Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Teachers ! Join the World's Largest Lesson

World Leaders have committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: 
  • End extreme poverty. 
  • Fight inequality & injustice. 
  • Fix climate change. 
The 17 Global Goals

If every school in the world teaches children about these goals, educators will help them become the generation that will change the world.

Goal 4 : Education
The goal 4 is Education. Our most important goal as educators. 

This Goal aims to ensure that by 2030 all girls and boys around the world can complete free primary and secondary education. 

You could show in the classroom the film clip below from UNICEF to start off a lesson on the topic of 4th goal, education:

In the clip, children from all around the world tell us what education means to them - what does it mean to the children in your class?

It also includes targets supporting: the provision of pre-school education; equal access to tertiary and vocational education; enhanced vocational, technical, numeracy and literacy skills among young people and adults; reduced gender disparity in education provision; enhanced provision for vulnerable people and those with disabilities; and the recruitment of more teachers, especially in less developed.

Let's start our world's largest lesson ! Everything you need for your World's Largest Lesson is available at the website The World's Largest Lesson

Languages: The resources are available in 10 languages. No excuse ! You will find your language or the language you teach this school year.

The resources are introduced by children's heroes and are available in 10 languages, as i wrote above. They are straight forward and easy to use or develop.

With teachers and students helping we are going to have an amazing story to tell! 


Digital Resources:

On the website The World's Largest Lesson you will find everything you need to teach a lesson. You can find:
  • Lesson plans created by teachers, 
  • A techers' guide, 
  • A comic book ; a wonderful animation, 
  • a Global Goals guide for young people, and much more.
These pages provide information and resources to support teaching about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
On the website, you will find a wealth of background information on all of the Global Goals, together with teaching tips, classroom activity ideas and links to lesson plans, film clips and teaching packs.

  • Teachers guide: plans. Each plan have the time and age range;
  • The goals : a global goals animation video ; the global goals comic book ; the global goals guide written by and for children and young people across the world.
  • Global animation video:

  • The global goals comic book:

The Global Goals comic book

Comics are effective teaching tools.  They require readers to not only passively receive information, but also interact with the text and images to construct meaning, and that is the key to the magic. Words and pictures work together!
Heroes for Change comic introduces the Global Goals and invites children to become superheroes themselves, by taking action to end poverty, inequality and climate change.

Students can read the comic book online ; download or print comic here.

Teachers can find more about using comics in the classroom here
  • The global goals comic book ; the global goals guide written by and for children and young people:

As educators, we have the power to inform and empower children and young people, so they are able to take action to help end poverty, reduce inequality and fight climate change.

  • Subjects & ideas:
Here are some teaching ideas for exploring the Goal 4 through different subjects:

English / Mother tongue (in 10 languages): Invite your students to write letters to friends in other countries (real or imaginary) describing school and school experiences.
Maths: Calculate percentages of boys/girls, primary/secondary etc pupils in education in different countries.
Geography: Use ShowWorld maps to help analyse education situations in different countries.
History: Focus on a historic education campaign (for example, education for girls, free education, universal primary education, other) and study the motivations, process and outcomes.

Civics : Students can imagine being the teacher for a day and write and perform role-plays of how they would run a class.
I do it sometimes, and students love playing the teacher. They prepare the lesson very well and they run a class with teacher tutoring and classmates cooperating.

Age range : from 4/5 to 15/16

Other resources: 

You can download a toolkit for children and young people who want to make sure their voice is heard in a post-2015 world. 

The toolkit will help them develop the advocacy and campaign actions that they themselves want to take.

Some thoughts:

It’s one great big opportunity to foster global citizenship in your school, support students learning across a range of subject areas such as languages, science, geography, maths, citizenship and technology and develop big ideas including human rights, poverty, and environmental issues.

Students love to participate in great human causes. I remember the Earth Day first time they had the opportunity to join the Global Campaign for EducationPeace Day, We can end PovertyZero Discrimination.

Schools and teachers have a great role inspiring children and young adults know what they can do to get involved and become true global citizens!

The Global Goals and some of their themes can select and shape lessons that are relevant for the children that you teach.

Of course, you can share stories, photos and videos of your lessons directly The World Largest Lesson website or on twitter or facebook


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Education : European Reseachers' Night is Wonder-ful !


The European Researchers' Night celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Families, school pupils, students, came along and found out why 'Science is Wonderful!

All the events will take place - simultaneously - on 25 September across Europe and beyond. More than 30 countries and over 300 cities are involved.

At the Tallinn City Museum, in Estonia, those with an interest in science will be able to learn how to make masks to protect themselves from infectious diseases. In Poznan, Poland, car race enthusiasts will see how a Formula 1 car is built. The Public Library in Birmingham, UK, will allow visitors to generate their own hologram and take it home with them. But there is much, much more.

E Agora Frankenstein?
foto: Francisca Miranda

The Marionet and the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra defy researchers from all areas of knowledge to create and act a theatre play that will be presented during the European Researchers’ Night, on September 25th among other activities
This year, the International Year of Light as stated by UNESCO, the them we will explore will be… LIGHT.
Sounds amazing! In Coimbra, Portugal.

The European Researchers' Night  takes place every year all over Europe and beyon the last Friday of September. 

Schools, families, will have the opportunity to become a scientist for a day, discovering different scientific disciplines and, most of all, have fun.


Reserachers' Night offers the opportunity to discover research facilities that are usually not open to public such as:

  • laboratories; 
  • research centres; Planeatariums;
  • museum collections;

Families and schools (students, teachers) can use the most recent technologies and instruments with the guidance of scientists, participate in experiments, competitions and quizzes, watch demonstrations and simulations, exchange ideas and party with the researchers.

Last 23 September 2015 in Brussels, the 10th Anniversary of the European Researchers' Night celebrated science in the EU with an event at the Autoworld Museum in Brussels open for all. 

For 10 years, the European Researchers' Night has brought science to the masses with events across Europe. 

credits: © christelleg

In Brussels, in the margins of this year's edition, the European Commission organised, on 23 September, "Science is wonder-ful", a special event to look back at the best of the European Researchers' Nights over the last decade.

This year’s European Researchers’ Night is based around the theme of ‘Science is Wonder-ful!’

The annual event celebrates science whilst encouraging young people to pursue careers in research; the Europe-wide event is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

The European Researchers' Night attracts over 1 million people every year. This mega event offers visitors a unique opportunity to meet researchers and take part in science activities aiming to showcase both the fascination of research as a career and its significant societal impact.


Live experiments, face-to-face chats with current researchers, quick-fire 3-minute presentations of projects from the people involved and an exhibition of the top inventions and discoveries given life thanks to EU support are just some of what's in store at the anniversary event. 

A different and exciting Science lesson for sure ! A live lesson! Teachers and students can join other groups of students and educators that will be everywhere  participating in some  awesome live pedagogical experiences.

Let your students meet the real scientists, talk to them, make some curious questions, understand the real meaning of Science.

Don't miss the European Researchers' Night 2015!

The events are free to attend and open to the public, including families and schools.

Where to go:
Do you want to take part of an event in your city? With your students, your family, friends on your own, you will find yourself exploring science in engaging ways. 

Use the interactive map, to see what events and activities are organised this year.

The events offer a wide variety of fun-learning activities, from behind-the-scenes guided tours of research labs, planetariums that are normally closed to the public, through funny interactive science shows, to hands-on experiments or workshops.

Mobile devices :

Of course tablets, iphones, smartphones are allowed. Students can and do use technology to support their learning but they need to be guided to do so responsibly by their teachers. Nobody thinks to let the students use smatphones without a careful and teacher guide.

These devices are important to improve learning, on this event, to take pictures, to note interesting ideas, to register some fun activity or a good little interview to a scientist, to contact classmates other city or country, to share the most exciting activities of the night.

Students will discuss their activities and experimentations in science lessons   next Monday.

Social media:

Stay tuned and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Facebook profiles from a lot of European schools or Twitter profiles linked to European Researchers' Night 2015 will be exciting to contact other schools and share different points of vue about all the activities.

Don't miss the European Researchers' Night nexy Friday, 26 September 2015! I'll be around.

Science is wonder-ful !


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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Education for a different world : International Day of Peace

credits : UN

"I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is 

“Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” 

It aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace. 

Credits : UN

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. 

The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. Since wars begin in the minds of women and men, it in the minds of women and men that the defences of peace must be constructed. 

"Peace must be built in the minds of women and men, on the basis of human rights and dignity, through cooperation in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. Solidarity and dialogue are the strongest foundations for peace, guided by equality, respect and mutual understanding."

Irina Bokova, Directore-General Unesco

"Education is the foundation of any lasting peace. It is the driving force behind freedom and tolerance. It stems the tide of ignorance and mutual misunderstanding, the means by which disagreements all too often degenerate into violence. Education fosters the culture of dialogue that is necessary to resolve conflicts."

Irina Bokova, message


"We see the rise of a new generation of digital natives today," (...) "Our task must be to empower a new generation of digital citizens at the global level – starting with education, new intercultural skills, and deeper media and information literacy. Our goal must be to support the positive civic engagement of young people and youth initiatives online, to support cohesive societies, to advance peace on the basis of respect, human rights and dialogue."

Irina Bokova, July 2015

Celebrating International Day of Peace in schools is only a start to motivate students to practice a peaceful behaviour in school and along adult life. 

So, we must intregate the theme of peace every day, every moment in the curriculum we teach.

There's a new young generation of peace minds, believe me! Just look how the new generations are helping the refugees in some European countries. I'm proud of young generation of my country.

This is a matter of education in school and in the family. This is why,  they are open minds.

Ideas for activities with your students:

  • Begin to ask students to make some research  on human rights in your country, comparing to other countries. They must use tablets, smartphones in the classroom;
  • Create a webpage on the website of the school or on a personal blog to build a digital pledge on peace education. Ask students to help you. They have excellent ideas, some of them have good ICT skills...
  • Surprise school teachers and students from different classes by organizing a flash-mob outdoor. Ask for help the teacher of Music;
  • Choose a wall in the classroom or ask for a place at the school library for where students from different curricula can display their depictions of Peace through art works, street art, photography, storytelling, poetry ;
  • Motivate your students to create some brochures, flyers, pins, to distribute in your school and community. Ask for the participation of your colleague of Arts curriculum;
  • Organize an exhibition or a school newspaper including the best photos, drawings, texts (stories, poems, news) on the theme Peace;
  • Set up information stands on Internet, social media (online newspapers, tv/ radio); social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+) to raise school awareness on the issue;
  • Ask students to choose a little theater play to play in the school library. Invite parents, other teachers, the maire, even students from a schoolnear yours;
  • Display a movie on this theme in the classroom or in the school library, and invite teachers, parents, and other students to a round table discussion;


In our daysmore than ever, human rights and dignity must be our starting point, and dialogue must be our most powerful tool.

Postcards: UN postcards

Students can download postcards from here to send to some penpals:

Education for Peace : planning for curriculum reform - Guidelines for integrating an Education for Peace curriculum into education sector plans and policies.


Social media : Peace one day !

Facebook ; Twitter #PeaceDay ; Google+ ; Youtube.

If you are preparing some activitiesfill out the short form here and Peace One Day will share your inspiring ideas and plans for the day with its worldwide community of supporters, and multiply the impact of your important work.

Education should encompass values such as peace, non-discrimination, equality, justice, non-violence, tolerance and respect for human dignity. 

Quality education based on a human rights approach means that rights are implemented throughout the whole education system and in all learning environments.

In a world in complete change, young people have a relevant voice to demonstrate their critical thinking and creative ideas about a new intercultural dialogue, interconnectedness, capacity building, in order to innovate the society and build a different world  through important values as Peace and Culture.

"On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.  Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.  Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might."

Ban-Ki-moon, UN


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