World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organisations.
World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of like-minded kindness organisations from around the world. There are currently over 28 nations involved in The World Kindness Movement which is not affiliated with any religion or political movement. The mission of the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day is to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness.
Here are some ideas for your school to do on Kindness Day or during a Kindness Week.
- Create a student kindness committee to discuss ideas and focuses for the day/week
- Each year group choose their own charity to raise money for – raise as much as possible on that day or week and do an assembly about your activities and where the money raised is going
- Involve local businesses and fundraise for charity with them
- Hold assemblies in the run up to Kindness Day or Kindness Week (this could be teachers or pupils) about the positive affects of Kindness Day
- Focus on acts of kindness within school hold class discussions about kindness. Talk about acts of kindness the whole school can do together and good deeds individuals can do
- Volunteer in groups e.g. at a nursing home, soup kitchen, animal rescue centre etc
- Celebrate the everyday heroes/kind figures in the local area or within school – this could be done through nominations and a whole school vote
- Create a Kindness Group – meetings to discuss ideas/do random acts of kindness in school or the local community
- Make a display – leave cards for pupils to write down kind deeds they have done or witnessed and pin onto the display. This could be created from an art competition or could be something contemporary such as graffiti
- Involve different areas of the school e.g. have a kindness zone in the Library displaying historical figures who demonstrated acts of kindness
- Include the subject of kindness in each class e.g. in English focus on literacy with a kind theme; poems or books with a kind storyline
- Write a school blog about kind acts that are carried out that day/week
- Create a compliment or ‘thank you’ board for students to express their positive feelings towards each other
- Assembly led by a member of a local charity or organisation
- Create ‘packages’ with donated or homemade goodies for a local hospice, nursing home, homeless shelter or hospital
- Put posters up around the school with inspirational kind quotations on them
- Create a magazine or leaflet about everything that occurred on Kindness Day or during Kindness Week – you could send this out to parents too
- Short story competition – with a kind theme