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«We the Peoples» — Celebrating the UN Day with Children

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28 October 2016
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Every year the Tashkent International School celebrates the UN day with a strong participation of international community, teachers, UN officials and children.

This year the winter set in early. Children packed in warm clothes arrive at the school along with their parents with great enthusiasm. They seem to enjoy wearing traditional clothes of different countries and regions. They are getting ready for the Parade of Nations — a beautiful ceremony with waving flags and national songs. It fills the hearts with joy and encourages patriotism beyond the borders of a country. The motto for this year is ‘Uniting in Our Diversity’, and teaches the children to be internationally-minded.

After the Parade, the fair opens to all. A carnival awaits them. Each room of the campus is decorated by a country and welcomes the visitors with traditional festivities. Not only children, but also adults enjoy the tasty treats, beautiful souvenirs and exciting games in different rooms.

UNICEF also participates in this event to reach out to children from different countries and backgrounds. At UNICEF’s the stall, UNICEF Staff and volunteers are happy to talk to kids about the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and what UNICEF stands for. Many children are excited to win prizes and try their best to answer questions. Some of them are surprised to know about the CRC, while others understand the UN only as an international organization. However, all of them associate UN with countries coming together for a common aim, which is peace and development in the world. This is a good answer.

Representing the diversity of nations and nevertheless speaking the same language; sharing classrooms and interests; and creating a very friendly and pleasant environment, the children have something in common with what UN strives to achieve — respect and dignity for all.

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