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World Social Work Day 2021

Ubuntu: I am Because We are – Strengthening Social Solidarity and Global Connectedness

World Social Work Day is on the 16th March 2021.

A message from Ruth Allen CEO BASW

Each year BASW is proud to support and stand together with social workers across the world to mark World Social Work Day, which this year is on 16th March. Each year this focuses on a ‘Global Social Work Agenda’ theme developed via the International Federation of Social Workers in which BASW is the UK representative body.

The theme for this year is Ubuntu: I am because we are

Ubuntu (Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼù]) is a Nguni Bantu term meaning "humanity". This over 2000-year-old philosophy, is found in every country of Africa south of the Sahara, using different cognate terms in the local Bantu language.

Ubuntu: ‘I am because we are’ is a concept and philosophy that aligns with the ethics of social work itself.  It reinforces the importance of global solidarity and co-operation as a profession and as societies, particularly as we move through unprecedented and challenging times across the UK and across the world.

I’m delighted that this year not only will BASW be celebrating World Social Work Day with colleagues from around the world, we are also having activities and events throughout March.

World Social Work Day 2021

Introducing World Social Work Month 2021

BASW staff and members have been hard at work planning a diverse and exciting programme of activities for World Social Work Month 2021.

A well as exploring themes and priorities in each country of the UK, these events present a unique opportunity to come together as a profession - across borders and languages and cultures - to shine a light on what unites us as social workers across the UK and globally.

I look forward to celebrating and championing social work, both in the UK and around the world, with fellow social workers throughout the month of March.

View the full programme here

Dr. Ruth Allen, BASW UK CEO