The Day of Respect that was initiated by Rabbi Soetendorp in 2006 was celebrated for the sixth time on 10 November, 2011. More than 3.000 schools participated in the programme that centered on the theme "Respecting Myself". The schools addressed this topic in guest lectures, public events, discussions, music performances and a dance "flash mob" in the city center of Rotterdam.
Day of Respect
Unveiling of Anne Frank Statute in Aruba
Rabbi Soetendorp took part in a ceremony celebrating the unveiling of an Anne Frank statute in Oranjestad, the island's capital. Upon his arrival on the Caribbean island on June 9, Rabbi Soetendorp was welcomed by the Prime Minister Mike Eman and had several meetings with governmental representatives including Dr. Dowers, Minister of Justice and Education, to whom he introduced the Day of Respect that he initiated in the Netherlands in 2006.
Other speakers at the unveiling of the statute included Martin Luther King III, eldest son of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., former director of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam Dr. Hans Westra, and Aruba's Prime Minister Mike Eman.
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Dag van Respect / Day of Respect
The guest participants focus on the idea of respect which is further reinforced throughout the year by the teacher who has also been trained in the Day of Respect curriculum. By repeatedly introducing the idea of respect into regular lessons taught by their teachers, a dialogue between the children and the idea of respect will take place and will extend as well to conversations about respect between the children and their parents. By repeatedly reinforcing the subject of 'respect' throughout the year, the idea will gradually take hold. The foundation also hopes that young people will identify themselves with these pop ‘heroes’ who speak at the participating school, so that it becomes 'cool' to be respectful.
The reactions of the media, guest speakers, teachers, but above all, the children and their parents, were overwhelming. On this basis, the Foundation has continued to organise annual Day of Respect events and has proceeded to expand its program. Now, (guest) talks are held in the morning, and during the afternoon 'Programs of Respect' are organised, in collaboration with other local organisations to engage society more broadly in the idea of respect. The program has grown from an initial 120 speakers volunteering at 120 schools in 2006, to over 2.500 participating schools in 2009. Pilot events have been initiated in a small number of secondary schools.
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Day of Respect was celebrated in more than 2000 schools in the Netherlands, 13 November 2008
On 13 November, 2008, the Day of Respect, initiated by Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp and the Day of Respect Foundation, was celebrated for the third time since its launch in 2005. More than 2000 schools in the Netherlands participated at the event that included the invitation of famous personalities of the Dutch public life to come into schools and engage students around the meaning of respect for oneself and others.Read more...
To read a one page summary of the background and history of the the Day of Respect, click here...