World Social Work Day is an international holiday dedicated to social work. The profession is quite extensive and its representatives work in different directions. The main thing that unites all social workers is the social orientation of their work, that is, they are always in contact with people and help them. It is celebrated annually every third Tuesday of March.
The history of World Social Work Day begins in 1983. The proposal to create this holiday was made by IFSW, an organization that brought together social workers from around the world. Later, many other associations and organizations engaged in social work joined in celebrating the day.
The first social workers we know today began to appear at the end of the 18th century. Back then it was mostly Christian organizations that helped people who were sick or underprivileged. Gradually, a separate profession was formed. Today, social workers help children in orphanages find their new families, as well as people in poor countries in Africa and the Middle East, take care of the disabled and work in homes for the elderly.
- The first social work education track emerged in 1898 at Columbia University.
- A woman named Jane Addams is one of the first workers in the field to win the Nobel Prize for achievement in social work.
How to celebrate
Congratulate friends and acquaintances who are social workers. It’s a day to get directly involved in social work! For example, volunteer for a day at a nursing home. Elderly people will appreciate your care, because many of them feel lonely. You can also financially support various organizations that do social work.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they have participated in social work.
When is World Social Work Day celebrated in 2023?
World Social Work Day is observed annually on the third Tuesday in March.