World Day News
In the spring of 2014, the kidnapping of close to 300 Nigerian schoolgirls ignited a wave of attention and outrage that spread throughout the world. Now, months later, most of the girls are still missing and much of the world has turned its focus to other issues. The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children offers an opportunity to remember the girls and their families and maintain hope for their safe release.
When you plan your World Day activities this year, we encourage you to show your solidarity with the kidnapped girls and all of the young people in Nigeria and throughout the world who are deprived of their freedom and right to education. As religious and spiritual communities, let us offer our prayers, petitions, meditation, reflection, and action in our own traditions. We developed the Nigeria Vigil Toolkit to offer ideas and guidance to support these efforts. Download the World Day Vigil Toolkit 2014.
I am a lay Buddhist. I represent the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka which is by far the most widespread grassroots people’s organization which is engaged in integrated/holistic community development, peace building and reconciliation covering the entire country. The development philosophy of the Savodaya movement is based on Buddhist teachings and Gandhian principles but it works across all ethnic and religious communities in Sri Lanka.
Findings from the 2013 World Day Evaluation Report
Let us imagine World Day as a five-year-old girl. This summary of findings from the independently conducted 2013 World Day Evaluation takes the form of a letter from the New York Secretariat to religious, secular and civic friends and partners.
Dear Friends of World Day:
Because of you, World Day is doing well in her fifth year. She knows that not every girl has devoted friends from so many faiths, countries and backgrounds coming together to celebrate her birthday annually. In fact, three out of every four of you hold interfaith services including prayer ceremonies; indicating that collaboration is "essential to protect the rights of children," along with the forums, workshops, trainings, vigils, marches and policy efforts you mobilized.
In fact, although 20 November is her "special day," World Day has heard that many of you organize multiple gatherings that run for several days or weeks. It seems to work well that one of you takes the lead, with many other groups joining in. For 2013, we've heard about 96 celebrations in 51 countries so far, and that most of the gatherings were coordinated with UNICEF and the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC). World Day enjoyed the companionship of peers also, as children took part in about half of these activities.
New York, 11 December 2013 – The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children expanded its influence as it celebrated the sixth Day of Prayer on Universal Children’s Day on 20 November 2013. The World Day was the catalyst for 95 events – held in 51 countries in late November – which brought together secular and faith-based organizations to work to end violence against children.