Friday, August 19, 2022

Schools : World Humanitarian Day : #ItTakesAVillage !

World Humanitarian Day

On 19 August 2003, a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 22 humanitarian aid workers, including the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. Five years later, the General Assembly designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day (WHD)

World Humanitarian Day

This year we shine a light on the hundreds of thousands of volunteers, professionals and crisis-affected people who deliver urgent health care, shelter, food, protection, water and much more. Because, as the saying goes: #ItTakesAVillage to support people in crisis.

For this year’s WHD, UN are using digital art to tell the stories of people in need and those who help them. At the centre of the campaign is a series of beautifully illustrated aid worker profiles that show the breadth and depth of humanitarian work and collectively symbolize the wider humanitarian village.


Whenever and wherever people are in crisis, there are others who help them.

From the affected people themselves - always first to respond when disaster strikes – to the global community that supports them as they recover, they come together to ease suffering and bring hope.

Because, as the saying goes: It takes a village to support people in crisis.

World Humanitarian Day 2022


"A lifeline for children in crises."

When crises hit, children lose loved ones, homes, and access to essentials such as water, health care and food. But they also lose safety, routine and access to education. In these situations, teachers are vital.

They help children to learn so they don’t risk losing their future, and they ensure children have safe environments, protecting them from physical dangers including abuse, exploitation and recruitment into armed groups.

Teachers also offer psychosocial support to children – especially girls, children with disabilities, internally displaced children, refugees and migrants – giving them stability and structure to help them cope with the trauma of living through a humanitarian crisis.

Did you know?

In 2021, almost 110 million children in emergency settings accessed formal or non-formal education, including early learning.
In 2021, over 896,900 refugee children and children from host communities were supported with connected or home-based learning in 80 countries,

It's urgent to include Climate Action into school and college curricula to reinforce the alert about all the catastrophes - violent forest fires, or floods -  to earth and to their and our lives.

Explore the different profiles with your students. 

Make question to young, listen their voices and ideas, discuss what it's going on around the world and why so much catastrophes are happening.


The best way to join the campaign is to share (and create your own) #ItTakesAVillage content.


Everything you need – from graphics to templates to suggested messaging – is available here.



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Saturday, August 13, 2022

June in Review & International Youth Day : Creating a World for All Ages !

International Youth Day 2022

"On this important day, let’s join hands across generations to break down barriers, and work as one to achieve a more equitable, just and inclusive world for all people."

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and to celebrate the potential of youth as active partners in the global society. 

International Youth Day 2022

  • Theme 2022:

"Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages."

The objective of International Youth Day 2022 is to amplify the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and leave no one behind. 

It will also raise awareness on certain barriers to intergenerational solidarity, notably ageism, which impacts young and old persons, while having detrimental effects on society as a whole.

Solidarity across generations is key for sustainable development. As we navigate the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important to recognize and address these age-related barriers to "build back better" in a manner that leverages all generations’ strengths and knowledge.

Did you know?

  • Half of the people on our planet are 30 or younger, and this is expected to reach 57% by the end of 2030.
  • Survey shows that 67% of people believe in a better future, with 15 to 17 year-olds being the most optimistic about this.
  • The majority of people agree that the age balance in politics is wrong. More than two thirds (69%) of people across all age groups agree that more opportunities for younger people to have a say in policy development/change would make political systems better.
  • Globally, only 2.6% of parliamentarians are under 30 years old, and less than 1% of these young MPs are women.

International Youth Day 2022 
Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages
via Business Trumpet


Youth all over the world, be part of the celebrations Creating a World for All Generations by organizing your own event or activity! You can organize an event to celebrate International Youth Day in your community, school, youth club, or workplace.

Are your school or youth group celebrating #YouthDay? Planning a special activity?

Think about what you can do in you community and how you can effectively spread the message. Make it fun and relatable and use all your channels to spread the message. Think Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, university newsletters, local newspapers or radio stations.

By the way, I'm here to share with you the Review of June.

And now here the posts of June 2022: 

Some of my usual readers are in Summer holiday. However in some states of the United States, teachers and students are already back to school the 1st August.

Wherever you are back to school or still on holidays like the most of European countries, I hope that you're having a wonderful and safe time. 

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


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Friday, August 12, 2022

Hello Science ! Here come the Perseid meteor shower ! Look up the sky !


The Perseids shower
credits:  Lowell Observator

The Perseid meteor shower (also known as the Perseids) greets stargazers every year from mid-July to late August. This year the shower will peak between Aug 11-12, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS)
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The 2022 Perseids won’t be quite as spectacular as they were in 2021, due to the full moon illuminating the sky. See the Moon posing with various planets throughout the month, plus catch the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak August 12 and 13.

Last year, the moon was just a thin crescent and didn't obscure the view of the meteor shower too badly, but the moon's glow is a continuing concern for skywatchers looking for a clear view. Even though the Perseids are especially bright, moonlight can make viewing a bit tricky. This year, the peak of the Perseids will be affected by the full moon illuminating the sky. 

Most of the Perseids are tiny, about the size of a sand grain. Almost none of the fragments hit the ground, but if one does, it's called a meteorite. This beloved, annual sky spectacle is caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

credits: Future

Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth; its nucleus is about 16 miles (26 kilometers) wide. It last passed near Earth during its orbit around the sun in 1992, and the next time will be in 2126. 

When you sit back to watch a meteor shower, you're actually seeing the pieces of comet debris heat up as they enter the atmosphere and burn up in a bright burst of light, streaking a vivid path across the sky as they travel at 37 miles (59 kilometers) per second, according to NASA.

The Perseids generally appear to radiate from a point high in the north, called the "radiant." But you need only point yourself generally toward the north and look up.

And while we're talking meteors, did you know many of these "shooting stars" come from comets? Most of the annual meteor showers we observe take place as Earth passes through trails of debris left behind by active comets orbiting the Sun, casting off little bits of dusty debris in their long tails. 

Comet Swift-Tuttle
credits: Jim Scotti, University of Arizona

  • Some information:

The Perseid meteors come from a comet called Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the Sun every 133 years. This is also the reason for the formation of the annual Perseid meteor shower on Earth.

Every year from mid-July to late August, observers are able to admire burning cometary debris all over the sky. This year, the peak comes from the evening of August 12 until the morning of the 13th. The moon will enter a phase of the crescent, eliminating additional lighting. The sky will be perfectly dark for viewing the meteor shower.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich in London said: “As the bits of rock and dust in the stream of debris collide with the Earth’s atmosphere, they burn up and create fiery streaks across the sky.”


A veritable ritual for summer stargazers, the Perseids are considered one of nature's best fireworks shows, with dozens of shooting stars an hour falling at peak times. 

  • How to see?

You can see the Perseid meteor shower best in the Northern Hemisphere and down to the mid-southern latitudes, and all you need to catch the show is darkness, somewhere comfortable to sit and a bit of patience.

To find the Perseid meteor shower, it's a good idea to look for the point in the sky where they appear to originate from, this is known as the radiant. According to NASA, the Perseids' radiant is in the Perseus Constellation. Though Perseus isn't the easiest to find, it conveniently follows the brighter and more distinctive constellation Cassiopeia across the night sky. The meteor shower gets its name from the constellation it radiates from, the constellation is not the source of the meteors.

Persed shower
credits: Dneutral Han/ Getty Images

This is probably not the best year to make a special trip in order to see the Perseids, but, if you find yourself outside between midnight and dawn on Aug. 13, don’t forget to look up anyway.  

Why? Because you never know – you might just catch one of the bright Perseid meteors that defies the glare of the Moon. Also, the occasional early Perseid can streak across the sky as much as a week beforehand.

The mornings of August 11 and 13 are worth trying, too. The morning of August 13 will present a thinner and less bright moon than on the previous dates … and also more hours of dark sky for meteor watching. So moonrise is a key factor for watching 2020’s Perseid meteor shower. 

credits: unknown
via Google Images
As the full Moon subsides, the Perseids will begin to wane Aug. 21-22 and cease completely by Sept. 1. They’re the debris remnants of Comet Swift-Tuttle, a lumbering “snowball” composed of ice, rock, and dust, which orbits our Sun every 133 years. The comet itself was last visible to us in 1992 and won’t pass our way again until 2125.
How dark must be? Meteor-hunting toolbox:
To best see the Perseids, go to the darkest possible location and lean back and relax. You don't need any telescopes or binoculars as the secret is to take in as much sky as possible and allow about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

credits: Future
Visit Sunrise Sunset Calendars to find out when the moon rises in your sky, remembering to check the moonrise and moonset box.
Also, keep in mind that the Perseids tend to be bright. So we expect a number of them to overcome the moonlit glare over the next several mornings. Will you see as many as 40 to 50 meteors per hour in the predawn hours? Maybe!

Perseid meteor
credits; Getty Images

  • Video: 

  • Links: 
NASA: Perseids Peak: Watch Best Meteor Shower of the Year!

ESA/ Space for Kids : Here come the Perseids

Perseid meteor shower 2022: When, where and how to see it

Hope you will enjoy, as a sky watcher, admiring the beauty of this annual awesome event.

Happy  viewing!


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