Global Education

Teacher resources to encourage a global
perspective across the curriculum

Calendar events

5 Feb, World Wetlands Day

Wetlands include swamps, lakes, mudflats, mangroves, coral reefs, and peat lands. They are a critical part of our natural environment and cultural environment. This day focuses on the sustainable use of wetlands.

World Wetlands Day

20 Feb, World Day of Social Justice

World Social Justice Day recognises that social development and social justice are indispensable to achieving peace. It calls on everyone to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.

World Day of Social Justice

21 Feb, International Mother Language Day

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our observable and unobservable heritage. This day promotes mother tongues and encourages linguistic diversity and multilingual education.

International Mother Language Day

4 Mar, Schools Clean Up Australia Day

Join the thousands of school students across Australia on the Friday before the National Clean Up Day. Registration provides you with an education kit.

Schools Clean Up Australia Day

8 Mar, International Women's Day

Women and girls suffer great discrimination in many parts of the world. Investment in them can accelerate social, economic and political progress. This day focuses on the progress made towards equal rights, and equality of political and economic participation, for women and girls.

International Women's Day

9 Mar, Commonwealth Day

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 countries, with a shared history, language (English) and institutions, which support each other and work together towards shared goals in democracy and development. The aim of this day is to promote understanding on global issues and international cooperation.

Commonwealth Day

21 Mar, World Forestry Day

Forests oxygenate the air and modify climate; provide habitats for plants and animals; protect catchments and provide products for human use and cultural practices. This day promotes the sustainable use of forests.

World Forestry Day

21 Mar, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

This day commemorates the Sharpeville Massacre, which occurred in South Africa in 1960, when police fired at people demonstrating against the Apartheid ‘pass laws’.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21 Mar, Harmony Day

‘Living in Harmony’ is an Australian Government initiative designed to promote community harmony, build relationships between people and address racism where it occurs in Australia. It coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and promotes the values of harmony, community, diversity, commitment, goodwill, and understanding.

Harmony Day

Issue: Cultural diversity

22 Mar, World Water Day

Water is a basic requirement for all life, yet water resources are facing increasing demands from, and competition among, users. This day focuses on sustainable water use.

World Water Day

24 Mar, World TB Day

Tuberculosis (TB) is a highly infectious airborne disease which can be cured with medication. This day promotes awareness that tuberculosis causes the deaths of several million people each year, mostly in developing countries.

World TB Day

25 Mar, Int. Remembrance Day – Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade

The transatlantic slave trade, the largest long-distance forced movement of innocent people in history, uprooted 25 to 30 million Africans during its 400 years. This day focuses on understanding the causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade, and the dangers of racism and prejudice.

International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

4 Apr, International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

This day focuses on the progress being made, and the work still to be done, to make areas affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war safe.

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

7 Apr, World Health Day

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. This day focuses on ways of improving health, especially for the poor, to expand their range of choices, improve their productivity and allow them to participate more fully in society.

World Health Day

25 Apr, World Malaria Day

The aim of World Malaria Day is to provide education and understanding of malaria as an infection that is preventable and a disease that is curable.

World Malaria Day

2 May, Global Campaign for Education Action Week

The Global Campaign for Education promotes education as a basic human right. The website provides information and resources for focusing on the issue with details of countries around the world.

Global Campaign for Education Action Week

3 May, World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day reminds us of the crucial role that a free press plays in strengthening democracies and fostering development around the world. There are opportunities to examine bias and omission in the media and acknowledge the fact that some journalists face death or jail to bring people their daily news.

World Press Freedom Day

15 May, International Day of Families

The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of families as basic units of society as well focusing on their situation around the world.

International Day of Families

21 May, World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

This day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to ‘live together’ better.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

22 May, International Day for Biological Diversity

Biodiversity is the variety of all life forms: the different plants, animals and micro-organisms, their genes and the ecosystems of which they are a part. This day helps us focus on how dependent we are on biodiversity for our survival and quality of life.

International Day for Biological Diversity

26 May, Australian Schools National Sorry Day

The Australian Schools National Sorry Day, ‘Sharing the journey of healing’ is a great way to begin Reconciliation week. It celebrates the apology by former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, to the Stolen Generations on 13 February 2008.

Australian Schools National Sorry Day

27 May, Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation week begins on 27 May. It is the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum to remove clauses from the Australian Constitution, which discriminated against Indigenous Australians. It concludes on 3 June, the anniversary of the 1992 High Court of Australia’s judgement in the Mabo case, which recognised the Native Title rights of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Celebrate this week by learning about the culture and history of Australia’s Indigenous people and exploring new and better ways of meeting challenges of reconciliation in our communities.

Reconciliation Week

29 May, International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

When a country descends into internal conflict UN peacekeepers, military, police and civilian personnel, work to deliver security and create the conditions for lasting peace. This day pays tribute to the United Nations peacekeepers and also honours the memory of those who have lost their lives.

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

4 Jun, International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN's commitment to protect the rights of children.

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

5 Jun, World Environment Day

This day focuses on sustainable use of the environment, taking personal responsibility for a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for ourselves and future generations across the world.

World Environment Day

8 Jun, World Oceans Day

Oceans cover more than 70% of Earth’s surface and support a rich diversity of life. This day focuses on the sustainable use of oceans and consideration of the challenges of overfishing and pollution for people who depend on fishing for their livelihood.

World Oceans Day

12 Jun, World Day Against Child Labour

Child labour, according to International Labour Organization conventions, is work that harms children’s wellbeing and hinders their education, development and future livelihoods. Progress is being made but more needs to be done to combat child labour. The World Day Against Child Labour aims to promote awareness and action to tackle child labour.

World Day Against Child Labour

17 Jun, World Day to Combat Desertification

The impact of global desertification is threatening the livelihoods of 1.2 billion people who depend on the land for most of their needs. This day helps us focus on this serious drylands issue.

World Day to Combat Desertification

20 Jun, World Refugee Day

Consider how radically your world would change if, without notice, you were forced to leave your home and possessions behind and move to an area where you knew nobody and had little idea of where your next meal would come from. World Refugee Day helps us focus on the 43.3 million people of concern in the world.

World Refugee Day

26 Jun, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

This day promotes the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

26 Jun, International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Illicit drugs destroy innumerable individual lives and undermine our societies. Confronting the illicit trade in drugs and its effects is a major challenge for the international community.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

1 Jul, NAIDOC Week

During NAIDOC Week (1–8 July) the National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) invites all Australians to celebrate and promote a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC Week

7 Jul, International Day of Cooperatives

International Day of Cooperatives seeks to raise awareness about the role of cooperatives in economic, social and cultural development.

International Day of Cooperatives

11 Jul, World Population Day

World Population Day helps us engage with the opportunities and challenges of living in a world of seven billion people.

World Population Day

27 Jul, Schools Tree Day

Planting native trees helps protect biodiversity. Trees help to filter water, combat salinity, clean the air and increase flows into water catchments. They also provide food and shelter to wildlife.

Schools Tree Day

30 Jul, International Day of Friendship

International Day of Friendship is founded on the notion that friendship between individuals and communities promotes peace and understanding across communities, cultures and countries.

International Day of Friendship

6 Aug, Hiroshima Day

This day commemorates the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. The message of Hiroshima, as reflected in the lives of the survivors, is ‘Never again!’

The day also focuses on campaigns against nuclear weapons and the promotion of global peace.

Hiroshima Day

6 Aug, Homeless Persons' Week

On any given night, almost one in every two hundred Australians is homeless. These people come from every neighbourhood and every age group. The Australian Federation of Homelessness Organisations hosts an annual awareness week to bring attention to the plight of Australia’s homeless people.

Homeless Persons' Week

9 Aug, International Day of the World's Indigenous People

This day celebrates the cultures and languages of the 370 million indigenous people in the world who live in more than 70 countries. Many live in impoverished conditions, suffering from the dispossession of their land and loss of cultural heritage.

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

12 Aug, International Youth Day

International Youth Day recognises the need to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to young people for full, effective and constructive participation in society.

International Youth Day

19 Aug, World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day celebrates humanitarian aid workers who help millions of people around the world with the provision of shelter, food and healthcare to those who have experienced natural disasters, are in the midst of conflict, or who are living in prolonged poverty.

World Humanitarian Day

20 Aug, Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Keep Australia Beautiful Week (20–26 August) motivates Australians to improve their environment through collecting litter, resources conservation, reforestation and landcare.

Keep Australia Beautiful Week

23 Aug, International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

This day commemorates the beginning of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today's Haiti and Dominican Republic), which eventually played a crucial role in the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in 1791.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

8 Sep, International Literacy Day

One in five adults around the world is unable to read and write, and more than 67 million children are currently out of school. International Literacy Day highlights the importance of literacy to individuals and communities.

International Literacy Day

15 Sep, International Day of Democracy

This day promotes the involvement of the people in the public affairs of their country as an effective way of ensuring basic freedoms and equality for all.

International Day of Democracy

16 Sep, International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

This day commemorates the commitment to phase out the production and consumption of ozone-depleting chemicals, a decision made in 1987 by 191 countries.

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

17 Sep, Australian Citizenship Day

Australian Citizenship Day is an opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the meaning and importance of citizenship.

Australian Citizenship Day

21 Sep, International Day of Peace

This day is devoted to world peace and encourages everyone to take steps towards peace in their lives and their communities.

International Day of Peace

Issue: Peace building

27 Sep, World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day aims to foster awareness about the social, cultural, political and economic values of tourism.

World Tourism Day

1 Oct, World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day helps us reflect on the state of living conditions in cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It also works to remind the world of its responsibility for the future of human habitats.

World Habitat Day

1 Oct, International Day of Older Persons

The past 60 years has seen a steady drop in birth and death rates, resulting in a rapidly ageing global population. This day celebrates older citizens and engages people with the challenges of an ageing population.

International Day of Older Persons

2 Oct, International Day of Non-Violence

International Day of Non-Violence takes place on the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. It inspires us to use peaceful action to promote ‘a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence’.

International Day of Non-Violence

5 Oct, World Teachers' Day

Teachers are central to providing quality education to children and young people; equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to contribute to building better societies as adults.

World Teachers' Day

11 Oct, World Sight Day

World Sight Day aims to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired.

World Sight Day

13 Oct, International Day for Disaster Reduction

International Day for Disaster Reduction promotes a global culture of natural disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

International Day for Disaster Reduction

16 Oct, World Food Day

World Food Day aims to heighten public awareness of world food issues and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

World Food Day

17 Oct, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

This day is an opportunity to acknowledge the struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and for the community to recognise and support poor people in their fight against poverty.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

20 Oct, Children's Week

Children’s Week (20–28 October) celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities. It includes the Australian celebration of Universal Children’s Day.

Children's Week

24 Oct, Disarmament Week

Disarmament Week (24–30 October) begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. It is an occasion to raise awareness of the crucial need to recognise disarmament as a key element in creating a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Disarmament Week

6 Nov, Int. Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

This day helps us focus on how armed conflict can cause environmental damage that may endure long after the conflict has ceased, and may extend beyond the limits of national territories and the current generation of people.

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

10 Nov, World Science Day for Peace and Development

Science plays an important role in people’s everyday lives, from the food we eat, the healthcare we receive and the machines we use. This day works to raise awareness of the significance of science and how it contributes to peace and development all over the world.

World Science Day for Peace and Development

Issue: Peace building

12 Nov, World Pneumonia Day

Pneumonia is the world’s leading cause of death in children under five. Almost all of pneumonia-related deaths occur in developing countries. This day promotes action against the disease by financial donors, policy-makers, healthcare professionals and the general public.

World Pneumonia Day

16 Nov, International Day for Tolerance

Intolerance is often rooted in ignorance and fear: fear of the unknown, of other cultures, religions and nations. Intolerance is also closely linked to an exaggerated sense of self-worth and pride. This day reminds us of the time, education and commitment it takes to build tolerance and trust in diverse communities.

International Day for Tolerance

19 Nov, World Toilet Day

Nearly two people in five do not have access to adequate sanitation. This contributes greatly to the spread of disease and loss of health and education. World Toilet Day aims to improve toilets for all through providing more and cleaner sanitation facilities, especially for women and the disabled.

World Toilet Day

20 Nov, Universal Children's Day

Marking the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1999), this day helps us focus on improving the lives of children.

Universal Children's Day

Issue: Human rights

25 Nov, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Violence against women and girls prevents their full development and participation in society and limits their opportunities to achieve legal, social, political and economic equality. This day raises awareness about the issue and encourages action against violence against women and girls.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

1 Dec, World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day celebrates progress made in the battle against the epidemic and brings into focus challenges that still remain. It also highlights the role we all have to play by protecting others and ourselves against HIV/AIDS and welcoming those living with the disease.

World AIDS Day

2 Dec, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Despite it being more than 200 years since the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, slavery persists today in the form of bonded labour, early and forced marriages, trafficking and exploitative labour.

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

3 Dec, International Day of People with Disability

This day recognises the achievements and contributions of people who live with a disability and aims to mobilise support for their dignity, rights and wellbeing.

International Day of People with Disability

5 Dec, International Volunteer Day

This day celebrates the efforts of those who have made an important contribution to society by giving their time as volunteers.

International Volunteer Day

10 Dec, Human Rights Day

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on 10 December 1948, outlines the rights and fundamental freedoms of all people in all the nations of the world. Human rights are universal, indivisible and essential for development and democracy.

Human Rights Day

18 Dec, International Migrants Day

It is estimated that some 130 million people live outside their countries of origin. International Migrants Day highlights the need to ensure respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants in their new countries.

International Migrants Day