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       March 8 - International Women's Day  

For International Women's Day 2021 and beyond will you #ChooseToChallenge​?


We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge. Even though International Women's Day is a well-known moment in most countries, it's often helpful to still set some context.


International Women's Day, March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women's equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.




The path to women's equality has been long and challenging, and each stage provided an important focus in forging the gender agenda further along.



  • Activism: In the late 1800's and early 1900's, women activists fought hard for equality. The focus was largely on securing the right to vote and equal pay for equal work. These two issues - women's voice and participation in government, and the gender pay gap - largely remain key priorities over a century later. 



  • Feminism: Fast-forward to the 1970's and widespread feminist action saw women rallying, protesting and lobbying hard for inclusion, influence and equality.International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975. 




María de los Ángeles Coello Fernández - 1º GIAT





  • Fix the women: The 1980's saw an array of "Fix the Women" programs that were well-meaning in trying to help women become more confident, visible, well-networked and assertive - but many reinforced a notion that women needed to "act like men" and "fit" into existing patriarchal structures and organizations if they were to succeed (all while still being a superwoman in the home). Shoulder pads, power suits, high heels and a loud voice were in fashion.








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Celebrate tech women and innovation


Technology is way too important for women to be excluded from its development and use.                          





  • Change the organization - The 1990's and  the Noughties focused on organizational development: "Maybe if we change or fix the organizational structures, women will thrive?" So,  the number of women's conferences and networks increased significantly. The volume of gender-related research also increased - new insight, new terms and understandings, new phrases, measurement of the extent of problems or success; hard facts and numbers.




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Applaud equality for women in sport  


Sport primes women and girls to lead, not solely on the track or field, but in every aspect of life.



  • Men as allies: In more recent years, men as advocates and champions of change has been recognized as a major trend in accelerating women's equality.



  • Now the world expects inclusivity: And so here we are. Movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and the significant global rise in International Women's Day activity in every corner of the world - along with the many female-focused days and initiatives around the world - mean gender is firmly on the agenda.


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Educate women on health choice decisions       


A woman's health is her capital and her body hears everything her mind says. 






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Build inclusive workplaces so women thrive 


Any workplace that fails to harness the energy of its women is at a huge disadvantage in the modern world. 


 Increase visibility of women creatives


Unless we are creators and dreamers, we are not fully alive. 


Forge women's empowerment worldwide 


There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.


We are moving to a very exciting time in history where the world now "expects" equity, diversity and inclusion. The world notices its absence and celebrates its presence. Step back over the years - the world was invited to show their support for women's equality:



In 2016,  #PledgeforParity and develop an inclusive mindset. 

In 2017,  #BeBoldforChange. 

2018 saw a massive #PressforProgress. 

In 2019, we worked towards a #BalanceforBetter. 

2020, amidst the pandemic, we all strived to be #EachforEqual. 

And now, it's up to all of us to #ChooseToChallenge.



  Encontro 2021 do Programa de Auxiliares de Conversa en Galicia

On February 26th, La Xunta held a virtual meeting for all Auxiliares de Conversación located throughout Galicia. Although many believe that these people only aid in the teaching of the English language, Auxiliares of French, German, Chinese, amongst other languages, are contracted throughout the autonomous region to assist in multilingual learning in primary, intermediate, and secondary schools. Virtually connected with well over 200 people, teachers, professors, and teaching assistants alike of varying ages tuned into the capital (and the lucky few, in person) to meet one another and to hear what the Xunta had to say. Due to the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic, the meeting would have originally been held with everyone in person.



Educational authorities from the Galician capital of Santiago de Compostela shared with Auxiliares their thoughts and sentiments around the Auxiliar program, all speaking highly of the crucial roles of those working as a primary source of language education in the classroom. Furthermore, numerous voices expressed their gratitude to have us in Galicia despite finding ourselves amongst numerous challenges that this year has brought each and everyone of us. Despite the pandemic, we were still able to come together and achieve the collective academic goals of the region. In other words, not even an ongoing global event could impede the access of education, something to which we are extremely fortunate to have access.



The meeting wrapped up with individual Auxiliares sharing their own personal stories. Coming from various ages and backgrounds, each shared his or her personal experience within the program and what makes multilingual education so special and rewarding. In addition, each shared how the program has personally shaped him or herself, and how he or she has grown as a person because of the fascinating position that he or she has connecting two varying linguistic worlds.



As I continue my journey here in Spain, I find myself continuously reflecting on my personal and academic endeavours. I, too, will have my own story; that is, however, still in creation!



Jared Anthony Kelly

2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar

CIFP A Farixa, Ourense, Galicia



       Events Management

Tourism students have attended a lecture delivered by Emma González Dieguez, Deputy Director and International Project Coordinator for Expourense, an exhibition centre which organizes different kinds of fairs, including two international ones: Xantar, the International Fair of Gastronomic Tourism, and Termatalia, the International Symposium on Thermalism and Quality of Life.



It was inspiring to find out about the various challenges she has faced throughout the years and the many different positions she had, which included starting from entry-level jobs, until she got the successful position she is holding right now. That’s why she emphasized the importance of being proactive, and encouraged us to make the most of our internship period, as well as to participate in volunteering.



In her lecture, “Events Management'', she has told us about the great importance of these professional events, which present a unique opportunity for a city, region or nation. Not only do they raise a destination’s profile but also are a vehicle for growth that play a significant role in bringing additional revenue.




As Emma told us, professional events are more than just a communication tool; they also help in many other aspects...

  • Marketing intelligence
  • Innovation
  • Building relationships
  • Recruiting and integrating new talent
  • Training, managing and motivating staff
  • Communicating
  • Selling your product in fairs and creating leads in informative conferences
  • Creating loyalty
  • Contributing to a better society by raising awareness on environmental issues

From an entrepreneurial point of view, she mentioned several business opportunities:


- Professional Congress Organizers (PCO): Companies which are specialized in the organization and management of congresses. They can work as consultants for academic and professional associations and usually provide full service management for conferences .


- Destination Management Company (DMC):  A company that provides services, resources and expertise specializing in local knowledge for events, activities and corporate tours for other companies. They are hired by businesses and other establishments to plan and implement out-of-town event programs and services. The value of a DMC primarily rests in its extensive knowledge of the local area as well as its professional relationships and local resources.


- Development of MICE products, that is, meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.


In addition, she analyzed the different stages in order to organize an event, starting right from scratch with the creation of a database and the establishment of the marketing strategy, to end up with the analysis of satisfaction and the socio-economic impact, as well as the informational reports.



In-between, of course, there is an ongoing process that takes a long time and goes through actions related to communication, promotion, marketing and the design of the physical structure of the event.



We also need important documents, such as a tracking plan of the event and its meetings, as well as the protocol and etiquette document. Are we done? Not yet; we still have to decide whether to send a press release, or to call a press conference… And eventually, the big day; the grand opening ceremony! 



All in all, how can you organize a successful event? If you want to pleasantly surprise your guests, think about everything down to the smallest detail. Try to surprise people and create the wow effect by exceeding their expectations in the most ordinary things. At the end of the day, what people remember is the atmosphere and how they were treated, and Expourense is known for treating their attendees exquisitely.



As Emma said, the key is in “creating experiences”, and always doing your best to offer encounters that can outlast just individual events.



  Happy International Tourist Guide Day!   February 21st - International Tourist Guide Day

International Tourist Guide Day is a professional holiday celebrated each year on February 21. This observance was established by the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) and has been held since 1990.



The WFTGA was founded in February 1985 at the first International Convention of Tourist Guides. Nowadays, the association represents more than two thousand individual tourist guides from over 70 countries. It is a global forum for tourist guides from all over the world that unites individual tourist guides, tourist guide associations, educational institutions, and tourism partners.


The International Tourist Guide Day is aimed at raising public awareness about the fact that qualified tourist guides are committed to quality and standards and add value to the visitor experience. Using key techniques that combine knowledge and practical skills, they help bring alive each location and are often described as cultural 'ambassadors' of the regions they represent. Besides, a Code of Conduct and a Quality Charter reinforces their professional approach.



In 1990, fifteen countries participated in International Tourist Guide Day. Since then, the number of participants has been constantly growing. Members of the WFTGA are encouraged to hold events to draw the attention of fellow citizens, the media and local authorities to the importance of the work of tourist guides and tourism in general.

        What better way to acknowledge the Tourist Guiding profession and the individuals who play a large role in preserving cultural and natural heritage all around the world.



So, at CIFP A Farixa, some of us, first-year students of Tourist Guide, Information and Assistance studies, as well as Jared, our Teaching Language Assistant, have decided to celebrate the day becoming “tour guides” for a while.





Why don’t you join us on our tours? Let’s get started!





Thanks to Jared, Ángeles, Noelia, Carla and Edgar for their tours!                                                                                   


  February 21st - International Tourist Guide Day  

“The Ribeira Sacra Case Study: Experience of a Travel Agency and an Official Tourist Guide”



Since Sunday 21st is International Tourist Guide Day, in order to celebrate it, today, Friday 19th, Tourism students have attended a lecture delivered in English by Diego Carreira, from Verdant Experiences.



In his lecture, “The Ribeira Sacra Case Study: Experience of a Travel Agency and an Official Tourist Guide”, he has told us about his twofold experience, as a travel agent and as a tourist guide.



From an entrepreneurial point of view, Diego’s first-hand account of how he and his co-founder started their business and how the pandemic is affecting them has been really interesting. We have also learnt about the importance of differentiating yourself from your competitors, as well as how vital it is to expand your knowledge, which includes, of course, improving your English skills, and to become an expert on the destinations you are going to be offering your customers. 



As far as the destination is concerned, he has given us an overview of what the Ribeira Sacra is by telling us about its latest 25-year history, which changes from abandonment to, hopefully very soon, becoming a World Heritage Site.



It has been an uphill struggle which started in the 1990s, when Torre Vilarino, the first Country House B&B in Galicia, opened, and when the first river routes started operating their boat trips. In spite of those two important events, in 1995, Ribeira Sacra was still a demographically depressed rural territory, where vineyards had been abandoned.


2005 was a landmark that signaled two crucial events, the creation of the CTRS Ribeira Sacra Tourism Consortium and that of the Tourism Dynamization plan (PDT).



This long way involved the effort of many people from both, the public and private sectors, working together to turn these demographically depressed areas into Spain’s largest Cultural Interest Asset in 2018, and Official Spanish World Heritage Candidate for 2021.



All those people, from public organizations to wineries and artisans, are, as Verdant Experiences say in its webpage, “Ready to show the rest of the world all the wonders and hidden gems that this beautiful region has to offer you, if you look close enough”.





  Effective Communication Workshop
  Are we aware of the main benefit good communication can give us in our life? – Better and more honest relationships; improved relationships in every aspect of our lives. Do you know that just by changing the way we communicate with each other, we can fix 90% of a difficult relationship? Since effective communication is so vital, that is why we embarked in this workshop.


In order to get to know one another, apart from trying to guess some details about Ana Losada, the guest teacher, we introduced ourselves with a short talk on what we like best about our studies, as well as on our strengths and weaknesses in English. We then discussed some quotes about effective communication that Ana had previously shared with us and hence, we started our journey to discover why being a good communicator is so important.



After Ana had explained the skills required to communicate effectively, we reflected on which of them we are best at, on the ones we need to improve and on what we can do in order to do so.




We carried out some other activities related to the topic of the workshop. For example, we watched videos about the different communication styles (Assertive, Passive and Aggressive), about communication problems, such as the consequences of bad pronunciation, and about tips on how to become a good speaker. We also read and talked about the reasons why communication is so important.



Since we are Tourism students, we could not forget the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector; thus, we discussed why tourism matters. We also found out about The European Tourism Manifesto, which is an alliance of more than 60 European public and private organizations covering the whole tourism value chain. Together they called on the European Union for action on key policy priorities for the sector. After we had watched and commented their video about why tourism in Europe is so relevant, we discussed if it is communicatively effective.



Moreover, we watched a news report to find out what the EU is doing to help; the measures or initiatives taken so far to revitalize the tourism sector. Those include, of course, safety measures, cancellation policies, travel insurance government funds, and last but not least, digitalization, which is the first step to building virtual tourism, one of the types of travel that is booming after the COVID crisis.



We listened to Anne Prost, an entrepreneur tour guide focused on corporate travels, talking about some of the difficult decisions she had to make to survive after the coronavirus outbreak and what she did to adapt her business model in the present pandemic world. 



Emmanuel Mounier, EU Travel Tech, Secretary General, talks about what European countries should do to save tourism; he also mentions his predictions about the future of the travel and tourism industry, which include the need of the sector to make travel not only simpler and cheaper, but also safer and cleaner.  


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Now that the workshop is over, we are more aware than ever, of how amazing the communication ability is. We can communicate through words, hands, drawings, even eyes. And yet, we so often tend to repeat the same behavior, even when we sometimes know it is not getting us anywhere; it is easier to fall into our usual pattern of communication rather than to try and change it.


Shouldn’t we dare change that script? Sure, especially when we know that it will make our lives not only easier, but more fulfilled as well. We need to remember that communicating effectively involves knowing how to listen attentively, that it is the ability to offer empathy, open-mindedness, and helpful feedback based on what we hear. Of course, a friendly demeanor, confidence, and quality nonverbal communication will also help.


So, let’s think about which part of our communication is falling short. Let’s take the other person’s point of view into consideration and try to alter our communication style; and let’s start today!



       FITUR 2021

FITUR, January 2020







Do you remember, guys? This weekend last year, we were at FITUR!!!



ONE of the planet's largest tourism industry trade fairs has already set its dates for 2021, but not in the usual month – instead of being held around the third week in January, FITUR will take place in May.




This year edition of the International Tourism Fair, FITUR 2021, will be held from the 19 to 23 May, as agreed by IFEMA and the FITUR Organising Committee. This comes after a meditated decision that, exceptionally, makes this event essential to the recovery of the tourism industry, at a time that will still preserve its high international impact and thus, promote the professional reunion of companies, countries and destinations and provide a much-needed boost to the worldwide tourism activity.




The event, spanning five days, welcomes both trade visitors from the tourism industry interested in the latest industry trends, and the general public who come for first-hand information about the destinations on show. For the first three days the trade fair is open exclusively to trade visitors, and at the weekend also to the general public.




We would like to attend this year too, wouldn’t we? Fingers crossed!!!



Due to unforseen circumstances, the Effective Communication Workshop has to be put off



January, Thursday 28 - 10:00 to 12:30 


         February, Friday 5 - 10:00 to 12:00.


  Effective Communication Workshop   Registration will open on Thursday 17, at 17:00! 

Join this workshop to improve your communication skills in English and you will:

  • Reflect on what effective communication means
  • Discover what skills you need to develop to communicate effectively
  • Discuss what you can do to improve your communication skills
  • Assess our own speaking and writing productions

The guest teacher, Ana Losada, who teaches English at the EOI in Santiago de Compostela, will give you a hands-on approach to communication that will make your skills stand out. 


Before the first session on Thursday 14, you will need to watch a video and try to answer some questions related to the five quotes that Ana will share with you in it. During the two face-to-face sessions, you will have the opportunity to participate in discussions and work in groups, as well as practice your listening, speaking and writing skills; you’ll even record a video! 



Activity available for only 15 Tourism students





Dates: January, Thursday 14 - 10:00 to 12:30 

         January, Friday 22 - 10:00 to 12:00.  



  10 December - Human Rights Day    2020 Theme: Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights

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Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.


This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts.



Human Rights must be at the centre of the post COVID-19 world



The COVID-19 crisis has been fuelled by deepening poverty, rising inequalities, structural and entrenched discrimination and other gaps in human rights protection. Only measures to close these gaps and advance human rights can ensure we fully recover and build back a world that is better, more resilient, just, and sustainable.





“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” – John F. Kennedy


“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”Elie Wiesel


“There can be no peace without development, no development without peace, and no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect for human rights and the rule of law.” – Former UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson


“A right delayed is a right denied.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


10 December is an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building the world we want, the need for global solidarity as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity.





  November 25 - December 10     

In 1981, Latin American activists began marking November 25 as a day to combat and raise awareness of violence against women.  In 1999, the United Nations officially recognized the day as International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. It is part of a sixteen-day campaign that ends on Human Rights Day on December 10th.



The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December 2020) under the global theme, Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!"



This year is like no other. Even before COVID-19 hit, violence against women and girls had reached pandemic proportions. Globally, 243 million women and girls were abused by an intimate partner in the past year. Meanwhile, less than 40 per cent of women who experience violence report it or seek help.



As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, violence against women, especially domestic violence, intensified – in some countries, calls to helplines have increased five-fold. In others, formal reports of domestic violence have decreased as survivors find it harder to seek help and access support through the regular channels. School closures and economic strains left women and girls poorer, out of school and out of jobs, and more vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, forced marriage, and harassment.



In April 2020, as the pandemic spread across the world, the UN Secretary-General called for “peace at home”, and 146 Member States responded with their strong statement of commitment. In recent months 135 countries have strengthened actions and resources to address violence against women as part of the response to COVID-19. Yet, much more is needed. 



Today, although the voices of activists and survivors have reached a crescendo that cannot be silenced or ignored, ending violence against women will require more investment, leadership and action. It cannot be sidelined.



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   Stop Violence Against Women!   NOV 25 - International Day for  the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most prevalent human rights violations, taking place every day, many times over, in every corner of the globe. It has serious short- and long-term physical, economic and psychological consequences on women and girls, preventing their full and equal participation in society. The magnitude of its impact, both in the lives of individuals and families and society as a whole, is immeasurable. Conditions created by the pandemic – including lockdowns, reduced mobility, heightened isolation, stress and economic uncertainty – have led to an alarming spike in domestic violence and have further exposed women and girls to other forms of violence, from child marriage to sexual harassment online.


The International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women has its start in the heroic but tragic tale of Minerva, María Teresa, and Patria Mirabal.  Three sisters who, along with their husbands, openly opposed the brutal dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic.  Within the group, the sisters called themselves “Las Mariposas” (“The Butterflies”), after Minerva’s underground name. 


Video about The Mirabal Sisters and their opposition to Rafael Trujillo:   The Butterfly Effect: The Mirabal Sisters Taking a Stand





The Butterflies were a thorn for Trujillo both politically and personally.  Trujillo once detained Minerva and her mother offering to free them if Minerva would sleep with him; they escaped instead.  When Minerva graduated summa cum laude from law school, she was denied a license to practice law.


On November 25, 1960, Trujillo’s secret police stopped the three sisters on their way home from visiting their jailed husbands.  The sisters were strangled and beaten to death, then put them back into their jeep which was pushed over a cliff, to make it look like an accident. The murder of the three sisters is believed to have played a role in Trujillo’s assassination six months later.  After his death, Trujillo’s role in the sisters’ murder was revealed and the three women today are revered as national heroes.


The Mirabal sisters were depicted in Julia Alvarez’s novel, “In the Time of the Butterflies”, which was made into a feature film in 2001 starring Salma Hayek.  Another film, “Tropic of Blood” was released in 2010 featuring Michelle Rodriquez and a documentary “Code Name: Butterflies” was released in 2009.



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Trailer of the film "In The Time Of The Butterflies" - https://youtu.be/-6J5k1mYw50?list=PLf7I57bzkyHWwxQMGqzAWIgnz_X2EA4Vz




Here's the Real Deal With the USA Town That Went Viral for a Trick-or-Treat Age Limit Mix-up



Jimmy Kimmel with Sergeant Buck Thompson (played by comedian Fred Willard)


Chesapeake, Virginia


The ordinance says that “if any person over the age of 14 years shall engage in the activity commonly known as ‘trick or treat’ or any other activity of similar character or nature under any name whatsoever, he or she shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.” It clarifies that this does not apply to parents or guardians of younger kids, but also makes trick-or-treating later than 8 p.m. a misdemeanor, too, bringing to mind the age-old adage that nothing good can happen so late at night.


Mayor Richard West has confirmed that he is “absolutely” against the 1970 ordinance that has somehow remained on the books. “We didn’t even know it existed until it went viral last Halloween,” he says.


While news outlets and talk-show hosts like Jimmy Kimmel have poked fun at Chesapeake for the ordinance in the past, West says he’s hoping to get rid of it. “I would anticipate us removing the ordinance all together,” he says.



The city (and many others throughout Virginia) passed the law in the ’70s after safety concerns threatened Halloween for the community. “There were problems, beginning in the ’70s, when the ordinance was passed, with groups of older teenagers harassing younger kids,” West says. Still, the severity of the crime for hunting candy as a 15-year-old has always seemed particularly strange to West. “I don’t know how it got to the ridiculous part of having it be a misdemeanor.”


So don’t worry, Chesapeake high schoolers — you won’t land in jail for your enormous Kit-Kat collection.






"In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops, that no learner is left behind. Around the world, they have worked individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue. Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the return to school is just as important.”



Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions. 

With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, and the dedicated target (SDG 4.c) recognizing teachers as key to the achievement of the Education 2030 agenda, World Teachers’ Day has become the occasion to mark progress and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession.


In 2020, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.


An unprecedented event, the COVID-19 pandemic challenges already constrained education systems in various new ways resulting in a revision of how teachers teach and more generally work. It is no exaggeration to say that the world is at a crossroads and, now more than ever, we must work to protect the right to education and guide it into the unfolding landscape brought about by the pandemic.


The issue of teacher leadership in relation to crisis responses is not just timely, but critical in terms of the contributions teachers have made to provide remote learning, support vulnerable populations, re-open schools, and ensure that learning gaps have been mitigated. The chosen theme also considers the role of teachers in building resilience and shaping the future of education and the teaching profession.


The COVID-19 crisis created a unique situation for teacher leadership, creativity and innovation to be demonstrated. Around the world, teachers are working individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to ensure that learning could be continued. In most cases without much warning and with little time to prepare, teachers have had to modify or condense the curriculum and adapt lesson plans to carry on with instruction, whether via the internet, mobile phone, television, or radio broadcast.


Now that we are back, we, teachers are trying to adapt to this ever-evolving situation in order to keep you all learning.








World Tourism Day, commemorated each year on 27 September, is the global observance day fostering awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value and the contribution the sector can make in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the first World Tourism Day.


UNWTO has designated 2020 as the "Year of Tourism and Rural Development". This Year is an opportunity to promote the potential of tourism to create jobs and opportunities. It can also advance inclusion and highlight the unique role tourism can play in preserving and promoting natural and cultural heritage and curbing urban migration.


“Tourism and Rural Development” celebrates the sector’s unique ability to drive economic development and provide opportunities outside of big cities, including in those communities that would otherwise be left behind. World Tourism Day 2020 also highlights the important role tourism plays in preserving and promoting culture and heritage all around the world.


Tourism is a lifeline for many rural communities, most notably in the developing world. According to UNWTO scenarios on the impact of COVID-19, international tourist arrivals could fall between 60% and 80% in 2020. This will have a massive impact on livelihoods and businesses.


UNWTO foresees that domestic tourism will return before international tourism. Managed well, this could benefit rural communities, most notably through protecting livelihoods and boosting local economies.


For many rural communities, tourism means opportunity. It provides jobs and economic empowerment, including for women and youth. Tourism gives rural communities the ability to protect and promote their natural surroundings, as well as their culture and heritage. In doing so, it allows tourists to enjoy unique experiences. In 2020, World Tourism Day celebrates the sector's importance for those communities that would otherwise be left behind.


For the first time in the history of World Tourism Day, the 2020 official celebration will be hosted by a group of countries and not a single UNWTO Member State. The cross-border cooperation of the MERCOSUR Member States (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, plus Chile, Member Associate) reflects the current need for international solidarity and cooperation. This is especially true for tourism, working together towards a common goal.



   September 26 - European Day of Languages      
       Why a European Day of Languages?  



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Celebrated on 26 September, the European Day of Languages (EDL) is a means of promoting awareness among the general public of the importance of language learning and protecting the linguistic heritage.



Benefits of language learning:


  • There have never been more opportunities to work or study in a different European country - but lack of language competence prevents many people from taking advantage of them. Globalisation and patterns of business ownership mean that citizens increasingly need foreign language skills to work effectively within their own countries. English alone is no longer enough.


  • Language learning brings benefits to young and old - you are never too old to learn a language and to enjoy the opportunities it opens up. Even if you only know a few words of the language of the country that you visit (for example on holiday), this enables you to make new friends and contacts.


  • Learning other peoples' languages is a way of helping us to understand each other better and overcome our cultural differences.


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2019-2020 wasn't a normal school year, and it wasn't an easy one either, was it? We hope you had a great summer and you enjoyed your holidays because you really deserved them!


Maybe, you didn't attend any music festivals, or you couldn’t see some of your friends and relatives; you surely didn’t travel as much as in previous summers. Nevertheless, perhaps you found a perfect cottage in an isolated spot, or had an awesome meal in an off-the-beaten-path restaurant.  


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Before the pandemic started in mid-March, our days were so full... we were rushing all the time! Since then, Little Things have become Big Things, and now, I’m sure you spend more quality time with your loved ones; you just enjoy more moments of relaxation and a little contemplation. Those simple moments are more important than we think to self care and happiness. 


But now, the weather is turning, the days are getting shorter... it’s time to switch from summer to school, and restart routines.



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