWW - down load the word.doc from here