AIS VIENNA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLERS CELEBRATE THEIR EQUALITY ON UNITED NATIONS DAY OF PEACE

OCTOBER 17, 2013

Our school, as a community of international families, comes from countries all across the world. If you looked into our elementary school on a normal day, you might see a normal school. It’s hard to notice the cultural differences unless you look close enough or wait long enough. If you waited until Thursday, the 17th of October, you would have seen our elementary school show its true colors when we celebrated UN Day, a day of peace and celebration for all members of the UN.

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But why is this even a celebration? It is not only a celebration, but an anniversary as well. It marked the day that the Charter of the United Nations treaty was ratified, which made the UN official and was signed by its members on the 26th of June in 1945. However, it became ratified by 5 permanent members of the Security Council on the 24th of October. A few years later, this day became a public holiday of celebration for all member countries of the UN.

In our school, the students had a ceremony, which included dances, performances, and songs from all around the world, so every child could join in. Then the elementary schoolers ate traditional food from cultures across the world. Lastly, three children from each grade presented the “UN Rights of the Child” speech.

UN day was definitely full of excitement for our elementary schoolers, faculty and parents when we celebrated our equality.

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