One in five school-age children report being bullied at school.
To mark both Unity Day and National Bullying Prevention Month, volunteers from the Dawoodi Bohras’ community of Philadelphia wore orange to unite for kindness and acceptance, and to spread the message that no child should ever experience bullying.
Unity Day is a holiday that is celebrated at different times and for different purposes around the world. In the United States, it is celebrated on October 21st and has been observed since 2011 to raise awareness about bullying. It is customary for people to wear orange shirts or ties, carry orange banners or wear orange ribbons to show support for this day. Events are held on this day to raise awareness about the problem of bullying.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to focus and raise awareness on bullying. During this month, many groups across the country hold events aimed at bringing awareness to the issue of bullying.
In addition, children of the community who attended Saturday school were taught about bullying and how to prevent it by Khairun Merchant, a retired schoolteacher. Ms Merchant held an engaging discussion with the young students on how best to interact with one another at school and at home, and how to be model representatives of the Dawoodi Bohra community by practicing kindness, respect, and inclusiveness at all times.