Saturday, January 23, 2021

Intl Day of Education : Recover and revitalize education for the COVID-19 generation


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"When education is interrupted, it affects everyone – especially students, teachers and families. 

Today, on the third International Day of Education, I pay tribute to their resilience in the face of a pandemic that, at its peak, forced almost every school, institute and university to close its doors.

Although this disruption has led to learning innovations, it has also dashed hopes of a brighter future among vulnerable populations."

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General's message 2021

credits: " UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The third International Day of Education (January 24) wll marked on Monday 25 January 2021 under the theme ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, over 800 million students, more than half the world’s student population, still face significant disruptions to their education, ranging from full school closures in 31 countries to reduced or part-time academic schedules in another 48 countries, according to new data released on UNESCO’s interactive monitoring map.

Now is the time to power education by stepping up collaboration and international solidarity to place education and lifelong learning at the centre of the recovery.

The International Education Day occurs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that led to a global learning disruption of unprecedented scale and severity. The closure of schools, universities and other learning institutions, as well as the interruption of many literacy and lifelong learning programmes, has affected the lives of 1.6 billion students in over 190 countries. And continues affect because all the schools and universities after reopening first days in January are re-closed once more.

credits: Elyx Yak

As a new year began, is the time to step up collaboration and international solidarity to place education and lifelong learning at the centre of the recovery and the transformation towards more inclusive, safe and sustainable societies.

The global event for the Day was planned along three main segments

  • learning 

  • heroes, 

  • innovations, and financing.

Organized in partnership with the UNESCO New York Office, UNHQ, the Global Partnership for Education and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (CRI), and feature the participation of partners from the Global Education Coalition. 

Learning Planet Festival

Capturing the spirit of the International Day of Education, CRI and UNESCO have spearheaded a Learning Planet Festival to celebrate learning in all contexts and share innovations that fulfill the potential of every learner, no matter what their circumstances. 

Writing Essay Contest Le Petit Prince

The CRI will also be unveiling the winners of an essay contest of “Le Petit Prince”.  

Imagine that the Little Prince is Back!

Capturing the spirit of the International Day of Education, UNESCO and partners have spearheaded the Learning Planet Festival to celebrate learning in all contexts and share innovations that fulfil the potential of every learner, no matter what their circumstances. 

The winners of an essay contest of “Le Petit Prince” will be unveiled as part of the Day’s celebrations.

Some thoughts:

Unfortunately, European countries  have decided not to open schools after Christmas break like the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands. All have delayed returning children to the classroom.

Other like Portugal and France reopened schools but for the moment Portugal has re-closed during 15 days (primary and secondary schools), universities are on remote learning. Only France continues with schools open.

I think it will be another difficult year to commitment and follow-up actions taken to protect education through the recovery, increase inclusion and combat drop-out 

Scientists have warned of the risks of reopening schools as Covid-19 rates are on the rise across Europe.

credits: UNESCO

500 million students are unable to access education due to the shift to remote learning. 

100 school days lost on average in 2020If one day without school is already one too many, can you imagine a 100?

"Governments have endeavoured to minimize country-wide closures – down from 190 countries at the peak in April 2020 to 30 countries now –in favour of partial and/or local closures. Schools are now fully open in 101 countries."


The #COVID19 crisis caused the largest ever learning disruption, affecting 1.6 billion students worldwide.

Full school closures must be a last resort & reopening them safely a priority. Indeed. 


How to give voice to the COVID-19 generation to express their concerns and aspirations in the face of a future marked by an economic recession and climate change? Students feel vulnerable.

That's the principal interrogation on this third International Day of Education. The challenges to achieving universal education can't be real.


"As the world continues to battle the pandemic, education – as a fundamental right and a global public good – must be protected to avert a generational catastrophe.

In 2021, we must seize all opportunities to turn this situation around.

We must also step up our efforts to reimagine education – training teachers, bridging the digital divide and rethinking curricula to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to flourish in our rapidly changing world."

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General's message 2021 



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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Education : Best of 2020 : Semester #1


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Looking back 2020 I've come up with a roundup of what's been the best posts of my blog The Digital Teacher G-Souto

As I do during the first weeks in January every year, I am taking some time off to relax with family and prepare for the new year? No not this year. Just a memory.

I'm respecting lockdown since December. Yes, like the most of European countries and all over the world. Not easy to survive without seeing family and friends. And no culture at all. 

Concerts. theatre, movies. Closed everywhere. Luckily we have books. Internet and TV. We can read, visit virtual museums, listen some good music. And writing. Not so often as the past years. Most schools have been closed. Remote learning is there to stay. And continues in 2021.

Teachers have been in the frontlines of enabling the sudden shift to remote learning. Within a matter of weeks, educators have had to quickly adapt their engaging, aligned, in-person lessons into online learning for their students, during 2020 and continue in 2021.

"I believe all children should be able to attend school full-time, if at all possible, for many different reasons, such as social development, a safe place to be when parents are out working, and a range of cultural and sporting activities that would be difficult to do at home, as well as the importance of learning with skilled, trained teachers and other students."

Tony Bates

It's my conviction too. Children an teen are happier at school, learn better, develop social skills, they need to be among their school mates, learn in-person lessons, having teachers near. I hope this time could be back soon.

Below you’ll find the top posts of first semester 2020 containing different themes: education & IT, Covid-19, history, languages, art, science, environment, literature, e-safety, sports, dance, children's books, animation.

Christopher Sadowski

The selection is based on page views but also based on pedagogical relevance of the most-read posts.

I kept the order of the most viewed, and eliminated the posts that seemed less relevant. The main reason? Sometimes some posts acquire too much visibility, not for their value but for the keywords that the search engines "like" indexing.

Je suis ravie de partager avec vous le Top des billets les plus lus sur mon blog The Digital Teacher G-Souto, 1er semestre 2020 . Vous continuez à me suivre quotidiennement. Je me rends compte que souvent des étudiants me visitent.

Je vous en remercie, chers enseignants, chers lecteurs, de votre intérêt et m’efforce d’être toujours au plus proche d'événements concernant des idées pédagogiques afin de vous présenter des ressources et outils pédagogiques, au numérique ou pas. 

Pas si souvent comme les années d'avant. Le confinement, les école fermées, pas de culture, nous laissent un peu sans la volonté nécessaire d'avancer

Les technologies ont donné à cette année de Covid-19 les outils nécessaires pour l'enseignement à distance. Mais dans quelques pays, les écoles ont été réouvertes. Comme chez nous. Bien qu'une partie de l'enseignement continue à distance.

Des grandes thématiques: éducation, Covid-19, histoire, langues, science, cyber-bullying, culture, littérature, animation, arts, environnement.

Des ressources pédagogiques en ligne, et des adaptations personnelles de façon à permettre à tous les élèves la réussite dans leur parcours scolaire.

credits: David Mbiyu/SOPA/Rex/Shutterstock

Here are the most popular posts 1st semester 2020:

Le Top des billets semestre 1, 2020:

My usual readers know I write in English, French and Portuguese. Let´s begin...

Stay At Home Europe Day ! Let´s enjoy & learn ! #TogetherweareEurope

Photo Contest : Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads 2019 #UNESCOSkillsRoads

My special choice of the #1st semester 2020?  Let's talk about Water Day & COVID-19 : Clean Care is Safe Care !

Of course Covid-19 marked 2020 all over the world. The UN Secretary-General said:

"All of us face a common threat – the coronavirus – COVID 19.
Today’s declaration of a pandemic is a call to action – for everyone, everywhere.
It’s also a call for responsibility and solidarity – as nations united and as people united.
As we fight the virus, we cannot let fear go viral.
Together, we can still change the course of this pandemic – but that means addressing inaction."
António Guterres, Secretary-General UN message

Unfortunately, the world united could not change the course of the terrible pandemic. The fight is unequal. And the number of victims is horrendus.

There's hope. A vaccine was developed and people have been vaccinated all of the world countries. Let's learn about vaccine progress from the OHS.
Please pay attention. Follow the OHS advices.

Hoping to have inspired you in your lessons all over the year.

May 2021 be year of hope for all of us, be brave, teachers and students. And don't forget to keep social distance, use your masks.

Teachers who teach with passion in such difficult moments. Guiding our students the best you can to help them to be 
to the future should be a mission from the heart!


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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Happy and Healthy Year 2021 ! Hope, solidarity, serenity !


So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change.

John Mayer,Waiting on the world to change, lyrics

Mudar o mundo é mudar os ponteiros onde se marca o bem e o mal. Não quer dizer pô-los ao contrário, mas dar-lhes andamento certo.

A vontade de transformar o mundo. Desgraçado do povo que não compreende isso: ele não tem génio. E triste do poeta que não sente assim, porque ele não tem simpatia pela vida. 
Agustina Bessa-Luís*Mudar o Mundo
Opera Omnia, Dicionário Imperfeito, 
Guimarães Editores, Lisboa, Junho 2008

To my friends and colleagues
May we take the time to let be happy and healthy
How much it means to us family and friends
To have them in our lives.

Happy New Year! Best wishes for 2021!

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

October in Review & 1st International Day of Epidemic Preparedness


1st International Day of Epidemic Preparedness

As exemplified by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic major infectious diseases and epidemics have devastating impacts on human lives, wreaking havoc on long-term social and economic development. 

For the first time since 1945, the entire world is confronted by a common threat, regardless of nationality, ethnicity or faith.

credits: UN Women/Louie Pacardo

Global health crises threaten to overwhelm already overstretched health systems, disrupt global supply chains and cause disproportionate devastation for people in the poorest and most vulnerable countries. 

There is an urgent need for resilient and robust health systems that reach everyone. So United Nations invite the world to observe the first International Day of Epidemic Preparedness on 27 December.

The UN General Assembly invite all to observe the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness annually in an appropriate manner and in accordance with national contexts and priorities, through education and awareness-raising activities, in order to highlight the importance of the prevention of, preparedness for and partnership against epidemics.

There is great need of raising awareness, the exchange of information, scientific knowledge and best practices, quality education, and advocacy programmes on epidemics at the local, national, regional and global levels as effective measures to prevent and respond to epidemics.

Must not forget at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers have demonstrated an exceptional display of solidarity across the world. Responding to calls for help from their local communities, they are everyday heroes.

And now, time to the review of the most popular posts of the forgotten October. Let's remember it!

Here are the most popular posts of the forgotten October:

Hoping you had a lovely Christmas although the physical distance with some of the loved ones.

Soon you're returning to school first days in January 2021. Such a great Hope with the vaccine for our eldest ones, parents, grandparents, doctors and nurses.

It's important to alert students to continue the social distance, inside and outside school! And waring masks.

Education, hope and resilience! The three most important words to share in this final year 2020.

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