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Celebrating #IWD simultaneously across 3 continents


Three continents, two different time zones,  two classes from different countries and the guest speaker from a third country/continent for International Women’s Day.

March 8th across the world is International Women’s Day. Our school continued to celebrate it on March 9th, when Canada, USA and others on the other side of the world were still in March 8th . A special lunchtime linkup was organised with Arianne Jones, a Luge Olympic Champion for Canada. Due to time zone confusion, the primary school students became part of a later connection rather than the lunchtime linkup that we were expecting. The fascinating part of the linkup was that a school from Delhi, India became  part of our 3 way connection. The connection was organised through Skype in the Classroom and Classroom Champions.

Arianne, India and us.jpg
Arianne was an inspiring speaker who should never have been a Luge champion. She is thin and far too light in weight. Even her coach had no faith in her and gave her little opportunity initially. However, she persevered and is now the Olympic Luge champion for Canada.
When she finished speaking, Arianne encouraged Hawkesdale students to ask 5 questions, then the students from India asked 5 questions – all really interesting and forcing us to cope with the Indian accent.
She encouraged the students to “dream big and chase your dreams!!!” The response from the Indian teacher was ” our kids are so overwhelmed speaking to you.. you have been a true motivation for them” There are many wonderful opportunities on Skype in the Classroom website, many tailored for special celebatory days
@skypeclassroom @@jonesluge #IWD2017 #IWD

from india


International Women’s Day

8th  March is International Women’s Day. Interesting to see that it is a trending topic on twitter for today with an interesting assortment of hashtags! In the past, at our school, we have celebrated by:-

  • taking all female students and staff down to the nearby Apex Park for a picnic lunch.
  • encouraging all students to come to school in something purple
  • giving each student a purple ribbon to wear
Our visiting Chinese student tells us that it is common for girls in China to give flowers or presents to their mothers. How do other cultures celebrate international womens day? 
My friend Tatyana from Russia emailed me further information:-
It is really an event here in Russia. Men try to do their best even some days before the holiday.
Yesterday the city traffic collapsed, the price of flowers went several times higher.
It is usually a family holiday. Spring is in the air, love and all that.
Govinda, my friend from Nepal said on skype:-

we have school off
[8/03/2012 12:59:52 PM] Govinda Prasad Panthy: women foundations in different part of the country organize some programs.

Lin-lin from Taiwan commented

 we seldom celebrate Womem’s Day nowadays…We used to have a holiday this day about 20 years ago…but now…things are very different here.Do you celebrate International Womens Day in your classroom? How do other cultures celebrate? Some page of resources and activities can be found at International Women’s Day