Monday, May 9, 2022

Schools : Europe Day & European Year of Youth : "The Future is now !"


© European Union

Europe Day, held on 9 May every year, celebrates peace and unity in the European Union. To mark Europe Day 2022, a variety of activities and events for all ages will take place throughout Europe. 

On this day, it is our collective duty to revitalize the European dream and re-invigorate European integration. COVID-19 has proven to us however that to protect the lives and health of citizens and preserve our economy, the European Union must take robust actions, proportionate to the dangers threatening us.

Europe Day is a day celebrating “Peace and Unity in Europe”, in commemoration of the Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950.

This year more than ever, it is fundamental the importance of working for peace in Europe, as we highlight our unity and solidarity with Ukraine.

  • Theme: 

Europe Day 2022 is titled "The Future is now!"

European Year of Youth 2022

This year, in the context of the European Year of Youth, the focus is put on young people’s voices for a better future. Find out what is happening near you and take part in the different activities to learn more about the EU and how it works.


European Year of Youth 2022

Europe Day commemorates the date French foreign minister at the time Robert Schuman presented the Schuman Declaration, on 9 May 1950. 72 years ago.

Schumann Declaration 1950

Schuman put forward the idea of a political cooperation in Europe to establish lasting peace between the European nations. This proposal gave rise to the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, which is now considered the foundation of the European Union, as we know it today.

On the occasion of ūüá™ūüáļ Europe Day, celebrated on 9 May, discover some facts about EU.

The focus of all EU institutions on this Europe Day 2022 is to engage young people in the context of the European Year of Youth, which is the main theme this year.

In parallel, a strong message to support and stand with Ukraine is being clearly conveyed at an interinstitutional level.

Make your voice heard! 2022 is the European Year of Youth, shining a light on the importance of European youth to build a better future – greener, more inclusive and digital.

The European Year of Youth is the moment to move forward with confidence and hope in a post-pandemic perspective.



Celebrate Europe Day !

Lots of activities and events are taking place around the EU Member States and all European teachers and students are is more than welcome to participate!

From concerts, to light shows to lively discussions, the European Parliament and European Commission are organising events around the EU. You can find out what is happening in each country by clicking on them in the interactive map.

Teachers and schools can prepare an interesting cross-curricular Europe Day

Propose your students some activities:

Theme: Europe Day 2022 is titled "The Future is now!"

  • Let the students explore all the links about European Union to be well informed about it.
  • Ask for a debate about the "pros & cons" to be a member of the EU or to become a new member of the EU.
  • Why Ukraine wants to become a member of the EU ? Let students talk about the war in Europe. They watch everyday the news, on TV or read on the social networks they prefer. The images are terrible. They fear the war. And they want to share ideas with teachers and schoolmates.
  • Invite them to make a Peace Wall on the school library: photos, news, drawings, letters to young people of Ukraine, an open letter to leaders of both countries involved in the conflict.

Students must practice critical thinking about the subject that is not consensual nowadays when Europe is experiencing a severe  political crisis due the war.

Ukrainian children ant teens are affected by fear, running out their country with their moms or grandmothers to other European countries. 

Perhaps your school received some Ukrainian young students and they are in your class. Invite them to teach some words in their mother language to you and your students.

Send a postcard to a friend or your family. Someone special!

Postcards are a great way to share thoughts and wishes with friends and family! Why not to young Ukrainians who have been received in your country!

Celebrate Europe Day with us by sending a real postcard to someone special!


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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Education: March in Review & Cartoon Youth Challenge !

Cartoon Youth Challenge

#CartoonYouthChallenge is a press cartoons campaign launched by Cartooning for Peace inviting young people to produce cartoons on their vision of what the world will be like after the coronavirus sanitary crisis.

#CartoonYouthChallenge is also an opportunity to allow the cartoons of young cartoonists to reach an international audience. At the end of this campaign, Cartooning for Peace will publish the 10 best cartoons on its website.

What is a press cartoon?

A press cartoon is a drawing that conveys a strong message and a point of view. It often tries to shock the readers, sometimes with humour, in order to raise their awareness on current events.


From the 1st of April to the 15th of May, to entertain during the lockdown, Cartooning for Peace invites young people to participate in the new #CartoonYouthChallenge, in partnership with Le Monde des Ados

An innovative and creative way to imagine the world after COVID-19!

Who can participate?

#CartoonYouthChallenge applies to young people from 12 to 20 years old, from all over the world

The cartoons can be in any language.

How to participate?

It’s easy, you just need to draw a press cartoon and post it on social network (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the following hashtags

  • #CartoonYouthChallenge and #theworldaftercovid19. 

You can add your age, nationality or place of residence to the post for more visibility. Above all, do not forget to sign your work!

Last chance: Don't forget! 15 May 2022

And now the posts of March 2022:

Great Women in Literature : Lesya Ukrainka, Ukrainian poetess : Values of peace & tolerance ! Resources

Earth Hour Europe ! The Benefits of Nature Restoration : Shape Our Future !

If teachers want to include the theme War in Europe - Ukraine under siege - they have some interesting resources: Poetry by Lesya Ukrainka.

Hoping that teachers and students read me about #CartoonYouthChallenge to participate in this creative competition to talk and shares ideas about Press Freedom with humour and sympathy.

Don't forget to celebrate today, May 3, World Press Freedom Day. It's also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.

Wherever you are I hope that you're having a safe time at school. 

I'll be back posting the normal roundup next week.



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Saturday, April 30, 2022

February in Review & International Jazz Day : let's play jazz to honor the great names


Jazz Day 2022

In 2011, UNESCO proclaimed 30 April as "International Jazz Day". UNESCO's aim was "to give voice to the message of dialogue and freedom, so the day was created in recognition that jazz brings people together to reinforce respect for the shared values, universal messages of peace, freedom and solidarity that jazz conveys."

The celebration of the 1st International Jazz Day happened in2012. Now in 30 April let's celebrate the 11th year 

 "Jazz is not just music, it is a way of life, it is a way of being, a way of thinking". 

Nina Simone

On April 30 at 9 AM New York / 15h00 Vienna, teachers and students gained a fascinating window into the rehearsal and performance process as students from the JAM Music Lab University in Vienna, Austria learn the music of legendary composer, pianist and educator Leonard Bernstein. Led by acclaimed pianist and JAM faculty member Danny Grissett.

Presented in collaboration with the JAM Music Lab University.

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"International Jazz Day was launched by UNESCO to raise awareness of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue and to enhance cooperation between peoples."

Vocational Jazz Schools had a true voice this year! Musicians, educators, students of schools of Jazz from around the world celebrated now every 30 April the Music they teach and learn.

Educator musicians share the vibrancy and vitality of jazz music with students and from around the world on April 30th – and all year round. 

Teachers and students can follow International Jazz Day on FacebookTwitter  or YouTube.

For videos, concerts and lessons there are almost all the videos as open education.

And you have a complete publication (resources and activities) about Leonard Bernstein.

And now here the posts of February 2022:

Hoping that teachers and students read me about International Jazz Day along these 11 years and played and heard some good jazz music.

Toots 100
Official Anniversary Concert 

Don't forget the Centenary of Toots Thielemans, an incredible musician often honored as the best jazz-harmonica-player in the world. 

Wherever you are I hope that you're having a better safe time at school. 

I'll be back posting the normal roundup next week.



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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

January in Review & À la rencontre du Petit Prince : manuscrit en France pour la 1ere fois


À la Rencontre du Petit Prince
Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Le Mus√©e des Arts D√©coratifs pr√©sente la premi√®re grande Exposition mus√©ale en France consacr√©e au Petit Prince, chef-d’Ňďuvre intemporel de la litt√©rature. 

Plus de 600 pi√®ces c√©l√®brent les multiples facettes d’Antoine de Saint-Exup√©ry : √©crivain, po√®te, aviateur, explorateur, journaliste, inventeur, philosophe, port√© toute sa vie par un id√©al humaniste, v√©ritable moteur de son Ňďuvre.

L'exposition se tiendra du 17 février au 26 juin 2022.

Le Petit Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Premi√®re √©dition du Petit Prince, 1943
Reynal & Hitchcock, New York (en français)
© Fondation JMP pour LPP

√Ä l’occasion de cet hommage, le manuscrit original, conserv√© √† la Morgan Library & Museum √† New York - les New Yorkais avaient pu en profiter en 2014.

Jamais pr√©sent√© au public fran√ßais, est mis en regard d’aquarelles, esquisses et dessins – pour la plupart in√©dits – mais √©galement des photographies, po√®mes, coupures de journaux et extraits de correspondances.

Antoine de Saint-Exup√©ry, Le petit prince d√©terrant des pousses de baobab, 1942
Aquarelle, encre et crayon sur papier
© Coll. Succession Saint Exup√©ry – d’Agay © Photo : The Morgan Library & Museum. MA 2592.20. Purchased on the Elisabeth Ball Fund, 1968

Le Petit Prince, dernier ouvrage √©dit√© du vivant de Saint-Exup√©ry, √©crit et publi√© aux √Čtats-Unis en 1943 mais paru en France en 1946, est depuis lors un succ√®s qui traverse les fronti√®res et les √©poques, porteur d’un message universel.

À la Rencontre du Petit Prince

Mus√©e des Arts D√©coratifs, Paris 

Impossible √©galement de parler du Petit Prince ou de Saint-Exup√©ry sans parler de dessin ! L'exposition rassemble de nombreuses Ňďuvres picturales cr√©√©es de la main de l'artiste fran√ßais, des dessins retrouv√©s dans des lettres, des brouillons, des carnets, des manuscrits de romans... 

Sa jeunesse, les moments marquants de sa vie, son service militaire et la Seconde Guerre mondiale, les rencontres d√©terminantes, ses amis et ses amours... Plus de 600 pi√®ces ont √©t√© rassembl√©es pour mettre en lumi√®re les multiples facettes d'Antoine de Saint-Exup√©ry. 

En r√©v√©lant les myst√®res de l'auteur, on d√©voile aussi tout ce qui se cache derri√®re Le Petit Prince, cette histoire pour enfants qui a marqu√© tant d'adultes.

  • Visites d√©tudes:

Si vous êtes professeur.e à Paris ou même en province, pensez à des visites d'études. Une exposition aussi complète et particulière est indispensable soit aux enseignants soit aux étudiants.

De même, si vous habitez à l'étranger mais pensez partir en voyage d'étude à Paris, pensez à y inclure une visite avec vos élèves à cette exposition si importante pour l'étude de Le Petit Prince.

Les enseignants pourront organiser des visites libres ou opter pour des visites guid√©es, sous r√©servation. 

Dates: du 22 frévier au 36 juin 2022

Visites guidées
Programme et tarifs > cliquez ici.

Atelier 4-6 ans
Petite maison, petit mouton > résérvations ici

Atelier 7-10 ans

And now here the review of the post of January 2022

Science : Let's watch 2022 Quadrantid meteor shower peaking January ! Resources

Schools : Professor Stephen Hawking : Google Arts & Culture exhibition & other virtual resources


My usual readers know that i write in English, French and Portuguese.

Wherever you are I hope that you're having a better safe time at school. Covid-9 measures are soft. No masks. We feel better.

However, take some care. Enjoy your life and profession. We are teachers for better and for worst. And we are better these days, after Easter season. Students need teachers and now they do love the school time, they appreciate more their teachers, after so many lockdowns during almost two years.

I'll be back posting the normal roundup next week.



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Friday, April 22, 2022

Schools : Earth Day : Invest in our Planet ! Resources

Earth Day

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Earth Day, held each year on April 22, is a day for everyone to appreciate our planet and take better care of it. It's also a great day to get outside and appreciate the spectacular natural resources Earth provides us, like beaches, forests, waterfalls, deserts and everything in between.

Earth Day has grown into the world’s biggest civic event, celebrated by a billion people in more than 190 countries. 

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Theme 2022:

"Invest in our Planet #InvestinourPlanet!"

This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods.

Because a green future is a prosperous future.

Google Doodle Earth Day 2022

Google Doodle Earth Day 2022

Google Doodle:

Today’s annual Earth Day Doodle addresses one of the most pressing topics of our time: climate change. 

Using real time-lapse imagery from Google Earth Timelapse and other sources, the Doodle shows the impact of climate change across four different locales around our planet. 

Acting now and together to live more sustainably is necessary to avoid the worst effects of climate change. 

Ask your students to stay tuned throughout the day to view these scenes, each remaining on the homepage for several hours at a time.

For Earth Day 2022, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably)It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet.

And while there is still time to solve the climate crisis, time to choose BOTH a prosperous and sustainable future, and time to restore nature and build a healthy planet for our children and their children, time is short.

  • Did you know?

The planet is losing 4.7 million hectares of forests every year – an area larger than Denmark.

A healthy ecosystem helps to protect us from these diseases. Biological diversity makes it difficult for pathogens to spread rapidly.

It is estimated that around one million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction.


This Earth Day, take the opportunity to educate those around you about the importance of taking care of our planet — even in little ways like recycling, buying reusable items and using less energy.

When Greta Thunberg sat outside the Swedish Parliament for three weeks in 2018, she could hardly have predicted the scale of the global movement she would spark. 

But, with young people standing to lose most from climate change, it is no longer surprising that they are on the front line of efforts to prevent environmental catastrophe.

Gen Z is providing inspiration, with 45% having stopped purchasing certain brands because of ethical or sustainability concerns. We have the power to lobby for and support businesses that take active steps to protect our environment through their practices and climate-friendly investments, and fight against those that don’t.

  • Resources:

Challenge kids to a nature scavenger nature

The best way to build appreciation for nature is getting out there and experiencing it. All you need for an outdoor scavenger hunt is paper, pencil and a clipboard, easy peasy. Leave room for kids to sketch their findings if they’d like. 

Here are dozen ideas for your students scavenger hunt

  • Games:

Take this 5 question quiz to find the #OneGreenThing you can do for Earth Week.

Hero Wars

Look for others here

On this blog you have many others resources to adapt to the levels and students you are teaching. Look for Earth Day every year on 22 April.

"We wanted to hear how students are adapting their lifestyles, working in their communities, creating new organisations, or mobilising others. 

We also asked teachers and schools to tell us how they are changing teaching, to educate young people on the latest science and support them to make a difference."

Earth Day Network

For Earth Day 2022, together, for everyone, everything, every day…




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