World Day News

Vacancy Announcement

26 Nov 2014  |  News and Press - World Day News

Vacancy Announcement

Plan a vigil for the kidnapped Nigerian school girls

5 Nov 2014  |  News and Press - 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

Share your World Day of Prayer and Action for Children celebration with us!

21 Aug 2014  |  News and Press - World Day News

 

Whether you celebrate the World Day on or around November 20 or you work on children’s issues throughout the year, we would like to hear from you how you try to give expression in and to celebration, worship, meditation, reflection that strengthens and supports your work and action.
 
We want to establish a resource page for anyone who would like to celebrate The Day of Prayer and Action for Children. With a resource page we want to engage religious leaders and their communities in the celebration of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children. With a resource page we want to contribute to the building of a community, where people of different religious and cultural traditions, can inspire each other and together all over the world be strengthened in knowing that they belong together and are all committed to the wellbeing, security and rights of children. ]
 
How do you or how would you like to express a moment of spirituality in celebration? Do you work together with people of different faiths or do you work with people from your own religious community? How do you make sense of the Prayer in the title of the Day of Prayer and Action for Children?
 
Let us know what you do or what you would like to do. Share with us a prayer, a text, a meditation, a reflection, a hymn or song, an illustration or drawing, a video-clip or slides and we will post it on our resource page building day by day a library of spiritual resources!
 
Already now you can see how this page is growing day by day. Thank you for being part of this undertaking to establish a library of your prayers for a Day of Prayer and Action for children!
 
Please send you contribution to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Kind regards
 
Hans Ucko
Co-chair
Day of Prayer and Action for Children
 
PS If you need additional information or seek any advice, don’t hesitate but contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Comments by Dr.Vinya Ariyaratne, General Secretary of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka

1 Oct 2014  |  News and Press - World Day News

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.

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How is World Day Doing?

27 Jul 2014  |  News and Press - World Day News
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. 

Read more: How is World Day Doing?