Last week on Wednesday the 24th of October, the Cultural Calendar kick-started with its first celebration of the year: United Nations Day. In commemoration of this event, which traditionally celebrates the signing of the UN Charter, we organised activities across campus for students, staff, and visitors to take part in.
We started the day with a flag raising ceremony and Lord Mayor Reception at Birmingham Council House. This was an excellent opportunity for students, who even had sit down tea with the Lord Mayor afterwards!
This was then followed by VR experiences across campus, which gave participants the opportunity to travel with the UN Secretary General. We wanted to take the time to thank everyone that took part in this VR opportunity, and who visited us to talk about the UN Day celebrations throughout the day. We enjoyed your many insights into the United Nations, and hope that visitors we able to learn more about this organisation and its international aims and objectives.
Finally we closed the day with a screening of the film ‘He Named Me Malala’, which we highly recommend as an emotive look into the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and founder of the Malala Fund: which is an organisation which champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free and safe education. You can find the film on Netflix, so do watch it if you have the time!
Again, we would like to thank you all for expressing interest in UN Day, and hope to see many of you at the Diwali celebrations happening across Campus on November 7th!
The Cultural Calendar Project Team