We are all connected!

Excellent video from Greenpeace USA.

Indeed, we are all connected.

The civil rights movement, LGBTQ movement, labor movement, environmental movement, and other social progress movements all share common goals.

It’s time that we understand that our diversity makes us strong, and that we join together and rise up against the corporate entities that are taking away our basic rights.

How education on the 21st century looks like?!

If you know me, you probably know I go on and on about the role young people play (or should play) in deciding their own lives. While many agree we need to empower our youth, very little are ready to create the space and the opportunity for young people to take ownership over different aspects of their own lives.

In many previous posts, I’ve talked about youth-led development.. which is the idea of young people becoming equal partners in development processes that will shape their communities and consequently their lives…

But today I want to bring a question about youth-led education… Have you thought about what could happen if students would design their own schools!?

Sounds weird!? Maybe you should have a look at this!

“Education is not the filling of a pail, it’s the lightening of a fire!”

If you want to learn more about the project, and engage with other people trying to re-think education, make sure you connect at https://www.facebook.com/groups/independentproject/

The Future Belong to the Curious!

Sharing a bit of inspiration for your Wednesday!

this video was made to promote a great new platform called Skills Share http://www.skillshare.com/ where you can learn anything from anyone…

But I also want to take the time to share this great link I came across called No Excuse List! http://www.noexcuselist.com/ which is basically a directory of best places on the web to learn anything for free!

After that, all I can wish you is that you let your curiosity flow.. and go for it.. universe is out there, waiting to be discovered!

Adolescence is not a problem, its an opportunity!

I hope educators and decision-makers out there get a chance to see this (and learn!)

“Born to Learn” is the first animation in a fascinating series aimed to provide easy-access to the exciting new discoveries constantly being made about how humans learn!

For more information: www.born-to-learn.org

I have sex! And I have the right to be safe!

I have sex! is a campaign started in the USA to protest the huge budgetary cuts which obviously will affect the work Planned Parenthood is doing there.

Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood is not alone.. it seems that more and more governments are choosing to close their eyes for the fact that young people in their countries are having sex, and they have the right to have appropriate information, and access to services in order to do it safely.

Beliefs apart, governments can no longer ignore the evidences!

16 million girls aged 15 to 19 give birth every year!  They are not necessarily prepared to raise a child, but the challenges of teenage pregnancy get even more problematic in developing countries, complications during pregnancy or childbirth are the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19 in the global south.

Young people aged between 15 to 24 years old also account for 40% of all new HIV infections among adults worldwide in 2008.  Which means that globally, we have currently more than 5.7 million young people living with HIV/AIDS. And exactly because of lack of access to protetion and education, every day, 2500 more young people get infected with the disease.

In order to tackle this emergent issue, and fully recognize young people’s sexual and reproductive rights we must achieve universal access to safe and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health care services, which includes access to evidence-based comprehensive sexuality education, in formal and non-formal settings.

According to a United Nations study, sexuality education is far more cost-effective when it’s mandatory and integrated in the formal educational systems.

The UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the this six-country study at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The study shows that the cost per learner in well established programmes in countries like Nigeria and the Netherlands are significantly cheaper if compared to small pilot programmes in Kenya and Indonesia.

Mark Richmond, UNESCO’s Global Coordinator for HIV and AIDS celebrates that now we have the  data and analysis to make a stronger and better informed case for investing in school-based sexuality education programmes!!! He added that this landmark study gives an economic basis to our belief in sexuality education as a key platform for HIV prevention amongst children and young people in the years to come. And this will be a very powerful tool in our advocacy efforts!

But we still have a looooooonnnng way to go!

More and more we are getting creative in strategies to raise awareness among young people, education can be interactive and fun…

And every place has it’s on style:

no judging!

But there are plenty of good examples online, like this Portuguese TV add, for the HIV Prevention Campaign led by the Health Comissionary in Portugal.

The text of 5 reasons to not wear a condom add in English below:

“a condom – spoils the moment
a condom – takes away the pleasure
a condom – is unconfortable
a condom – is hard to put on
a condom – reduces sensibility

Think twice – Go for adventure – Use a condom”

We just need to facilitate so these kind of information can reach the people who need it!

It’s time for people to loose the fear of talking and about sex and sexuality, specially in formal institutions…

In the very end, things are happening, times have changed, and we need to change and adapt to it!

My friends have sex! I have sex! And we all plan on having much more!

It’s our right to have our sexual and reproductive health respected!

Check out http://www.youact.org/news-article.php?show=m&id=32 for the Joint Youth Statement on the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People, created for the UN International Year of Youth, by YouAct, Y-PEER and other partners.


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