Commemorating the International Day for People of African Descent on August 31st holds special significance at NWAMI International Malta. Our commitment to fostering inclusivity, cultural understanding, and social justice within our island’s context aligns with the spirit of this observance. In 1920, on that very date, the first declaration of rights for individuals of African descent was adopted in New York. Initiated by Costa Rica, the General Assembly established this global day in 2020, urging governments, civil society, businesses, educational institutions, and individuals worldwide to reflect upon the values that bind humanity together and take tangible steps to propel these values forward.
Our dedication to community engagement is exemplified by our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities Malta through a support agreement. This partnership provides us with a vital space for hosting our transformative community engagement activities.
As we approach the UN International Day for People of African Descent, we had the pleasure to speak with Martin Xuereb, Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities Malta. We engaged in a meaningful conversation about addressing racism through education where we posed a crucial question: ‘What single educational policy initiative would he suggest for Malta to tackle racism effectively?’
Mr. Xuereb emphasized that we need to view people as human beings rather than judge them based on their race. Children need to be informed, he stressed. His thoughts highlight the need for young minds to be exposed to diverse perspectives, histories, and experiences from a young age. This confirms the significance of incorporating comprehensive cultural awareness and empathy-building programs into the curriculum of all educational institutions in Malta.
This resonates deeply with our mission at NWAMI International Malta. The partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities Malta further fortifies our ability to contribute to this endeavor by providing the necessary space for our educational initiatives.
This Day holds special significance at NWAMI International Malta. Our commitment to fostering inclusivity, cultural understanding, and social justice within our island’s context aligns with the spirit of this observance.