Race Relations Day is celebrated around the world, every year on March 21st in conjunction with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The day was originally recognized to commemorate the 69 people - including 10 children - who died peacefully protesting apartheid laws in Sharpeville in 1960.
History of Race Relations Day
New Zealand is one of the most ethnically diverse countries on earth and we are also one of the most peaceful: New Zealanders must make sure every day that this is the legacy we leave behind. for future generations. Race Relations Day reminds us all of the important role positive race relations and human rights play in our communities and lives.
Every March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racism marks the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 when 69 black South African citizens - including 10 children - were shot dead by police themselves for protesting the law race segregation. In New Zealand, communities across the country hold hundreds of events on and around March 21 to mark Race Relations Day.
How to celebrate Race Relations Day
Race Relations Day gives New Zealand teachers and students the opportunity to discuss and celebrate the fact that New Zealand is home to a wide variety of peoples, from the Maori tanggata to the generations of settlers who have come here since many parts of the world since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Such topics are an integral part of many of the social and historical studies programs in our schools. This day is an opportunity to affirm the value of all our different languages, beliefs and cultures, and our common belonging to a unique and diverse nation.
Schools can use the day to promote such beliefs through assemblies, food festivals, concerts or performances that recognize and affirm cultural diversity in the school community as well as specific classroom learning opportunities.
ObservedRace Relations Day has been observed annually on February 14th.
Friday, February 14th, 2020
Sunday, February 14th, 2021
Monday, February 14th, 2022
Tuesday, February 14th, 2023
Wednesday, February 14th, 2024