Education chiefs back campaign for school kids to sing ‘patriotic’ One Britain One Nation anthem
Written by Hitmix News on 23 June 2021
The government has backed a campaign calling on school children to celebrate One Britain One Nation Day this week by singing a patriotic song.
In a post on social media, the Department for Education said it was “encouraging schools across the UK to celebrate One Britain One Nation Day on 25 June, when children can learn about our shared values of tolerance, kindness, pride and respect’.
The song, written by school children from Bradford, includes the lyrics: “We are Britain and we have one dream – to unite all people in one great team.”
We’re encouraging schools across the UK to celebrate One Britain One Nation Day on 25 June, when children can learn about our shared values of tolerance, kindness, pride and respect.#OBONDAY21 @1Britain1Nation
For more information:https://t.co/y7PQblUeDN
— Department for Education (@educationgovuk) June 21, 2021
Another line says the country is “united forever, never apart”.
It ends by repeating “Strong Britain, Great Nation” four times.
An official music video has also been created for the song.
School children are also encouraged to clap for one minute on Friday to recognise those people who helped during the pandemic.
The One Britain One Nation (OBON) campaign says on its webpage that its vision is “to create a strong, fair, harmonious and a proud British Nation – celebrating patriotism and respect for all our people”.
The campaign, launched by former policeman Kash Singh, adds that it hopes to “instil a sense of pride and self-esteem in our youth”.
Encouraging schools to join in the OBON celebrations, the website states: “We need the support of your school to celebrate the day in the spirit it is intended and as outlined in the OBON DAY 2021 brochure but to do the following as a MUST please.
This is awful on many levels. Do the DoE not even know that Britain/Great Britain is the island of England, Wales, & Scotland, the British Isles includes the surrounding isles, the UK is our country including N Ireland? This song would not be out of place in North Korea!
— Adrian Bull (@DrAdrianBull) June 22, 2021
“At 10am on Friday 25th June 2021 encourage every child in your school to clap for a minute to recognise, embrace and pay tribute to all those people who helped during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
“Sing the OBON DAY 2021 anthem written by school children at St John’s CE Primary School, Bradford.”
It is unclear how many schools have signed up to the event.
Those backing the campaign include actress Joanna Lumley, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis and Conservative peer Norman Tebbit.
As the department for education I would have expected you to know that the 25th is, for many Scottish schools, the day they break up. And for others, the day after they break up. Does One Nation mean England only? pic.twitter.com/VLnj3MkkcW
— Mike Holden (@MikeHolden42) June 22, 2021
But not everyone has endorsed the idea, with one social media user tweeting a picture of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un under the Department for Education’s tweet and calling the move “embarrassing”.
Others were quick to point out that 25 June marks the beginning of the school holidays for many pupils in Scotland and therefore they would not be able to take part in the event.
“Does one nation mean England only?” one added.
Meanwhile, education is a devolved matter in Wales and it is not believed the country’s officials were involved in the process.
A spokesperson for the Department for Education said: “Our schools should promote fundamental British values including tolerance and respect.
“As such, we support One Britain One Nation’s broad aims to help children learn about equality, kindness and pride, and it is for schools to decide how they teach these important values.
“The department has not asked people to sing songs or endorsed any specific materials for One Britain One Nation day.”