NIS raise over 5000 DKK for an African turtle conservation charity on the first international day in 2 years.
Photographs: North Zealand International School
Text: Shani Bishop
The children of North Zealand International School (NIS) recently took another step toward becoming global citizens. This year's focus at international day was the United Nation's sustainability goal to protect ecosystems and halt land degradation and biodiversity loss. As the children, parents and teachers gathered for international day, you could feel the joy and excitement in the air. Families were delighted to be back together again and having fun as a school. With a flag parade, games and entertainment, there was a real focus on what matters to the learners, parents and teachers at NIS. Each country table had activities and games to explain what individual countries are doing to increase biodiversity and promote the sustainable use of forests. NIS teachers had designed activities that really strengthened the children's understanding of the issue. The Dutch table, as always, was a spectacle to behold.
“As the children, parents and teachers gathered for international day, you could feel the joy and excitement in the air.”
The Netherlands is the top agri-food exporter in Europe but suffers from low biodiversity like most of Europe. So the Dutch sought to ask the visitors to choose between food and biodiversity and then explain the consequences of their choice. Many other activities included pony rides, crafting, bike checks, cricket, and a flash mob!
Mariska Völkers, Chair of the NIS Parents Association, said, "International day at NIS is all about connecting with friends new and old and connecting through culture and food. This year's international day achieved this and more. After two years, it was fantastic to welcome all the new families and see old friends. Everyone could see what a close-knit community we are. We counted over 1000 people, so it was our biggest one yet!"