United Nations Days at
The British School of Lomé
Celebrating and Observing United Nations Days at BSL

At BSL we celebrate a number of important United Nations days that link to our curriculum for Personal, Social and Health Education and Global Citizenship initiatives.

World AIDS Day

World Aids Day


World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. BSL aims to raise awareness of AIDS through assemblies, guest speakers, debates and classroom activities.

World AIDS Day     World AIDS Day


International Day of People with Disabilities

International Day of People with Disabiities     International Day of People with Disabiities


International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. We celebrated this day at BSL for the first time in 2014 with guest speakers from a local hospital as well as an inspiring wheel chair basket match from the Togolese Paralympics team.

World Mental Health Day

UN Days World mental health day       UN Days World mental health day


World Mental Health Day is observed every year on the 10th of October. It is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. BSL observed this day for the first time in 2014 with a thought provoking assembly from our guest speaker Dr. Julian Eaton, a psychiatrist based in Lomé. As the global focus of the day was on schizophrenia Dr Eaton showed our students what it would be like to live with the illness and about the importance of helping those suffering from mental illnesses in the community.

Peace One day

Peace One Day     Peace One Day

  Peace one day   Peace One Day


Peace One Day or the International Day of Peace is observed on 21st of September every year. This day of non violence, global unity and intercultural cooperation is celebrated at BSL with educational initiatives designed to raise awareness of conflict resolution.

Peace One Day     Peace One Day    Peace One Day    Peace One Day

World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice


World Day of Social Justice is a day recognising the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and discrimination. The day is observed every year on the 20th of February. This year our year 11 class presented a brilliant assembly which focused on the need to abandon all forms of discrimination and prejudice.

World Health Day

World Health Day


World Health Day is celebrated on the 7th April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health. The Day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health. The topic for 2014 was vector-borne diseases. Students at BSL completed a variety of in-class activities during Personal, social and health education lessons to learn about preventing vector born diseases.

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day


Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year BSL students attended a ceremony at the European Union offices in Lomé. Students from schools across Lomé read the entire Universal Declaration of Human Rights in many different languages and then released balloons with messages attached about human rights. Human Rights Day was also celebrated by the secondary school with a thought provoking assembly from the EU Ambassador, Mr. Nicolas Berlanga.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day  Remembrance Day


Remembrance Day also known as Poppy Day is a memorial day observed in many countries since the end of the First World War to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th of November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month." On the 11th of November this year ten BSL students and staff gathered at four World War One graves including the grave of the first British officer to die in the conflict. Fighting began in Togo almost immediately and lasted for three weeks until Germany was defeated by a combined British and French force. Each grave represents the fallen soldiers from Britain, France, Germany and African countries. Remembrance Day was also marked at school with a moving assembly from our History teacher Mr. Barry Cowell and a group of year nine students who are studying the events of World War One including what happened in Togo. Students across the school wore poppies as a sign of respect for all those that have died in wars raising 70,000CFA for the British legion.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day


Holocaust Memorial Day observed each year on the 27th January is a commemoration day dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. In 2014 secondary students were encouraged to reflect on the events of the Rwandan Genocide during an assembly about the experiences of children during the tragedy.

World Environment Day

World Environment Day


World Environment Day is celebrated every year on the 5th of June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the Earth. At BSL we celebrate World Environment Day through assemblies and in class activities designed to raise awareness of environmental issues.

   


Earth Day

Earth Day


Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April the 22nd with activities focused on environmental issues and awareness.

 
International day of Tolerance

International day of Tolerance   International day of Tolerance


The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. It is observed on 16 November. This year the day was celebrated by the Primary School with a wonderful assembly based on the 'Ugly Duckling!'

 
World Toilet Day

International day of Tolerance


World Toilet Day is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world on issues of sanitation. Originally established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001, this day to draw attention to global sanitation issues is marked each year on November 19. Since 2001, World Toilet Day has grown in scope and recognition by global partners. In 2013, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution recognizing WTD as an official UN international day. It will be celebrated by Secondary students at BSL for the first time in 2015 with links to the Geography Curriculum.
 
World Religion Day

World Religion Day

The third Sunday in January is annually celebrated as World Religion Day. It was established by Baha'is in 1950 as a way to encourage interfaith understanding. To celebrate our own religious diversity students in the Primary School learn about some of the many different faiths around the World which is then shared on World Religion Day. We believe that it is vital that our students learn mutual respect and understanding of each other's beliefs to promote a better World.
 

International Women's Day

International Women's day

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. The focus of the day ranges from o a celebration for women's economic, political, and social achievements as well as highlighting the struggles of women worldwide.