Sunday, July 30, 2017

Civics Education : World Day Against Trafficking in Persons #ActToProtect

"Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex."
30 July 2017 marks the World Day Against Trafficking in PersonsTo mark this special day, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are encouraging people across the globe to express their solidarity with the millions of victims of human trafficking by giving back what they had stolen from them: hope. 
The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world.
Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims. 

© Alessandro Scotti
"Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. Additionally, women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims, the report states."
In September 2015, the world adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and embraced goals and targets on trafficking in persons. These goals call for an end to trafficking and violence against children; as well as the need for measures against human trafficking, and they strive for the elimination of all forms of violence against and exploitation of women and girls.
Of the nineteen commitments adopted by countries in the Declaration, three are dedicated to concrete action against the crimes of human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

Theme 2017: 

"Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons"

This year the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has chosen ‘act to protect and assist trafficked persons’ as the focus of the World Day  World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Infographics: courtesy Bon Secours and Safe Harbor
This topic highlights one of the most pressing issues of our time - the large mixed migration movements of refugees and migrants. The theme puts the spotlight on the significant impact of conflict and natural disasters, as well as the resultant, multiple risks of human trafficking that many people face. 

It addresses the key issue concerning trafficking responses: that most people are never identified as trafficking victims and therefore cannot access most of the assistance or protection provided.

credits: Elyx Yak


But we can change that. Together!

Teachers and students are enjoying the summer break. However, we can't forget those children and young adolescents who are among the human trafficking people.

This kind of inhuman violence against children is everywhere. We can't turn a blind eye. It’s impossible.

All children have the right to live free from traffick violence. Violence which keep children away from their family. Violence which harms their physical and mental growth. Violence which holds back every society.

We must show our solidarity with victims of human trafficking.

Downloading the how to and participating in the activities on 30 July, marking the World Day throughout the globe.

We have a school blog and social media accounts in our name or school account. We can alert our students about the World Day Against Trafficking Persons and call them to support #BlueHeart social media campaign. 

I'm sure we and our students will support this #ActToProtect social media campaign. 

Students love social media, they are connected all day long.And they are kind, they practice solidarity to other children and young people.


If you are preparing your lessons to the next school year (August or September depending of the country or continent you are teaching), think to include this human subject into your lessons. There's always time to share civic values.


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Students : Summer break ? Her'e's a EU Photo Competition !

Photo Contest : #EU in My Region

Are you on holiday and live in Europe? Want to see Brussels and participate in an exciting photo workshop? 

Take part in the #EUinmyRegion competition until 28 August and get a chance to win the EU Photo Competition 2017.

Participate in the Europe in My Region photo competition for a chance to win a 2-night trip for two to Brussels and to take part in a photography workshop in 9-12 October 2017.

The photography workshop is offered by The Photo Academy which organises photo classes for the general public across Europe.


The competition:

Europe in My Region is a European Union-wide campaign encouraging citizens to discover European projects near them. 

In 2017, four different initiatives - project openings, a photo contest, a project hunt and a blogging contest.

Information +

Invite the public to visit projects, share your images and experiences via social media. Thousands of EU projects open their doors mainly in May, a project hunt was organised from 2 May to 14 June, a blogging contest was running until 27 June. And a photo contest is running from 2 May to 28 August 2017.

Young Europeans, students who from all over the Europe, begin in you region, and discover, play and win trips across Europe!


The Europe in My Region Photo Competition aims to highlight the excellent work that projects across the European Union and candidate countries are doing with the help of EU funding, and make citizens notice what Europe is doing for them in their region.
It is an opportunity for a personal reflection on the role of EU funded projects from people who are living, working or visiting near projects and to celebrate the work they do.


To enter the competition, all you need to do is take a photo of a project receiving EU funding you know or have seen, with the EU funding information and the EU flag somewhere in the picture.

The deadline for submitting up to 3 photos is 27 August 2017, 23:59 Central European Summer Time.

How to take part? 3 easy steps:

  • Spot an EU-funded project
  • Take a photo: EU flag and funding information should be clearly visible somewhere in the picture
  • Submit up to 3 photos via the APP

Important Dates:

  • Submission of photos: 2 May-27 August 2017, 23:59 CEST
  • Voting: 1-10 September 2017, 23:59 CEST
  • Jury meeting: 11-14 September 2017
  • Announcement of the winners: 15 September 2017
  • Winners to come to Brussels: 9-12 October 2017.


Three winners will be selected by a jury of photography and social media experts, and people vote.

Voting:  1 September-10 September 2017 
 23:59 CEST

Any Facebook user can vote for his photo, so motivate your friends to do so! 

Announcement of the winners:

Winners will be announced on 15 September 2017.


Each winner gets to participate in a photography workshop in Brussels, and wins a trip for two to Brussels during the European Week of Regions and Cities from 09 to 12 October 2017.

Further information:

EUinMyRegion2017 Gallery:

Want to admire some photos already submitted?

Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Catarina. G.

Constanta, Romania
Corina, R.


Interesting activity to students who love Photograpy or study Arts Photography, don't you think? An interesting activity during their summer break.

Students love participate in contests. They get excited to show off their skills no matter the contest. But a contest about photograpy?  

It will be gorgeous inviting 
students in Photography via social networks to valorize European countries. And seeing them traveling on their own region to get a good picture.

They will participate in this photo contest uploading a photo that they can shot in a big city, a small town, whatever in their country.

Genre of photography that can be understood as the product of an artistic interaction between a photographer and an urban public space with EU fundings.

Street or urban photographer’s images are not intended to illustrate a new story. Instead, their primary goal is expressive and communicates a subjective impression of the Eu fundings in their region. 

#EUinMyRegion could be an interesting activity for those students who are enjoying summer holidays or to those students who preparing their exams. During a breack and going, a good relaxing activity.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer holiday... for few days !

Good morning from the north of PortugalPerfect summer day admiring the sea  in front on me and the country side behind. Enjoying every bit.

Wherever you are I hope that you're having a great time too.

Despite my best efforts to slow down time, only today I could go out for a summer break! Only few days...

Summer break is obviously one of the best things humankind has ever come up with, I am excited! It's my 'first' break of this summer. 

I will be going to the beach in the morning, revisiting the beautiful little town in the afternoon, taking a coffee on a terrace, walking.

At night, I'm be going to a concert and practicing some yoga outdoors other night observing the the moon. Wow! Wonderful activities.

I will tell you later my short break summer.
 I've done.

I'll be back to posting the normal Roundup in a next weekend.



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Friday, July 21, 2017

Marshall McLuhan : a reference in information and technology in schools !

Marshall McLuhan
credits: Yousuf Karsh

"Long before we started looking to our screens for all the answers, Marshall McLuhan saw the internet coming - and predicted just how much impact it would have."

Google Doodle:

Today 21st July, Google celebrates the 106th brithday of Marshall McLuhan with a eye-catched animated Doodle. The Doodle illustrates this theory by showing how McLuhan viewed human history. 

Google Doodle Marshall McLuhan’s 106th Birthday

He saw it through the lens of 4 distinct eras: the acoustic age, the literary age, the print age, and the electronic age

Marshall McLuhan
The Gutenberg Galaxy

His first major book, The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962), I read it and study his ideas in my days of College as a student, popularized the term “global village”: the idea that technology brings people together and allows everyone the same access to information. He 'predicted the internet' 30 years before.

Decades later, Google honores the man whose prophetic vision of the “computer as a research and communication instrument” has undeniably become a reality.

Marshall McLuhan

Who was Marshall McLuhan?

The Canadian philosopher and professor born in 1911 specialised in media theory, McLuhan came to prominence in the 1960s, just as TV was becoming part of everyday life. 
At the center of his thinking was the idea that society is shaped by technology and the way information is shared.
His first major book, The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962), I read it and study his ideas in my days of College as a student, popularized the term “global village”: the idea that technology brings people together and allows everyone the same access to information. 
He wrote: “The next medium, whatever it is - it may be the extension of consciousness—will include television as its content, not as its environment, and will transform television into an art form."

Marshall McLuhan
In Understanding Media (1964), McLuhan further examined the transformative effects of technology and coined his famous phrase:
 “The medium is the message.” 
He believed that the way in which someone receives information is more influential than the information itself. 

Understanding Media (1964)
Marshall McLuhan
"In his book, McLuhan analyzes traditional forms of media, such as film, radio, print books, and television, but also analyzes platforms that might be considered less orthodox forms of media, such as games, houses, money, clocks, and automobiles, arguing that nearly any object with which man interacts (especially various forms of technology) shapes how he perceives the world, and, in turn how he communicates with others."

Marshall McLuhan, 1966
credits: Bettmann/Corbis
Throughout the '60s and '70s, McLuhan made frequent TV appearances to share his theories with both followers and skeptics.
McLuhan, who died in 1980, is also credited with predicting the world wide web 30 years before it was invented. 


McLuhan has been one of the biggest influences on my thinking about the use of broadcasing and new technology for teaching.

Teaching languages on TV School (80's for a decade) it became clear as I started to collect data on students’ responses to the TV School programs that something odd was going on. 

 “Any moment of television provides more data than could be recorded in a dozen pages of prose” 

McLuhan, 1964, p. 52

TV education
credits: NASA

Students responded much more emotionally to the TV School lessons than to the printed course activities. It was clear that the TV School students (most were young adults) responded quite differentially to concrete or abstract representations of knowledge, to print and to television for study purposes. So when television started to be used for secondary teaching(high junior schools).

"Print culture, ushered in by the Gutenberg press in the middle of the fifteenth century, brought about the cultural predominance of the visual over the aural/oral. [This has resulted in] the ingraining of lineal, sequential habits, but, even more important, … the visual homogenizing of experience of print culture, and the relegation of auditory and other sensuous complexity to the background." […] 

 McLuhan, in Tthe Gutenberg Galaxy

The medium was used quite differently from print (and in my view very appropriately), and for many of our students this was what they would like in education to be. So we as teachers were excited by the teaching possibilities of television and contributed greatly to the design and new ideas of the lschool programs.

Education Elements

And I turned out those data and experience to the Internet education when I left TV school and I went back to face-to-face teaching including blended learning into curriculum.

So, I could write these words:

“Today, the ordinary child lives in an electronic environment; he lives in a world of information overload” 

McLuhan, 1964b, p. 52

Here my tribute to the author who open my talent and skills to the new world of TV School - I have been a teacher on TV School on the 80s - and later to the Internet. 

I realized how successful was their role in education. I explored new technologies in 2001, e-learning platform, blogs, videos, games, social networking. So I'm convinced that different educational 'media' must be explored and include into school curricula.

"It’s a long time since I last read McLuhan. He’s one of those authors often quoted but rarely read in the original these days. As a result, I’ll probably go to the library and try to re-read him again."

Tony Bates, 2011



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