International Mud Day becomes International Mud Month
In 2015 the World Forum Foundation will be renovating’ International Mud Day’ to become ‘International Mud Month’. International Mud Day first evolved in 2009 when the students of Bold Park Community School and the boys from the Panchkhal orphanage in Nepal celebrated together the wonders of Nature and the connection we all have through the earth by playing in mud. From the beginning Bold Park has raised funds to support the children in Nepal and in 2013 six families travelled to Nepal to celebrate with the children in Nepal. The full story of the project can be read on Practical Wisdoms web page.
Thousands of schools, ECE centres and families from around the world have taken up the challenge to play in mud on the 29th of June since the idea was promoted in 2011 at the World Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education in Hawaii. However for many the 29th of June can be an issue as it falls in the school holiday breaks. So in 2015 we will be promoting ‘International Mud Month’ but with the added challenge of finding a someone else to celebrate with. An important element of International Mud Day has been to promote global friendship between the children and adults who connect through the earth.
There will be a calendar devised early in 2015 so that groups around the world can find new friends and connections by communicating their plans and playing in mud on the same day.
Establishing relationships with each other, and understanding the things we have in common, is essential to the development of respect for the differences across the world. I hope that in 2015, one day in June, you will pause to consider the connection we all have to the earth as you get muddy.