Thursday, April 28, 2016

Schools : It's Intl Dance Day ? Let's Dance !

Sydney Dance Company
credits: Metropolitain Barcelona

make dance
a movement of love
a movement of justice
the light of truth

Lemi Ponifasio, message

On April 29, 2016 International Dance Day, also known as World Dance Day, is celebrated every year through promotion by the International Dance Council (CID). 

The day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute

The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, who was born in 1727, a French dancer and ballet master and a great reformer of dance.

The annually observed World Dance Day should increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the general public. Its goal is also to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education. 

Every year a message from a well known dance personality is circulated throughout the world. 

Lemi Ponifasio
credits: Mau

the Earth is turning
humans in mass migration
turtles gather in silent preparation
the heart is injured (...)

Lemi Ponifasio, message

"Dance shouldn’t be like watching wrestling – it should have opinions"

Lemi Ponifasio

In 2016, ITI organized the celebration of the 34th Anniversary of International Dance Day on April, 29th at Grande Halle La Villette in Paris, honoring one of the most talented dance artists of our time, the talented choreographer Lemi Ponifasio from Samoa and New Zeland

Ponifasio will give a lecture, with MAU, Dance Company of the Shanghai Theatre Academy and Shantala Shivalingappa performing selections from their repertoires.

Lemi Ponifasio is a Samoan choreographer, directeur, designer and artist. In 1995, he founded MAU at Auckland, in New Zealand, company that works with communities and dancers of the worldwilde. En Samoan, MAU means « my destiny ».

Lemi Bonifasio
credits: Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Lemi Ponifasio has been invited by the International Dance Council to be 2016’s International Dance Day message author. 

His missive will be broadcast to the world community in celebration of the power and vision of dance in particular – and the performing arts in general.

Apocalypsis at Toronto’s Luminato Festival in 2015, directed by Lemi Ponifasio. 
Photo: Mau

"Lemi Ponifasio défie les conventions artistiques : images oniriques, cérémonie sacrificielle, espace sonore viscéral, jeu entre lumière et obscurité. 

Le chorégraphe joue ses œuvres dans le monde entier : de l’Académie de Musique de Brooklyn à la Ruhrtriennale en passant par le Southbank de Londres et la Biennale de Venise. 

La première de sa pièce I AM pour le 100e anniversaire de la Première Guerre Mondiale avait eu lieu au Festival d’Avignon en 2014.

I Am/ Lemi Ponifasio/ Festival Avignon 2014
credits:Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Despite being compared to the likes of Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham, Ponifasio doesn’t really see himself as being a representative of the dance world.

"People think what I’m doing is dance so they call me a choreographer, but I don’t really set out to create dance. I never went to dance school and my approach to dance, theatre or any performance is quite different from that of European theatre, where they depict events and characters. What I’m trying to do is to bring the audience into a moment. Somebody else said it was dance, it wasn’t me.”

Lemi Ponifasio

Ponifasio danced alone for most of his 20s and only worked within a company setting when he turned 30. As he found his own voice, he also found unexpected motivation in an activist’s words that “only dead fish flow with the current”.

Credits: New York City Ballet



touch the cosmos
the source of our divinity
the face of the ancestors
so we can see our children

Lemi Ponifasio, message

Beautiful message don't you think? So inspirational to students and teachers on this day!

Dance is a fun and fresh activity to include into School curricula. School curricula without Arts (Music, Dance, Theater) will have very poor curricula. Students will have an incomplete education.
I often debate on this blog the importance of the importance of Arts DanceMusic, Theatre,LiteraturePoetry Painting - in school education

Having a master on Music, I know how enjoyable is my life with my education on Arts, Music and Literature.

For too long, dance has been 'the Cinderella of the arts world' - never invested in to any great or consistent degree. 
World Dance Day is a huge opportunity to raise the level of provision of dance in schools.  

Sometimes young people take part in dance through primary school but by the age of 12-13 most have stopped? Because there is no dance curriculum.
Arts are losing the opportunity to include Dance in their activities extra-school curriculum.
Arts at school education! Having a master on Music that completed may academic education on Linguistics and Literature, I know how enjoyable it is my life with my education on Arts.
"In a world of extraordinary complexity, a premium is placed on one's ability to quickly process massive amounts of wildly varying types of information. Musical instruction helps young people develop the brain capacity to process a lot of information and to organize and present it."

"For me, the key is working with the community and to connect that work with real life, to affect and change what people are doing." 

Lemi Ponifasio
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Schools, participate ! Girls in ICT Day 2016

Since 2011, International Girls in ICT Day has been celebrated in 150 countries around the world with more than 5,300 events and participation of over 177,000 girls and young women. 

International Girls in ICT Day will be celebrated on the 28 April 2016. It's celebrated on the 5th Thursday of every April and it is an initiative started by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the European Commission (EC) that aims to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the sector of technology
In 2015, more than 66,000 girls and young women have taken part in over 1,800 celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day 2015 in over 130 countries worldwide!

The 6th session of Girls in ICT Day will be held at ITU Headquarters at Geneva.

ITU's Girls in ICT Day is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness among girls and young women about the importance of digital skills for a successful professional career in all sectors and encouraging them to consider studies and careers in information and communication technologies (ICT).
Girls in ICT Day is a time when girls can assess the impact of ICTs on their own lives and gives them the opportunity to reflect on the importance of ICTs to their future careers. 

Neelie Kroes

Neelie Kroes, former Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner in charge of Digital Agenda is the muse of girls and women in ICT #EveryGirlDigital

On 25 April 2013, Brussels hosted one of the Girls in ICT events, co-organised by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the ITU.

credits: Stocksy


It's a day where girls gain hands-on skills in ICT development, and realize that coding, blogging, or app development is a fun and creative way to make a difference in the digital world.

The purpose of the day is to inspire action and identify workable solutions at the European and global level that would address the issue of the female leaking pipeline in ICT training and careers.

To ensure that interested students can find more information about such events in their country, the ICT Studies and Careers Section includes links to national Girls in ICT Day activities.


Theses activities can be done at school. Girls and teachers may interact:
  • Invite girls and young women who are at the age to choose their study or career options

  • Invite teachers and career advisers who are often not aware of the ICT sector

  • Reach out to women role models in the local ICT sector to inspire girls and young women.

  • Share examples of innovative solutions which aim at getting more girls and women into ICT jobs!

Level: All levels.

Programming activities will depend of you as teachers and the level you are teaching.

ITU's Girls in ICT Day is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness among girls and young women about the importance of digital skills for a successful professional career in all sectors and encouraging them to consider studies and careers in information and communication technologies (ICT).
Girls in ICT Day is a time when girls can assess the impact of ICTs on their own lives and gives them the opportunity to reflect on the importance of ICTs to their future careers. 

How to organize an event:

Organizing an event in yout school to celebrate Girls in ICT Day is a worthwhile effort. It's the chance to raise awareness about the opportunities of the ICT sectoy and empower your students, girls and young women with the knowledge that careers in ICT can be for them.
There is no particular model or template to organize Girls in ICT Day events. 
You can create your own event, tailoring to your school context and means. 

Teachers can target smaller groups of girls (one class) or they can aim to reach dozen of girls (several classes, in different groups)


Stay tuned to this ITU Facebook page as Girls in ICT Day activities will be streaming live from ITU HQ on 28 April, 11am CET!

Ask your questions via the Comments section.

International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April each year and will next be celebrated on 28 April 2016. Schools The are welcomed to plan their event on the official date or depending on the local holidays and context the Girls in ICT Day event can be held in the weeks around the fourth Thursday of April.


Girls in ICT Day events in Europe and worldwide. Search here

Girls in ICT 2014

  • A bright Future in ICT's Opportunities for a new generation of women:

The future of the ICT sector is exciting. These are unchartered waters open to creativity, innovation and entirely new ways of working, interacting and learning that should appeal to women and men alike. The Institute for the Future identifies six drivers most likely to shape the future workforce: longer life spans; a rise in smart devices and systems; advances in computational systems such as sensors and processing power; new multimedia technology; the continuing evolution of social media; and a globally connected world. The ICT sector clearly underpins this future. Read more here
Get inspired:
  • Videos
  • Profiles of Women in ICT

Read more here

Other Resources - Schools:

  • Banners, Logos, Flyers, Presentations, Templates, Tolkits, Videos
Read more here
Program designed to engage young women interested in STEM and advance their pursuit of STEM careers through mentoring and 21st-century skills development. 

Join #GirlsDigital and organize a “Girls in ICT Day” event on or around 28 April 2016 and be a part of this initiative to empower young girls in ICT.

Share your ideas and activities to help inspire girls, educators, and the ICT industry to get involved. 

And don’t forget to tag your conversations with #GirlsinICT so Girls in ICT Day  can all follow :-)


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