lunedì 28 gennaio 2019

UK - WELSH EDUCATION: ‘Ambitious’ new curriculum unveiled

One of the biggest shake-ups of the school curriculum in decades will move a step closer on Monday. A consultation begins as Education Minister Kirsty Williams unveils a white paper setting out her vision for the future of education in Wales. The BBC reports.
The delayed proposals have already been criticised by education bosses as “poorly defined” and “weak”.
But Ms Williams said they are “ambitious and far-reaching”.
Her plan is based on an independent review conducted by Prof Graham Donaldson in 2015 which recommended a new curriculum focusing on literacy, numeracy and digital skills.
The Welsh Government said it is being designed by teachers, will be based on six broad areas of learning and will ditch Welsh as a second language in English-medium schools.
Ms Williams said: “I am absolutely clear that to raise standards and extend opportunities, we need to empower schools and teachers by moving away from a narrow, inflexible and crowded curriculum.”
As part of the plans, English and Welsh will remain statutory, as will religious studies and relationships and sexuality education.
In addition, literacy, numeracy and digital competence will be statutory up to the age of 16.


domenica 27 gennaio 2019


Far-right activity on university campuses is rising and Holocaust denial is becoming more prevalent among the younger generation, experts say. The Independent reports.
As the number of Holocaust survivors continues to decline, and their first-hand testimonies will no longer be heard, the situation is likely to get worse, anti-racist researchers have warned.
Holocaust denial leaflets and posters, as well as antisemitic graffiti including swastikas, have emerged on campuses across the UK in recent years as more far-right activists target students.
The warnings come as data, collected by The Independent, shows that antisemitic incidents were reported at 19 UK universities between 2015 and 2017, with the number nearly tripling in two years.
Joe Mulhall, a researcher at anti-racism organisation Hope Not Hate and a trustee of charity Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “There was a time when Holocaust denial in the UK was an increasingly ageing pursuit. It was elderly men in duffel coats.
“With the internet, we have started to see a younger, newer generation of Holocaust denial emerging, which ties into things like the alt-right, and that is really really concerning.”
After monitoring far-right forums, including neo-Nazi forums, the researchers have seen a growth of younger people denying the Holocaust in a “jokey style” through social media and online forums.
But students are also concerned about antisemitism and far-right extremism on campus – including swastika graffiti and Holocaust denial leaflets – rather than just online.
Last year, a group of men who spread neo-Nazi stickers around Aston University campus and performed a Hitler salute were found guilty of attempting to incite racial hatred.
A Union of Jewish Students spokesperson said they had seen “increasing trivialisation” of the Holocaust, with graffiti on campuses and students using Nazi imagery as jokes at parties.
They added: “It is the job of all of student society to counteract antisemitic language and imagery.”
A Universities UK spokesperson said: “Universities take all forms of hate crime extremely seriously and all students and staff are entitled to a safe and positive experience at university.”

giovedì 24 gennaio 2019


24 janvier
Journée Internationale de l’EDUCATION

Enfin, l’EDUCATION possède sa journée internationale qui sera désormais célébrée le 24 janvier de chaque année.
C’est une grande joie pour les Equipes Enseignantes du Congo, car les Nations Unies, à travers cette décision, reconnaissent enfin officiellement le rôle crucial et traversal de l’éducation pour la paix et la construction d’un monde plus juste et solidaire.
« L’éducation est bien plus que l’instruction » déclare Monseigneur Auza ; elle vise «  non seulement à aider les gens à devenir plus intelligents »mais surtout « à devenir des personnes plus sages et véritablement bonnes. Il ne s’agit pas seulement de donner des informations, mais une formation. Le but n’est pas simplement de développer le cerveau, mais surtout le caractère ».
J’ai la joie de vous partager le discours de Monseigneur Bernadito Auza, observateur permanent du Saint Siège auprès des Nations Unies à l’occasion de la célébration inaugurale de la Journée internationale de l’Education, à New York, le 24 janvier 2019.
Et que Vive l’EDUCATION : « l’arme de paix massive des sociétés durables ».
Union de prières

Secrétaire National des EECO

domenica 20 gennaio 2019


du vendredi 28 au dimanche 30/12/18

A l’initiative de la coordination nationale des Equipes Enseignantes du Congo, une session de formation à la non-violence active et de structuration de l’Equipe Diocésaine d’Impfondo s’est tenue à Imfondo, République du Congo, du vendredi 28 décembre  au dimanche 30 décembre 2018, à l’intention des enseignants du département de la Likouala. 
L’Union Panafricaine de Bâtisseurs de Paix nous a appuyés afin que le séjour puisse se passer dans les bonnes conditions.

venerdì 18 gennaio 2019


The Holy See Press Office issues further details of the February meeting and the Director ad interim communicates its aims and expectations.
By Vatican News

The Director ad interim of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, on Wednesday provided journalists with further information regarding "The protection of minors in the Church" Meeting, to be held in the Vatican from 21 to 24 February 2019.
The Organizing Committee of the Meeting gathered in Rome on Thursday 10 January, he said. Afterwards, the Holy Father received in audience the members of the Committee, who updated him on preparations for the Meeting.
Preparations and details
The February Meeting will see Presidents of Bishops’ Conference from all over the world coming together to discuss, as the title indicates, “the protection of minors in the Church”. According to the Vatican Press Office communiqué, the Meeting will include plenary sessions, working groups, moments of common prayer, listening to testimonies, a penitential liturgy, and a final Eucharistic celebration.
Pope Francis has assured he will be present for the entire duration of the Meeting, and has entrusted Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ, with the task of moderating the Plenary sessions.
Aims and expectations
Following the publication of the communiqué, the Director ad interim of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, issued the following communication: 
“The February Meeting on the protection of minors has a concrete purpose: the goal is that all of the Bishops clearly understand what they need to do to prevent and combat the worldwide problem of the sexual abuse of minors. Pope Francis knows that a global problem can only be resolved with a global response. The Pope wants it to be an assembly of Pastors, not an academic conference – a meeting characterized by prayer and discernment, a catechetical and working gathering.
It is fundamental for the Holy Father that when the Bishops who will come to Rome have returned to their countries and their dioceses that they understand the laws to be applied and that they take the necessary steps to prevent abuse, to care for the victims, and to make sure that no case is covered up or buried.
Regarding the high expectations that have been created around the Meeting, it is important to emphasize that the Church is not at the beginning of the fight against abuse. The Meeting is a stage along the painful journey that the Church has unceasingly and decisively undertaken for over fifteen years."


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Pope Francis: "When society is no longer based on the principle of solidarity and the common good, we witness the scandal of people living in utter destitution amid skyscrapers, grand hotels and luxurious shopping centres, symbols of incredible wealth. We have forgotten the wisdom of the Mosaic law: if wealth is not shared, society is divided...." 

Today marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, in which all of us are asked to implore from God this great gift. Christian unity is a fruit of God’s grace, and we must dispose ourselves to accept it with generous and open hearts. This evening I am particularly pleased to pray together with representatives of other Churches present in Rome, and I offer them a fraternal and heartfelt greeting. I also greet the ecumenical delegation from Finland, the students of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, who are visiting Rome to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic Church. My greeting also goes to the young Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox students sponsored by the Committee for Cultural Collaboration with Orthodox Churches of the Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
The Book of Deuteronomy sees the people of Israel encamped in the plains of Moab, about to enter the land that God promised them. Here Moses, as a kind father and the leader appointed by the Lord, repeats the Law to the people, and instructs and reminds them that they must live with fidelity and justice once they have been established in the Promised Land.
The passage we have just heard shows how to celebrate the three main feasts of the year: Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Weeks), Sukkot (Tabernacles). Each of these feasts requires Israel to give thanks for the good things received from God. The celebration of a feast calls for everyone’s participation. No one is to be excluded: “And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and your daughter, your manservant and your maidservant, the Levite who is within your towns, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are among you, at the place which the Lord your God will choose, to make his name dwell there” (Deut 16:11).
Each of these feasts requires a pilgrimage to the “place that the Lord will choose, to make his name dwell there” (v. 2). There the faithful Israelite must come before God. Though the Israelites had been slaves in Egypt, lacking personal possessions, they are not to “appear before the Lord empty-handed” (v. 16); the gift of each is to correspond to the blessing received from the Lord. In this way, all will receive their share of the country’s wealth and will benefit from God’s goodness.
It should not surprise us that the biblical text passes from the celebration of the three principal feasts to the appointment of judges. The feasts themselves exhort the people to justice, stating that all are fundamentally equal and all equally dependent on God’s mercy. They also invite all to share with others the gifts they have received. Rendering honour and glory to the Lord in these yearly feasts goes hand in hand with rendering honour and justice to one’s neighbour, especially the weak and those in need.
The Christians of Indonesia, reflecting on the theme chosen for this Week of Prayer, decided to draw inspiration from these words of Deuteronomy: “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue” (16:20). They are deeply concerned that the economic growth of their country, driven by the mentality of competition, is leaving many in poverty and allowing a small few to become immensely wealthy. This jeopardizes the harmony of a society in which people of different ethnic groups, languages and religions live together and share a sense of responsibility for one another.
But that is not simply the case in Indonesia; it is a situation we see worldwide. When society is no longer based on the principle of solidarity and the common good, we witness the scandal of people living in utter destitution amid skyscrapers, grand hotels and luxurious shopping centres, symbols of incredible wealth. We have forgotten the wisdom of the Mosaic law: if wealth is not shared, society is divided.
Saint Paul, writing to the Romans, applies the same thinking to the Christian community: those who are strong must bear with the weak. It is not Christian “to please ourselves” (15:1). Following Christ’s example, we are to make every effort to build up those who are weak. Solidarity and shared responsibility must be the laws that govern the Christian family.
As God’s holy people, we too constantly find ourselves on the threshold of entering the Lord’s promised kingdom. Yet, since we are also divided, we need to recall God’s summons to justice. Christians too risk adopting the mentality known to the ancient Israelites and contemporary Indonesians, namely that in the pursuit of wealth, we forget about the weak and those in need. It is easy to forget the fundamental equality existing among us: that once we were all slaves to sin, that the Lord saved us in baptism and called us his children. It is easy to think that the spiritual grace granted us is our property, something to which we are due, our property. The gifts we have received from God can also blind us to the gifts given to other Christians. It is a grave sin to belittle or despise the gifts that the Lord has given our brothers and sisters, and to think that God somehow holds them in less esteem. When we entertain such thoughts, we allow the very grace we have received to become a source of pride, injustice and division. And how can we then enter the promised kingdom?
The worship befitting that kingdom, the worship demanded by justice, is a celebration that includes everyone, a feast in which gifts received are available to and shared by all. To take the first steps towards the promised land that is our unity, we must first of all recognize with humility that the blessings we have received are not ours by right, but have come to us as a gift; they were given to be shared with others. Then, we must acknowledge the value of the grace granted to other Christian communities. As a result, we will want to partake of the gifts of others. A Christian people renewed and enriched by this exchange of gifts will be a people capable of journeying firmly and confidently on the path that leads to unity.


Débat à l’UNESCO sur l'éthique des technologies et de l'intelligence artificielle


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Les progrès rapides de l'intelligence artificielle (IA) et des technologies de pointe comme la robotique, l'informatique en nuage [cloud computing] ou l'internet des objets transforment les disciplines, l’économie et les industries, et remettent en question les idées traditionnelles sur la notion d’être humain. Dans ce contexte, l'UNESCO organise un débat sur l'éthique des nouvelles technologies et de l'intelligence artificielle intitulé « L’avenir high tech pour l’homme : espoir ou crainte ? », le 22 janvier (siège de l'UNESCO, 17h-18h30, salle II).
L'UNESCO considère qu'une réflexion globale sur ces questions est indispensable pour que les nouvelles technologies, notamment celles fondées sur l'IA, servent le bien commun, contribuent au développement durable et respectent les droits humains. Les nouvelles technologies, notamment les applications de l'IA, doivent être réglementées dans le respect des normes internationales.
Andrés Roemer, écrivain mexicain et créateur de La Ciudad de las Ideas, Ambassadeur de bonne volonté de l'UNESCO pour le changement sociétal et la libre circulation du savoir, animera le débat. Des experts présenteront leurs points de vue sur les implications des progrès technologiques pour l'humanité. Des questions controversées soulevées par les découvertes dans les sciences de la vie et l'intelligence artificielle seront également débattues. Les experts aborderont aussi l'impact que ces innovations peuvent avoir sur notre avenir et ce qui doit être fait pour protéger les droits de la personne et la dignité humaine.
Parmi les intervenants figurent notamment :
  • Bunmi Banjo, ancienne directrice du développement des marques et des écosystèmes pour Google Africa et actuelle PDG de Kuvora Inc ;
  • Moran Cerf, professeur de neurosciences et de gestion à la Kellogg School of Management et au Neuroscience Programme de la Northwestern University (Chicago, États-Unis) ;
  • Priscila Chaves Martinez, co-fondatrice et directrice exécutif de 10X, Innovation pour impact, stratège ben matière d’expérience client pour Cognitiva, la plus grande entreprise latino-américaine d'IA ;
  • Constanza Gómez-Mont, fondatrice et PDG de C Minds, un « think and do tank » pour l’innovation au service des villes émergentes ;
  • Luisa Munaretto, fondatrice de la société Tech-IA Impact Invest, investisseur dans des start-ups et membre du conseil d’administration de plusieurs sociétés,
  • Floyd Romesberg, spécialiste de biotechnologie, biochimiste et généticien.
Cet événement est organisé en parallèle avec l’exposition Beyond Reality, de l’artiste plasticienne mexicaine Irene Zundel présentée à l'UNESCO à Paris (hall Ségur), du 18 au 25 janvier. Le vernissage aura lieu le 22 janvier (18h30, hall Ségur) en présence de l'artiste. Le travail d'Irene Zundel offre une interprétation personnelle de l'influence de la technologie et de l'IA sur la conscience humaine.
Contact avec les médias :
Roni Amelan, Section des médias de l'UNESCO, sends e-mail), +33(0)145681650

Accréditation des médias :
Laetitia Kaci, Section des médias de l'UNESCO, sends e-mail), +33(0)15681772
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lunedì 14 gennaio 2019


IMARA-LUBUMBASHI-AFC " Le 13 Janvier 2019, le Mouvement Salésien des Jeunes-MSJ a célébré  Don Bosco des jeunes avec trois  intentions en priant pour le Recteur Majeur Angel Fernandez Artimé qui viendra en AFC le 10 Mai 2019;  pour la délégation de l'AFC aux JMJ de Panama 2019 et pour le retour de l'Abbé  Jean Paul, missionnaire au pays de Malte . 
La journée a commencé par un sketch sous le thème: Jeune témoin d'espérance et de joie en vue du Royaume. 
Ce thème a interpellé les jeunes sur la Sainteté dans le quotidien en application à l'Etrenne 'la Sainteté pour toi aussi.' 
Au cours de la messe présidée par le Père Albert Kabuge,  les jeunes de l'AFC prient pour le voyage du Recteur Majeur Fernandez dans notre pays la RD Congo et tous lui disent: Karibu kwetu.

domenica 13 gennaio 2019

MALTA - Zero tolerance on aggressive behaviour in schools – Educators enduring aggression do not feel supported

The MUT launching two new services and will not hesitate to issue directives to protect its members
During the past weeks the Malta Union of Teachers has seen a rise in the number of reports from members experiencing aggressive behaviour in schools. This led the Union to run a survey to understand better the situation and to take the necessary measures. Whilst results do not constitute scientific data, the outcome of the survey, whilst not surprising, is very shocking and portrays the experiences of a considerable number of educators.
When questioned whether they experienced aggression at their respective schools in the past two years, 87% of respondents confirmed that they experienced it. 23% of respondents claimed that they experienced aggressive behaviour on a daily basis whilst another 23% claimed a weekly frequency of aggressive behaviour being experienced. When questioned who the perpetrator in the aggressive situations was, 75% of respondents mentioned students, 29% parents, 12% colleagues whist 9% mentioned superiors. 60% of respondents claimed that they reported the aggression, meaning that the rest did not report. Respondents were also asked to describe their experience, and situations experienced ranged from aggression on school premises, outside school and through online communication. Experiences can be categorised as verbal or physical aggression and include threats, foul language, biting, scratching, hitting and throwing objects.
During a press conference, MUT President Marco Bonnici stated that “the information received is of great concern and should be a wake-up call to educational authorities and employers. One common factor shared by most respondents is helplessness, while the general feeling seems to be that educators in our schools do not feel supported, with many even claiming that some schools try to minimise and hide their concerns and incidents. Another recurring situation of aggression involves students with tantrums, which might shed light not only on situations that involve educators but also on parenting in general. In fact, verbal abuse from parents is also rampant, and sometimes students behave in a similar way to their parents with learnt behaviour from the home environment.”
In view of this, the MUT is sending a clear message to educational authorities that it will not tolerate that educators continue to endure aggressive behaviour. No justification whatsoever shall be acceptable in all aggressive situations and the Union shall be issuing directives to members who suffer such situations to protect the educator and other students in class. The Union is also launching two new services for members who experience such situations. The first is an SMS emergency line to report aggressive behaviour and receive the appropriate assistance. The second is the provision of a psycho-social service from qualified personnel. Details about these will be communicated directly to the members of the Union.
The MUT concluded with reiterating its appeal for proper security measures in schools to protect educators at their workplace, including the continued presence of a security officer in schools and the strengthening of Police presence at the beginning and end of the school day when students are going in and out of the school. This will not solve all present issues, but it would be a good start. Meanwhile the results of the study conducted by the Ministry on security measures in schools are  still being ignored.