One of the many activities that I enjoy most in school is the International Friendship Day and Racial Harmony Day (Singapore) and International Day (Egypt). On these days, pupils and teachers get to dress up in the traditional costumes of other ethnicity or nationalities. We organize games, competitions, song and dance performances, as well as exhibitions. The celebration of these days seek to bring to the students the realization that the world is made up of diverse groups of people with individual customs, traditions and languages. The appreciation of this knowledge will help pupils to understand and be more receptive to the diversity of the human race and the importance of maintaining harmony and respect in order to uphold peace. It is sad that recent events in the past years seek to erode this necessity and which has actually worsened the harmony among people of different races or nationalities.
We are still waiting for that day when everybody accepts anybody without regard to their race, nationality or religion. We are still waiting for the day when nobody hates anybody of a different race, nationality or religion. And we are still waiting for the day when everybody will love anybody despite their different race, nationality or religion. We hope that day will come soon.
“When greed supersedes concerns about the health of our planet or its inhabitants, when fanatic attachment to ideology is pursued at all costs, and when people suffer human rights violations because they are considered somehow less than equal, the heritage of humanity is betrayed and our future wellbeing is placed in peril [….] On this International Day of Friendship, let us resolve to cherish and cultivate as many warm relationships as possible, enriching our own lives and enhancing the future.” – UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
These are some pictures of students and staffs from my school on our International Day (Egypt).