World Social Work Day is on the 16th March 2021. It is the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to advance our common message globally. This year, the 2021 World Social Day highlights Úbuntu: I am Because We Are. This ist he first theme of the 2020 to 2030 Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.
Ubuntu: I am Because We are – Strengthening Social Solidarity and Global Connectedness. Ubuntu: ‘I am because we are’ is a concept and philosophy that resonates with the social work perspective of the interconnectedness of all peoples and their environments. It speaks to the need for global solidarity and also highlights indigenous knowledge and wisdom. Silvana Martinez, IFSW President commented:
The theme comes from extensive consultation within IFSW and beyond. At a time when global politics has retreated into nationalism, Ubuntu is a powerful message on the need for solidarity at all levels: within communities, societies and globally. It is a message that all people are interconnected and that our future is dependent on recognizing all peoples involvement in co-building a sustainable, fair and socially just future. IFSW invites all social workers, partner organizations and people who care about the future to co-brand the poster. Together we can change world for this and future generations.
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Cobranding the Poster: All social work partners and members are welcome to co-brand the #SWSD2021 poster by adding their logo alongside the IFSW logo. We also invite you to share with us your initiatives, events, and proposals to celebrate #WSWD2021. We will upload information about your planned event on this page and distribute them among social workers around the world.
Translating the Poster: We will publish your language translation for the World Work Day Poster. Please click below on ‘Submit Translations’.
We also invite member organisations to translate the poster into their own languages. Last years poster was translated into 100 languages highlighting global professional unity and common action.
We hope that most organisations will be able to edit the poster for translation themselves, but if this is not possible, please copy the text below in bold, write your translation line by line underneath, and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org:
I Am Because We Are
Strengthening Social Solidarity & Global Connectedness
World Social Work Day
16th March 2021
WSWD poster is out!
Thank you to all – it is a significant professional step forward that globally social workers promote the importance of human relationships!
IFSW will post your translated poster on this website so that it can be shared across the world (Please note that the relevant IFSW member organisation must approve the translation which may take a few days).
Mugumbate, Jacob V Kerala Social Work Congress Inauguration. Sesion on Ubuntu (Minutes 52´38 – 1h14
Muwanga-Zake J.W.F. (2009) Building bridges across knowledge systems: Ubuntu and participative
research paradigms in Bantu communities. Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Vol. 30, No. 4. pp 413-426
Samkange, S. and Samkange, T. M. (1980). Hunhuism or Ubuntuism: A Zimbabwean indigenous political philosophy (Harare): Graham Publishing.
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