The #VideoGame that can open people´s eyes for #SouthSudan

Nowadays more and more people are into games, specially video games.

But also, a lot of those are filled with violence, shooting, bombs, and people doesn´t really seem to think it´s a problem. But what happens when it becomes reality!?

Or more, what happens when reality takes over the video game?

In an effort to raise awareness of the situation of children in South Sudan, UNICEF embarked on an unusual kind of campaign.

They sent an actor, a film crew and two South Sudanese youth to a major video game convention in Washington, D.C., and we were given a keynote address slot to pitch an exciting new video game to an audience of gaming enthusiasts.

The gamers in the room were real, as were their reactions and the footage that UNICEF captured for this short film.

In 2014, disasters and crises have affected children in many parts of the world. In South Sudan, which only a few years ago celebrated its independence, food crisis and conflict during the past year have had deadly consequences for children.

Raising awareness is just one step toward helping the children of South Sudan, who are living every day in a life-or-death situation, and it is not a game.

Read more about the situation in South Sudan.

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#Youth at the #Habitat3

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Today, Martin Ulvestad Østerdal, from the Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU) delivered a statement on behalf of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth to the plenary meeting of the Habitat III PrepCom1 at the UN Headquarters in NY.

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Martin reminded the delegates attending the PrepCom1 about the importance of engaging and listening to youth, children and future generations since they are the ones who will inherit this new habitat agenda being discussed, and will be directly affected by decisions taken today.

He also reminded us that in order to tackle the challenges we face today, we really will need a tailored and ambition new development agenda. The way we plan our existing cities and address the issue of new cities will determine what SDGs are fulfilled and who is left behind.

The agenda needs to go beyond its focus on just Urban, and focus on an agenda for human settlements everywhere, and it needs to be inclusive of everyone, specially women and young people.

Finally, Martin called attention of all the government delegations attending the PrepCom1 that Youth Participation must not be a one off event. That we can no longer accept hand picked youth participation discussing topics defined by others as youth issues. Youth participation needs to be representative, independent and with emphasis on the whole political process.

The new urban agenda needs to maximise our holistic human development and minimise our ecological footprint. And the only way to achieve that is through dialog, participation and partnerships with the people living in the city/ these places, including youth and children. Nothing about us without us.

Read the full statement delivered today here!

 

Brazil unleashing the super-powers of children to beat cancer and their fear!!!

The video below is pretty self-explanatory, a brilliant idea to use cartoons and superheroes to help children undergo treatment against leukemia in a fun and inspiring way!!!

Good ideas are worth spreading!

 

Never too young to make a difference!

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On May 5, 2012, Vivienne Harr saw a picture of two child slaves with big rocks strapped to their little heads. She decided to “make a stand” against child slavery and sell her “lemon-aid” every day until she freed 500 child slaves. To date, she has raised over $60,000 and freed over 200 child slaves.

Vivienne is 8 years old.

This is her story.

To make a stand with Vivienne, please visit: http://fundly.com/makeastand.

Some barefeet inspiration…

Continuing with my posts about the wonderful treasuries of Africa… I want to share a little inspiration from Zambia today.

In my two years working with UNICEF in that country, I had the incredible pleasure of coming across a series of special people, and learn a bit more about their work and passion, constantly feeling re-charged with inspiration to continue my own work.

Some of those people I’ve been luck to come across and meet were Adam McGuigan, Tobias TemboTaonga Tembo, Ndala Bukola, Felix Chali, Michael and John Chanda and others that are part of an amazing group called Barefeet Theater Company..

Barefeet started as a few workshops with children living on the streets of Zambia but along the years has grown into one of the most exciting and inspiring projects I’ve personally came across!

They use Arts (theater, music, dance, etc) to inspire, empower and transform lives in Zambia, working with street kids from across the country, trying to build their confidence, and enable them to express themselves and to engage in building a better community.

But as an image speaks for thousand words… I would like to invite you to loose your shoes, and enjoy a bit of barefeet inspiration!

I guess there is no doubts that Africa has many treasures to be discovered still, but more than anything, we definitely have lots and lots to learn from incredible people like the Zambian Barefeet team!

If you want to learn more about the project, check http://www.barefeettheatre.org/

Bandung Declaration – Voices of Children and Youth for Rio+20

As people have been requesting.. more information about the process of creating the Bandung Declaration, during the TUNZA Conference of Children and Youth in Bandung, Indonesia.

You can find the english declaration here: http://issuu.com/joaofelipescarpelini/docs/official_bandung_declaration_tunza_2011__1_

E em português, aqui: www.bandung2011.blogspot.com 

For another kind of education…

This story really touched me.

“Relationships are important in education… and really maybe even the key to teaching is the relationships we have with the students… if you are able to touch their minds, fine.. but if you can touch their hearts..than the mind contact last longer and goes deeper I think” by 4th grade teacher John Hunter, while introducing his creation called: The World Peace Game.

John Hunter managed to put all the problems of the world on a 4′x5′ plywood board and challenge his 4th-grade students to solve them.

The World Peace Game is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention.

In essence, as meaning is constructed out of chaos and new creative solutions are proposed, the World Peace Game players will learn to live and work comfortably at the frontiers of the unknown. Beliefs and values will evolve or completely unravel as they begin to experience the positive impact and windows of opportunity that emerge through effective collaboration and refined communication.

At TED2011, he explained how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always surprising — go further than classroom lectures can.

His work is featured on the film: “World Peace and other Fourth-Grade Achievements”, a production of Rosalia Films, www.rosaliafilms.com, directed by Chris Farina a thought provoking documentary filmmaker.

Hopefully more and more schools and teachers will be able to come across experiences like this, and loose the fear to invest more in new kinds of education…

More information about the game and the film at:  http://www.worldpeacegame.org/

Mais sobre essa historia em portugues: http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/saber/905242-professor-americano-ensina-a-paz-por-meio-da-guerra.shtml