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UWC Day is the annual global celebration of the UWC mission and values, which takes place on 21 September every year, to coincide with the UN International Day of Peace. Each year, UWC Day is celebrated by thousands of people worldwide, including students and staff at UWC schools and colleges, national committees, UWC alumni and friends.

UWC Day is a moment to celebrate the strength and diversity of the UWC movement and our mission for a more peaceful and sustainable future through connecting and mobilising UWCers globally. It serves as a chance to spread the word about UWC, our work and values. But it is also an opportunity to reflect on what we do as a movement, to determine how to be more effective changemakers, and to continue to challenge ourselves.

Previous events and activities have included community service initiatives, film screenings, panel debates, TEDx events, fundraising events for the UWC Refugee Initiative or for UWC national committees, outreach events held in partnership with other initiatives and a range of volunteering opportunities. 

There are many ways to get involved in UWC Day. You can join an event or activity locally, or set one up yourself. You can also mark the day by taking action in support of the UWC values in whichever way feels right to you.

Each year, UWC Day has a different theme which helps to provide a central focus for the day’s actions and initiatives. This year we will be celebrating under the tagline Together we change. Previous years' themes have included, Shaping a Sustainable Future (2023), Peace Begins with Us (2022), Reimagine Tomorrow (2021), United We Can (2020), Climate of Change (2019), Inspire Change (2018), The Power of Diversity (2017), Connect-Challenge-Celebrate (2016) and Live the Mission (2015).