UNESCO Associated Schools celebrate many of the United Nations' International Days related to UNESCO's mandate. International Days are a good entry point for teaching and learning about UNESCO values and priorities. Schools thereby strengthen the awareness of their teachers and students about significant global issues and reach out to their communities.


24 January
International Day of Education

13 February
World Radio Day

21 February
International Mother Language Day

8 March
International Women’s Day

21 March
World Poetry Day

21 March
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

22 March
World Day for Water

16 May
International Day of Light

21 May
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

5 June
World Environment Day

8 June
World Oceans Day

9 August
International Day of the World's Indigenous People

12 August
International Youth Day

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

8 September
International Literacy Day

15 September
International Day of Democracy

21 September
International Day of Peace

5 October
World Teachers' Day

13 October
International Day for Disaster Reduction

17 October
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

5 November
World Tsunami Awareness Day

Third Thursday in November
World Philosophy Day

16 November
International Day for Tolerance

1 December
World AIDS Day

3 December
International Day of Persons with Disabilities

10 December
Human Rights Day

18 December
International Migrants Day