World Children's Day has a long and storied background—from the annual Massachusetts Flower Day in the mid-1800's, to the first national holiday for kids, which began in 1920 in Turkey.
It was in 1954 that the United Nations inaugurated Children's Day as an international event, matching missions with the UN's Declaration of the Rights of the Child. This day—November 20th— encourages giving children the best of humanity and the world, and creating platforms to aid less fortunate children.
This year, UNICEF is having children take over high-profile positions in media, politics, business and more in an effort to show the world specific challenges children face.
I loved sitting down with Fatma, a young reporter with @svdjunior, to talk about why girls' rights matter. https://t.co/HVNhqYD05A #WorldChildrensDay— Melinda Gates (@melindagates) November 20, 2017
📸: Magnus Hjalmarsson Neideman, @svd pic.twitter.com/rXbsiNLJBn
Cisco's effort in education creates impact for students and teachers across the world. Brit Norwood, the Local Education West Area VP for Cisco's U.S. Public Sector State, writes about how Cisco technologies have transformed Kansas City's Shawnee Mission School District.
One of the largest school districts in Kansas City, Shawnee has 28,000 students and 4,200 employees across 14 different communities. With such high numbers, the district understands the need for technology in education.
Shawnee teachers use Cisco Spark and Cisco WebEx to personalize student learning as well as promote teacher leadership. Using these tools, staff can collaborate, meet with each other remotely, and communicate quickly and effectively with each other.
The district has seen student learning improve since implementing the Cisco tools, and now students also have the opportunity to stay connected to school if they can't attend in person.
Cisco's education solutions expand beyond tools—it covers various industries around the world. The company has worked with 30,000 schools and universities over the past year and 6 million students have worked with Cisco's IT programs. Cisco has committed to positively impact 1 billion people in education by 2025.
To learn more about what Cisco is doing in education, please click here.