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Mark your Calendar: Upcoming Awareness Days

Mark your Calendar: Upcoming Awareness Days

In a rapidly changing world, where global events touch every corner of our lives, the role of education extends far beyond textbooks. It’s about preparing the next generation to not only understand the complexities of our planet but to actively engage in its betterment. As teachers and educators, you empower your students to become valued global citizens.

Awareness days can be a great way to guide students on a path to becoming informed and compassionate global citizens. These days serve as windows to the world, inviting students to explore, engage, and empathise. They offer a valuable context for relevant and engaging learning experiences, enriching the educational journey with a deeper understanding of the world's interconnectedness.

Leveraging technology like ClassVR can further enhance the educational impact of these awareness days. In this blog, we’ll be identifying upcoming awareness days and highlighting the ClassVR resources that can be used to create an immersive and unforgettable learning experience.

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Armistice Day - November 11th

Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day or Veterans Day, takes place on the 11th November, when the First World War came to an end in 1918.

On this day we honour those who have served and sacrificed for peace, across history and now into modern times. It's an occasion for reflection, historical understanding, and promoting a peaceful future.

ClassVR content to supplement your teaching:

  • D-Day landing
  • The London Blitz
  • The Role of Women in WW1
  • World War One Trench

Thanksgiving - November 23rd

The early origins of Thanksgiving date back to the early 17th century, where a group of Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated their bountiful harvest. Today, Thanksgiving has evolved into a time for families and friends to come together, share a special meal, and express their gratitude for the blessings of the past year.

Transport your students back in time to the pilgrim's settlement and ask them to identify the depiction of the first Thanksgiving, considering how Thanksgiving has evolved in the last 400 years.

ClassVR content to supplement your teaching:

  • Thanksgiving

Christmas - December 25th

Christmas, a worldwide celebration, unites cultures in festive harmony. It's a time of love, giving, and cherished traditions, connecting people across the globe. You can use Christmas as an opportunity to introduce students to different cultures and traditions across countries, and allow them to understand the religious significance the holiday has.

ClassVR content to supplement your teaching:

  • 12 Days of Christmas
  • Advent
  • Christmas Village

World Religion Day - January 21st

World Religion Day was started in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of the United States, which is celebrated worldwide on the third Sunday in January each year. Use this event to introduce your class to the religions that are practiced around the globe and encourage inclusivity within the classroom.

ClassVR content to supplement your teaching:

  • Buddhist Temple
  • The Vatican, Rome
  • Temple of Ganesh

Lunar New Year - February 10th

Lunar New Year, celebrates the beginning of the new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Chinese communities across the world come together to celebrate with traditions, festivities and food. This is a great opportunity to introduce students to a new holiday that they may not have explored before. Bring your class together to show an appreciation for another culture, and consider how it compares to theirs.

ClassVR content to supplement your teaching:

  • New Year around the World

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