World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. The purpose of this day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. This movement was first observed twenty four years ago in Tokyo is now a global movement intended to help to bridge the gap between nations. With kindness, we can overcome the divides of politics, race, religion, gender, and so much more.
Since the World Kindness Day concept aligns perfectly with the principles of the International Baccalaureate PYP (Primary Years Programme) and the treats of the IB Learner Profile, the Primary School students chose to celebrate the World Kindness Week from Monday, 15 to Friday, 19 November 2021. The young students participated in different activities, challenges and gestures expressing kindness, doing good deeds for themselves and their peers. Simple gestures like smiling at each other and saying thank you, holding the door for a classmate or complimenting them, were observed throughout the week, creating a ripple effect among the young students.
At the end of the week, students who participated in all the activities got a certificate acknowledging their contribution to make VIS a kind and safe place for everyone. We are proud of our young students for reflecting on the impact of kindness and for taking action to further spread the campaign’s message: Make kindness the norm!