By Teachers, For Teachers
June 23 is Public Service Day. Established in 2002 by the United Nations, the day is designed to recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue a career in the public sector. Here is a little background information on the day, along with a few ideas you can use to incorporate the meaning behind this day into your lessons.
In 2002 the United Nations General Assembly established June 23 of each year for the global observation as Public Service Day. Each member state is encouraged to celebrate and highlight public service by organizing special events.
Every year, the United Nations holds a prestigious international public service awards ceremony, which recognizes the achievements and contributions of companies in the public service sector. The theme for 2013 is “Transformative e-Government and Innovation: Creating a Better Future for All." For more information on the ceremony and past award winners, visit UN Public Administration Programme.
There are many ways that you can get involved and celebrate Public Service Day, all while encouraging and inspiring the next generation to choose public service as a career choice. You can:
Discussion Questions and Activities
To help raise awareness of public service careers, and teach children about the important roles of public service and how those jobs affects their daily lives, start a discussion by asking the following questions:
To elaborate on this discussion question, list a few unknown facts on how public employees indeed help the American people. Facts such as:
To elaborate on this discussion ask, "What makes a good public servant?" And," What are some characteristics of a good public servant?" Discuss with students what they would do to make a difference and list the jobs they think make the most difference in our world.
This year, on June 23, remember to stop and recognize a public servant in your community. Be sure to thank them for all of their hard work and contributions to our nation.
Do you have a great idea or activity to celebrate Public Service Day, or to inspire children to choose a career in the public sector? Share it with us in the comment section below. You never know, you may inspire someone!
Source: Public Service Facts: PublicServiceRecognitionWeek.org