Education

Abstract uncountable noun

The gradual, continuous and progressive process of acquiring information of good quality, with the intent of personal and social evolution.

To transform the information obtained into knowledge is to develop the skills of reasoning and judgment. Based on ethics, it enables a person to act as a citizen within the awareness of its own rights and duties in front of society.

Therefore, it embraces the hope of developing respect and wisdom among people, for all to be able to enjoy reality and life in most of it.

Quality education is a solid foundation to create social sustainable development.

Inclusive education

To develop inclusive education within society is to give tools to people to be more conscious about reality. It helps people to take care of themselves in regards to their basic needs, like health and life development.

Quality education is the key to break the poverty cycle.

It also reduces inequality, in both economic and gender matters.

Therefore, without the necessity of taking care of basic needs, people have more time, physical and mental conditions to think society in a critical way. Therefore, develop changes and innovative solutions.

The search for knowledge is deliberative in its majority. It gives the opportunity for people to think rationally and effectively about the world.

Education enables people to act in an evolutionary path.

Develop critical rationality is necessary to evolvement, but it has to be made not just for the critique itself. In this scenario, it is directly related to reinforcing the ego and has not an effective result, not only in regards to the person but also to the world itself.

It also reveals a lack of consciousness and reasoning, once the focus should be the issues and reasons for positioning and choices, and not making personal offenses to the people that choose different ideas, once each one has a knowledge developed by experiences and studies in life.

Diversity and distinct perspective of everything are what make a debate interesting. It is necessary to have a healthy discussion to arrive in a consense about what is best for the majority.

Real knowledge is founded in quality education and moves toward a real change of the world. It enables a proper plan of reality, for individual and social evolution.

In this context, respect is necessary not only to foster tolerance among people but also to allow sustainable development goals to be achieved.

This is what contributes to the development of peace among distinctive people and societies, once we are interdepending of each other.

Education is all about respect and empathy.

People have different timing, knowledge, and personalities. It holds a process of truth by the teacher in being properly informed, respectful and wise. The responsibility of teaching is to encourage and give time to the student to explore, once each one has its own knowledge and reality.

As we are rational beings that necessarily live in communities, it is a fact that relations and emotional balance is not only necessary but also needed in educational areas.

Education also demands wisdom, in the sense of knowing and applying the best use of information through knowledge.

Wisdom brings consciousness to people, helping them to make proper judgments about issues in every situation, which means to act in an Ethic way.

The presented scenario happens when people learn that a positive change for the world is possible when looking to life experiences, by an appreciation of the world limitations and possibilities.  

Institutional

The field of study that concerns the pedagogic theory of teaching and learning; a science of teaching and pedagogics.

The act of acquiring particular information, knowledge, and skills of a profession.

A degree level of school, college or university, or the activity of educating people in the referred institutions.  

Progressive education realizes children development from within.

Education in Human Rights Universal Declaration

First Article:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

2th Article:

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

26th Article:

(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance, and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Sources:

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/education/

http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/education

http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/education.html

https://www.macmillandictionary.com/us/dictionary/american/education

Ethics

Ethics are moral principles of proper conduct within society.

It is an Abstract Noun.

It concerns the behavior on daily choices and decisions, considering what is right or wrong.

Ethics relate with rights, responsibilities, duties, and obligations of determinate culture, religion, and society.  

Yet, there is still a discussion about Universal Fairness: whether or not to act in a specific responsible way in front of particular situations, concerning inherent Human Rights.

In a moral judgment, it also regards to a person`s character.

To think and discuss ethical foundations, it is necessary to contextualize humans into a society. The community configuration of life not only need to have some cohabitation rules but also make it fundamental.

Empathy, care, and compassion are guides that enable creating basic assessments of right or wrong, in a debate within different perspectives and cultures, always searching for evolution and universal fairness.  

As rational beings, it is of our obligation to reflect about our rights and responsibilities. To live in a community is also to influence not only the people that are around ourselves; our decisions also influence future generations.

Ethic theories are written to affect human behavior, to help them follow moral guidelines, rather than instincts.

Regarding a change in society by moral values, a good start would be promoting ethical education to children. The majority part of kids are born with a strong sense of ethical ideas, that can be historically evidenced in some civil rights movements with infant participation.

Universal Fairness has been developed by the United Nations with Human Rights.

It is a fact that a significant part of the world’s population does not have access to basic education, and cannot even address the ethical issues they face in their own lives. Therefore, mainly people consider that what is right or wrong entirely up to each individual.

It is possible to change this reality, especially in the digital technology configuration of the contemporary world. Information has never been so disseminated. A guideline to help to understand this new reality is more than necessary, to change how we see life, our relations and how we socialize among each other.

Limits need to be clearer, and respect developed. Valuable information and consciousness are what we need to make a better world. Because, in the end, everything is connected.

Sources:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/ethics-and-morality

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethic

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/introduction/intro_1.shtml

Stand up for Human Rights!

There is a great deal – and an urgency to discuss Human Rights in the contemporary world.

The paradoxical idea is that if they were conceived to be enjoyed by everyone, why are they it so difficult to be implemented, even in the XXI Century?

Penned in 1948, by the United Nation General Assembly in Paris, the Human Rights Declaration is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace. Representatives with distinctive cultural backgrounds authored it together.

Common principles among all nations are proclaimed as a standard of achievement to every single person and Institution.

The main intent of it is to conquer the inherent dignity with inalienable rights for all human family member.  

Human Rights were written after the huge violence of the World Wars. The human being was finally brought to the center of the discussion of Public Politics, in order to build social well-being. Complex, the humankind necessities overcome natural basic needs. The development of the rational mind allows the creation of a subjective reality that must be properly educated, to be able to live in a society with respect to one another.

Nations and its citizens need to develop healthy relationships, in order to survive. Each one of us is a unique individual, yet we all hold issues in common that transcend national boundaries. There are matters that must be understood collectively, and therefore, solved by an exchange of ideas from different perspectives, discussed by all nations. Solutions must benefit the world as a whole, and be constructed together. This context generates a movement to improve people`s lives and promote the evolution of a global society, with equal rights.

Of all, there is one solution that overlaps everything.
The cornerstone that holds the world`s development as an equal place for all humankind is education.
The restructuration of every society allowing each individual to have access to knowledge would improve human conscious of its own life, role in society and how to stand up to your inherent human rights!

Described by the United Nations, the Global Issues that the majority of the world`s society is still facing nowadays are:

Aging

Big Data for the SDGs

Children

Decolonization

Democracy

Ending poverty

Food

Gender Equality

Health

Human rights

International Law and Justice

Migration

Oceans and Law of the Sea

Peace and security

Population

Refugees

Water

Democracy

Terrorism

Violence against children

Violence against women

Genocide

Palestine

Conflict resolution

Peacekeeping  

Disaster relief

Atomic energy

Climate change

 AIDS


Sources:

http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

https://portal.aprendiz.uol.com.br/2018/09/28/como-os-direitos-humanos-sao-entendidos-brasil/


A Thought about Migration

In 2017, I wrote a text to the Irish Website `Babylon Radio`, that follows:

According to the IOM (International Organisation for Migration), the definition of Migrant is:

” (…) IOM defines a migrant as any person who is moving or has moved across an international border or within a State away from his/her habitual place of residence, regardless of (1) the person’s legal status; (2) whether the movement is voluntary or involuntary; (3) what the causes for the movement are; or (4) what the length of the stay is.”

Our contemporary world has, approximately, 7.500.000.000 people.

Each one of us has our own reality, based on our family, social status, city, country, and society. Our personality and way of seeing the world can vary accordingly with each one of these topics.  

Another fact about modern society is that it was developed with a big mix of ethnicities. Nowadays, we can see formed countries with own laws and cultural features, yet each one of them has had some sort of miscegenation during human history.  

Brazil is the major example of the world ’s miscegenation, formed by cultures from all around the world. Its history is made by migration due to huge crises and wars during the 19th and 20th centuries. That is one of the many places around the world that has in its history, blood from different ethnicities.

Migration is part of World history, it is undeniable. The development of technology brought many benefits to mankind, with the evolution of the production of goods and the uncountable amount of information. These factors give us the sensation of an accelerated reality as if we did not have time for anything, anymore.  

This is the bad side of globalization. Capitalism pressure makes us lose our subjectivity, sensibility, life quality and, especially, our humanity.  In a world with so many people, each one with their own reality, followed by its culture and values, should have space for all people to manifest their ideas freely and to live wherever they want to. People and States that are against migration, do it based on the protection of their culture and economy. In fact, migration does help to increase the economy of a country.  

To know another`s reality, culture, and values is to expand our perspective about everything. There is a whole new world to get to know by exploring different ways of life. Welcome to Babylon Project, an inclusionary new proposal that will talk about all the cultures, and at the same time, reinforce immigrant community by giving a new meaning for the word migration, disseminating information about it without prejudices.

Why are bees disappearing, and how it affects us?

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There is a frequent buzz around bees vanishing without a trace, in the last decade.

These are news that flies quickly, once bees are more than just a curious insect. There are more than 20.000 bee species, and, especially the honey-bees are essential to the world`s environment. Including other insects and animals, pollinators do an unintended ecological service. This courtesy is crucial for the reproduction of around 90% of all wild plants and trees, and also support one-third of the world`s crop species, that is mainly, our food.

It all began in 2006`s winter. Farmers from the USA realized that bees were disappearing off the face of the earth. In a study about the case, the phenomenon named as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCT). In this scenario, the majority of bee workers vanish from the colony, leaving behind the Queen and its baby bees. To abandon the colony is a common behavior among bees that are severely sick, and intent to protect others from any disease. Recalling that a hive cannot survive without its bee workers.

There are five main reasons for bees to be disappearing.  Not surprisingly, they all are related to men`s actions and appears in a consequence of each one. Firstly, they are facing poor nutrition, due to the second reason, that is the habitat loss. Larger and larger mono-crops, fields and city development that devastates the local flora and transforms it into a flowerless landscape. Bees are flowers feeders, they get the proteins they need by eaten pollen, and the carbohydrates they need by drinking nectar.

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After it, comes the third one: the rise of temperature, due to the destruction of natural flora and CO2 emissions. Insects do not support strong heat and there is no ideal habitat for them to live by. In addition, talking about natural habitat, the fourth motive is the move species around different countries to realize pollination, what spreads new diseases that local species cannot deal with, and die.

At last, the fifth and worst one cause of bee`s death is the pesticide exposure. It intoxicates all the species of insects that cannot adapt to the indiscriminate use of it. It is more than fighting unwanted insects in the crops. There is a wide variety of pesticides, that includes synthetic fertilizers to nourish plants and herbicides to kill weed from crops – being many of that one’s bee food. The biggest paradox is that there is, World Widely, an increase of 300% in crop production that requires bee pollination. Yet, at the same time, the monoculture is a feast to crop pest, what rise the use of pesticides.
How to help?

Even if you are not a farmer, it is possible to help with daily routine actions that surely will increase human’s quality of life as well. To begin with, just plant native flowers at home, in your neighborhood and motivate public campaigns for it.

In relation to the crops, it is possible to plant flowering borders and diverse the plantations in farms. Avoiding pesticides is an urge also, once if bees have good nutrition they can work better, and consequently, humans will have good nutrition as well.

This may seem a small action, to plant flowers. Isn`t it the beauty of it? It is necessary to correct the dysfunctional food system created by humans. It is possible acting like a bee society, doing your part, in the benefit of the whole, because it is for our own benefit and the future is now.


Petitions:

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/save_the_bees_global_nm_sh/

https://savebees.org/petitions/

https://www.change.org/p/ban-the-chemical-that-s-killing-our-bees

Sources:

https://www.nrdc.org/stories/buzz-about-colony-collapse-disorder

https://xerces.org/

https://www.britannica.com/science/colony-collapse-disorder

https://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/colony-collapse-disorder

Music for Peace

In my twenties, I have had my greatest journalism experience.

I used to work in a Press Office, in the Paulista Avenue. Although it was a regular business with common clients as doctors and lawyers, it used to get some freelance works now and then.

That is how I have met the ‘Music for Peace’. It is a music project from the activism project called Sul`ha, that means truce. This is an organization made by people from the Middle East culture, with the intent of promoting peace between Palestinian and Israelis, and also its religions, muslins, and jews.

The project coordinators are artists that inspire themselves in the lessons from both religion and culture to create the poetry and musical composition of the songs.

The Sul’Ha project was invited to come to Brazil for a special event. The transformation of the Beth El Templethe oldest Synagogue in Sao Paulo, into a library.

With the purpose of spreading knowledge and peace, this project was just meant to be for the occasion.

One of the directors of the project, Ihab Balha, performed a religious muslin`s dance called Sufism inside the Jewish Temple.

The intent of the performance was to represent the peace between both religions and develop a paradigm break when combining the symbols of both religions together.

You can see the video of this special moment in here:

 

 

About Lolita

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Written by Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Lolita is one of the most famous – and polemic romances of the contemporary universal literature. It is considered a master piece of the 20’s. Yet, it was rejected by four different publishers after its first publication in Paris, 1955. The reason was the story theme: the Paedophilia.

It´s a fact: every person will understand Paedophilia as a subject not only uncomfortable but also repugnant. So, why was this book in the top of the bestsellers list, when launched in EUA, 1958? And why is, until nowadays, this book considered a masterpiece?

Written with class, Nabokov’s words transformed the bizarre pedophile theme into an engaging narrative. In the text, a rich and creative vocabulary enable the creation of two buzzwords, which are now known worldwide: Lolita and Nymphet. Both are used to describe young girls that are attractive.

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Two versions of the story were produced in the cinema: the first was made by the director Stanley Kubrick, in 1971. The other, in 1997 by the director Adrian Lyne. As in the book, the film is narrated by its protagonist. The lonely french literature professor Humbert Humbert tells us his story, according to his distorted perspective, which makes it even more intriguing.

It is true that the cinematographic adaptations from books do not include all every detail. Even in 2h40, Kubrick’s film omits all the romance’s first part. It is in the beginning that the protagonist justifies his acts with an unresolved childhood romance, but this part is not present in the movie.

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In the book, Humbert Humbert tells us his story from jail: he was condemned for homicide. The order of the facts changes in the movie, but it does not change the story`s essence. The main caracthers do not lose the main features of them personalities. As an example, Lolita’s mother is the landlord of the house that Humbert Humbert lives. In both versions, Charlotte has uncontrolled emotions and insinuates herself all the time for the pedophile.

It is not important, but also a necessity to talk about such a disconformable theme. With all its disguised prejudice, society moral incite us to let some themes out of the discussion, whether because it is uncomfortable to talk about, or perhaps it is seen as anyone business. Nevertheless, there is always Art itself, that can touch and reveal such an obscure theme and bring it to the social discussion, making people know that it is something that can happen in any family, and it is a problem that has to be dealt with.

With a fancy language, Vladimir Nabokov made a sick man’s past into a romance: Lolita is poetry in form of prose. Portraying on a film, Kubrick expresses the piece with fidelity, adapting the situations described into actions that reveal lively the author idea. Even though, every delicacy is morbid when the matter is about pedophilia…