Global Dignity Day
Today, Global Dignity Day was held at more than 150 secondary schools across the country. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon led Dignity Day at Stovner high school in Oslo.
On October 20, 2008, Global Dignity Day was held for the first time. Schools in over 20 countries participated in the celebration then. Today, the day marked the fourth year, with 50 countries and all continents represented.
Crown Prince Haakon led the event at Stover High School. The other two founders of Global Dignity, Pekka Himanen and John Hope Bryant, were also at Stovner, where they heard students tell their own stories of dignity.
The Crown Prince challenged the students with his words:
“Each one of you is a leader. There are some who look up to you – on the football field, in the classroom, the playground, in the family … Think about how you will use the leadership!”
What is Global Dignity? It is an independent, nonprofit organization. It has three objectives:
- to create a global conversation about dignity
- to promote dignity-based leadership
- to discuss the dignity of young people through so-called Dignity Days in schools.
The aim of a Dignity Day is to make students aware of what dignity means, in their own and others’ lives, and how this can be to define something the individual can do to contribute to a positive difference in the world.
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