VOLUNTEERING FOR IATEFL – my journey, one of the most enriching experiences of my professional life, and also personal…

Yesterday I run into this tweet, Gabriel Diaz Maggioli had re-tweeted it. Gabriel is the current IATEFL Vice President, a brilliant Uruguayan ELT professional. And realized how much I miss the IATEFL community.

I haven’t been around much for the past year.

Since the pandemic began, we, human beings, have been facing many limits: “I can’t understand what’s going” “I can’t move around” “I can’t contact other people”; many CAN´T Dos. And not because of us, but because of the context that has become hostile and has put many barriers.

We are re-inventing ourselves, finding new ways of co-living, connecting, co-designing ways of living in harmony with nature (we, human beings, are nature)

I’m not an exception to that. Here I shared some reflections regarding that. https://mercedesviola.wordpress.com/2021/02/08/let-the-pampero-clean/

People with disabilities have been living with those imposed limits (imposed by a hostile context) since … forever. We, society, working environments, schools, we are hostile because we are not accessible to them.

I have a brother and a daughter with disabilities, so I’ve been working a lot (together with many, many other people and organizations worldwide) towards identifying those barriers in order to try to eliminate them.

With the pandemic these barriers have become even bigger, higher, so, I devoted all my volunteering time to working towards “building back better”, it means putting the attention and energy on leaving no one behind.

So, I couldn’t find the time to keep up with all the wonderful things IATEFL and the different SIGs, thanks to all the volunteers have been doing.

As my eldest daughter says “I like long stories” (she’s a writer), so bear with me, I’m getting to my IATEFL volunteering journey.

First, I would like to thank Maria Sara Rodriguez, who, back in 2005 encouraged me to get involved with IATEFL. https://silviarovegno.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/in-memoriam-maria-sara-rodriguez-caldeyro/

In 2006 I became a member of IATEFL and chose the Business English SIG (BESIG).

I live in Uruguay, South America. For an English teacher it was almost impossible to travel to Europe to go to a conference (plane ticket, accommodation, registration, etc), so, since I wanted to deliver a presentation at the 2007 IATEFL BESIG Conference in Berlin, I sent an email asking if it was possible to deliver it online (from Montevideo to Berlin, in 2007!!). The BESIG coordinator at that time (Eric Baber) liked the idea and we discussed how we could do it.

I got in contact with the person from the Technische Fachhochschule who helped me with the platform the university used at that time, and I delivered my talk through Adobe Connect. (I cannot remember the name of the person… I looked through my emails, but couldn’t find it. He was great).

When I think about it, 14 years ago, delivering an online talk to a live audience in Berlin

I kept on delivering online talks (from Uruguay to somewhere in Europe) and in 2009 Carl Dowse invited me to be one of the members of this amazing idea, the BESIG Online Team (BOT) Its main objectives were:

  • to be able to offer online development opportunities to business English teachers/trainers all over the world, offering the possibility to those who could not attend a f2f conference, to participate and be part of it.
  • to offer the opportunity to interact with other teachers, to get to know other professionals, to truly be part of a community of practice.

These are just some of the things we did:

  • a world blog ( 2010) – to have a space to exchange ideas among colleagues. Andi White was leading this
  • an online community (2010) – (NING) where we could create our profile page (so that we could get to know one another). We had discussion groups, forums. I led this.
  • On June 2010 we had the first ever BESIG Webinar. (Conny Kreis-Meyer was one of the organizers)
  • We launched the BESIG Weekend Workshops (online) – Mike Hogan was in charge of that
  • A new website, Carl Dowse was in charge of this.

We wanted to do more to reach more people, to give the possibility to people who could not attend the conference f2f to feel the vibe of the conference and to watch some of the talks.

We decided to broadcast some of the talks of the IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference to an online audience (my presentation from Uruguay was also part of the online programme) and we decided to interview presenters, participants, and delegates.

In 2011 I won the IATEFL BESIG Facilitator Scholarship, thanks to that I was able to attend an IATEFL Conference f2f for the first time!!

No words to describe my excitement. This is a blog post I wrote when I got back from the conference.

In 2011 we organized the first ever IATEFL BESIG Online Conference

We also decided to hold a Satellite event of the IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference here in Montevideo in 2011.

A team of teachers got together, here, to follow the online programme of the Annual conference, I presented from here to the audience here and in Dubrovnik. During the lunch break (it was 10 am here), a Uruguayan speaker gave a talk to the audience here. At the end we had a transatlantic discussion between delegates here and there.

It was amazing, lots of fun! We kept on holding Satellite events here and in other parts of the world for some years.

I attended my first IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference f2f for the first time in 2016 in Munich, it was amazing.

I was a member of the online team ( I was BESIG Website & Online Team coordinator for a couple of years) until June 2020. We ran lesson plan competitions, we designed online courses, we participated in the TESOL Electonic Village many times, among other things.

During those years I cannot describe all the wonderful things we created, we designed and did. Most importantly, all the wonderful people I met from all over the world.

I also joined the IATFL Electronic Committee in 2013, when it was launch. Now, it is called the Digital Committee.  Caroline Moore was leading the team, Mike Harrison, Heike Philip, Paul Sweeney and me were the founder members of the team.

We started holding the IATEFL monthly webinars with speakers from all over the world in 2013. I got the chance to meet lots of writers, researchers, speakers, teachers,… amazing!

We also organized an After Hours Online Event at the 2014 IATEFL Annual Conference in Harrogate, to offer the opportunity of people from different parts of the world to join and discuss issues with delegates in Harrogate.

In 2014, we organized the first IATEFL Online Conference. (WebCon)

This was the planning committee: Caroline Moore, Heike Philp, Bethany Cagnol, Marjorie Rosenberg , Nicky Hockly, Louise Atkins, Carol Read and Mercedes Viola

This Web Conference has continued since then.

In 2019, I spoke at the Annual Conference Closing Panel together with Katherine Bilsborough, Evan Frendo and Amol Padwad; moderated by Shaun Wilden.

I know this is a long story, it is a twelve-year story. It is impossible to share all the things I did as a member of these different amazing teams.

The most important aspect is what I received, what I learned, all the wonderful people I met thanks to volunteering for IATEFL.

I can only say THANK-YOU!!!!!

IATEFL, Linking, developing and supporting English Language Teaching professionals worldwide

PS: thanks to IATEFL I met Dana Poklepovic from Argentina. Dana also has a son with a disability. Now, besides being English trainers, Dana and I work together facilitating transformation processes towards a more inclusive society

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Let the pampero* clean

*The pampero is a burst of cold polar wind from the west, southwest typical from Uruguay and Argentina.

When I started to imagine this post, I asked myself these questions:

  • Do I write it from a personal point of view?
  • Do I write it from a professional point of view?
  • Do I write it from a business point of view?

I am writing it and I still do not have the answer, as it is all part of the same. What I want to share covers everything, because, as a human beingm I am not divided into isolated compartments, each of these “domains” and several others are part of the same person.

  • in English?
  • in Spanish?

At the end, it was in Spanish, with the hope that I’ll translate it into English. Which I doubt, knowing myself and knowing how I prioritize my times. But I still have the conviction that I will do it.  (and as you can see, I’ve done it 😊 )

When we spend the holiday season with some complex health situation in our families, we live the holidays from another perspective. At least that has been my experience, it does not mean that it is everyone’s. Although this year I am spending them with one of those issues in the family, I feel that, as humanity, we are all living the holidays season like this; not knowing much what it is happening, how it will continue to develop, knowing that we can give the best of ourselves to contribute, but we do not control what happens or how the future will be.

It is very difficult for me to describe it because it is a feeling.

cielo de tormenta gris y en tonos de beige

This past year I kept a diary for a while, a diary where I simply wrote without thinking, spitting out the first thing that came to my heart; I have not read it again. I will, I like to reflect on what I have lived, felt, done.

I had not written here (in this blog) for a year, it was at the end of 2019, and the post ends: “In these times of transition, I hope that the 2020 and the following years will find us transforming ourselves as people and as a collective community, reconnecting with each other, with our history, our place in the world and the ecosystem. “

What to say now?

During 2019 4D Lab was in a process of transformation, thinking it over, we have always been in a process of transformation, we have always been changing, adjusting, I want to think that evolving. Evolving towards where, towards what? I don’t know for sure, I know that, together with many other people, companies and organizations, we are working towards building a shared well-being on a healthy planet.

Isn’t this an economy? A system of distribution of goods and services that meets the needs of the community? The currency of this economic system is energy, which flows through it, and materials, which cycle among the producers and the consumers. It is a system for redistribution of wealth, an exchange of goods and services. Each member has an abundance of something, which they offer to others. (source)

During 2019, January and February 2020 (pre-pandemic) we were imagining, analyzing different scenarios of how to continue working, we were in full motion, we had a plan A, a plan B. a plan C, just in case

The pandemic arrived and none of those multiple scenarios fit, but we already had the flexibilization, the muscle developed to surf uncertain waves. Bauman and his 2000 book “Liquid Modernity” are always on my mind.

three surfers entering the sea. It says: If you don't want to sink, keep surfing, Bauman 2005. Thank you very much. IATEFL BESIG Conference 2021 @mercedesviola

We reflected on these 4 questions

  1. What can you get rid of?
  2. What can you do differently?
  3. What new things can you do?
  4. What alliances can you create?

If I were to answer those questions, I would have to write a very long post. Here are some videos, or images that summarize some things.

The COVID-19 situation exacerbated exclusion and inequity.

A lot of work had to be done:

  • to make information about the coronavirus accessible to all people,
  • so that distance education would not leave out children and young people in a greater situation of vulnerability,
  • to accompany people who, due to the pandemic, had to stay locked up in places where they didn’t want to be.

(Here you can see a report of the pandemic activities of 4D Lab).

I participated in multiple teams relying on the collective strength to support ourselves, to support other people and organizations, to create networks, different support networks, trying to connect those networks, where we are all looking for solutions, we all want  to co-create a new way of living together respecting ourselves and our environment. Some of these networks are: ProEdu, The Working Group on Inclusive Education, The Alliance of Organizations for the Rights of People with Disabilities, Sistema B, The Regional Network for Inclusive Education, Inclusion International, IATEFL, IATEFL BESIG.

As a family, we were able to interact in harmony based on a knowledge of each one, we settled down, we seek to adjust different spaces so that they could fulfill multiple functions: study, work, sports , or family.

The eldest, Mer, a writer, photographer, communicator, was living outside of Uruguay. She was visiting us in March, she did not leave again. She had to change all her plans, her jobs, everything. Looking for her personal, professional and work spaces, adapting.

The second, Fran, studying, starting a more formal job, willing to help, with her girlfriend in Buenos Aires, not being able to see her face to face, looking for ways to keep his relationship at a distance, keeping the spirit of the U20 soccer team that he was leading with lots of love.

The youngest, Magda, starting the university, with all the responsibility of being the first person with Down syndrome to enter the university in Uruguay, learning to use the zoom platform, Moodle, dancing and participating in her theater classes via zoom.

Fede re-accommodating his work, continuing his specializations and building networks; accompanying, contributing, supporting the processes of his family, my family and our family.

Sunset December 30
moon rise December 30

There are a lot of stories of this year, of all kinds, impossible to share them all …

Today, December 31, 2020, it had rained heavily all night, a windy sunrise, the pampero, southwest wind. I went out for a walk on the beach, the sea full of waves, and the wind blowing and blowing. My father always told us, because his father used to tell him, his father who was a doctor and a fisherman (he used to go out with the fishermen in their boats), “the pampero is already blowing, now clean skies come.”

That is my greeting at the end of the year looking at the new year:

Let the pampero clean !

#IATEFL2019 overnight reflections

LOOKING BACK

I was invited to give a talk, together with Katherine Bilsborough,Evan Frendo and Amol Padwad, on the future directions of ELT for the IATEFL Conference in 2019

I think it is interesting to watch it almost two years later and with this COVID-19 situation worldwide

MercedesViola's Blog

I should be sleeping, very early in the morning I need to catch another plane to get to Liverpool.

But I can’t sleep, I’m already in this pre conference mood.

In June last year. I received an email from the IATEFL president with an invitation; an invitation to be one of the speakers at the closing plenary. The idea was to try something new, an interactive plenary with a focus on ‘Future Directions in ELT’, to have four people making a wish, a prediction from different angleson ‘Teaching English to future generations’.

I loved the idea. I enjoy trying new things and challenging the status quo.

Since I live in the southern hemisphere and know how difficult it is to attend an IATEFL conference face to face, I really liked the idea of having an interactive plenary, one in which everybody could participate and have a say, including online…

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¡Que el pampero limpie!

Cuando empecé a imaginarme este post se me plantearon estas interrogantes:

  • ¿lo escribo desde lo personal?
  • ¿lo escribo desde lo profesional?
  • ¿lo escribo desde lo empresarial?

Lo estoy escribiendo y sigo sin respuesta, ya que es todo parte de lo mismo. Lo que quiero compartir abarca todo, porque como ser humano no estoy dividida en compartimientos, cada uno de esos “dominios” y varios otros, son parte de la misma persona.  

  • ¿en inglés?
  • ¿en español?

Salió español, con la esperanza que me llegue el momento de traducirlo al inglés. Cosa que dudo, conociéndome y conociendo como priorizo mis tiempos.  Pero la confianza en que lo haré, está.

Cuando uno pasa la época de las “fiestas” con alguna situación de salud complicada en la familia, las vive desde otra perspectiva. Por lo menos esa ha sido mi experiencia, no quiere decir que sea la de todas las personas. Si bien este año las estoy pasando con un tema de esos, siento que, como humanidad, las estamos viviendo así;  no sabiendo mucho que está pasando, cómo se seguirá desarrollando, sabiendo que uno puede dar lo máximo de si para aportar, pero no controla lo que pasa ni como va a ser el devenir.  

Me es muy difícil de describirlo porque es un sentir.

imagen de cielo en tonos de gris y beige

Este año durante bastante tiempo llevé un diario, un diario donde simplemente escribía sin pensar, escupiendo lo primero que me venía al corazón; no lo he vuelto a leer. Lo haré, me gusta reflexionar sobre lo vivido, sentido, hecho.

Hace un año que no escribía acá, fue al terminar el 2019, y el post termina:  “En estos tiempos de transición, espero que el 2020 y años siguientes nos encuentre transformándonos como personas y como colectivo, reconectándonos entre nosotros, con nuestra historia, nuestro lugar en el mundo y el ecosistema.” 

¿Qué decir ahora?

Durante el 2019 4D Lab estuvo en un proceso de transformación, pensándolo mejor, siempre hemos estado en proceso de transformación, hemos vivido cambiando, ajustando, quiero pensar que evolucionando. ¿Evolucionando hacia donde, hacia qué? No lo sé con certeza, sé que queriendo, junto a muchos otras personas, empresas y organizaciones, construir hacia un bienestar compartido en un mundo saludable.

Isn’t this an economy? A system of distribution of goods and services that meets the needs of the community? The currency of this economic system is energy, which flows through it, and materials, which cycle among the producers and the consumers. It is a system for redistribution of wealth, an exchange of goods and services. Each member has an abundance of something, which they offer to others. (source)

Durante el 2019, enero y febrero del 2020 (pre-pandemia) estuvimos imaginando, analizando diferentes escenarios de como seguir trabajando, estábamos en pleno movimiento, teníamos plan A, plan B (por si algo de A no salía), plan C, just in case

Vino la pandemia y ninguno de esos múltiples escenarios se ajustaba, pero ya teníamos la flexibilización, el musculo más desarrollado para surfear las olas inciertas. Siempre tengo muy presente a Bauman y su libro del año 2000 “Liquid Modernity”

Descripción de imagen: surfistas entrando al mar en una noche de luna

Surfistas entrando al agua y dice “if you don’t want to sink, keep surfing” Bauman, 2005
Thank you very much
IATEFL BESIG CONFERENCE 2012 @mercedesviola

En base a estas 4 preguntas fuimos avanzando:

  1. ¿De qué nos podemos desprender?
  2. ¿Qué podemos hacer de manera diferente?
  3. ¿Qué cosas nuevas podemos hacer?
  4. ¿Qué alianzas podemos generar?

Si me pusiera a contestar esas preguntas, tendría que escribir un post muy largo.  Les dejo acá algunos videos, o imágenes que resumen algunas cosas.  

La situación de pandemia puso aún mas de manifiesto las exclusiones y las inequidades. Hubo que trabajar mucho para que la información sobre el coronavirus fuera accesible a todas las personas, para que le educación a distancia no dejara por fuera a los niños/niñas y jóvenes en mayor situación de vulnerabilidad, para acompañar a personas que debido a la pandemia tuvieron que permanecer encerradas en lugares donde no querían estar. (acá pueden ver un informe de las actividades de pandemia de 4D Lab).

Participé de múltiples equipos buscando la fuerza del colectivo para sostenernos, sostener a otras personas y organizaciones, creando redes, diferentes redes de apoyo, intentando unir esas redes, donde todos/as estamos buscando soluciones, estamos queriendo co-crear una nueva manera de convivir respetándonos y respetando nuestro entorno. Algunas de esas redes son: ProEdu, Grupo de Trabajo sobre Educacion Inclusiva, Alianza de Organizaciones por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad, Sistema B,  Red Regional por la Educacion Inclusiva, Inclusion International, IATEFL, IATEFL BESIG.

Cada una de las 5 personas que estuvimos en diferentes momentos bajo el mismo techo pudimos interactuar desde un mayor conocimiento de cada uno/a, nos fuimos acomodando, buscando adecuar los espacios para que pudieran cumplir múltiples funciones: de estudio, de trabajo, de deporte, de familia.

La mayor, Mer, escritora, fotógrafa, comunicadora, estaba viviendo fuera de Uruguay, la pandemia la agarró de visita acá, no volvió a irse. Tuvo que cambiar todos sus planes, sus trabajos, todo. Buscando su espacio personal, profesional, laboral, adecuándose.

El segundo, Fran, estudiando, empezando a trabajar de manera más formal queriendo apoyar, con la novia en Buenos Aires, no pudiendo encontrarse personalmente, buscando maneras de mantener su pareja a distancia, manteniendo el animo del equipo de futbol Sub20 que estaba dirigiendo con mucho amor.

La menor, Magda, empezando la universidad, con todo el peso de eso, siendo la primera persona con SD que entra en la universidad en Uruguay, aprendiendo a usar el zoom, el Moodle, a danzar y hacer teatro a la distancia.

una joven con síndrome de Down bailando en su dormitorio

Fede re-acomodando su trabajo, continuando sus especializaciones y su tejido de redes; acompañando, aportando, apoyando los procesos de su familia, mi familia y nuestra familia.

Hay un montón de historias del año, de todo tipo, imposible transmitirlas todas…

Atardecer del 30 de diciembre del 2020

atardecer en el mar

luna llena del 30 de diciembre del 2020

luna llena en el cielo

Hoy 31 de diciembre de 2020, llovió con fuerza en la mitad de la noche, amaneció con viento, con el pampero, viento sudoeste, típico viento de estas zonas. Sali a caminar por la playa, el mar totalmente crecido, y el viento soplando y soplando. Mi padre siempre nos decía, porque a él se los decía su padre, su padre que era médico y pescador – salía con los pescadores en sus botes, “ya esta soplando el pampero, ahora limpia”.

Ese es mi saludo de fin de año mirando al nuevo año:

¡Que el pampero limpie!

Descripción de imagen: video de mar con olas e isla detrás. Pasa una gaviota

Reflexiones hacia el 2020

Hoy es el último día del 2019, estamos por empezar una nueva década en este nuevo siglo, en este nuevo milenio.

Fechas durante las cuales, muchas veces reflexionamos sobre lo vivido, las alegrías, los sufrimientos, lo compartido, lo amado, lo perdido, lo dado, lo recibido, lo hecho y por lo que queremos seguir trabajando.

Este año, como familia, cerramos un ciclo, nuestra hija menor (son tres), terminó el bachillerato. Además de ser un hito en si mismo, como familia que termina la etapa escolar de sus hijos e hijas, es un momento bastante especial. Magda, que nació en el año 2000 (cuando estábamos comenzando este nuevo siglo, este nuevo milenio), tiene síndrome de Down, y en ese momento, la idea de que fuera a terminar el bachillerato parecía una utopía para la mayoría de la gente.

Durante estos casi 20 años, fue mucho lo desaprendido, lo cuestionado, lo desafiado, y gracias a haber nacido en una familia donde se me enseñó a pensar de manera critica, a buscar las fuentes (no solamente de lo intelectual, sino también de lo emocional y espiritual) fue que, junto a muchas otras personas, pudimos ir creando un nuevo camino, un camino donde todas, todos y cada uno tengan su lugar.

Acá les dejo, para aquellas personas que quieran conocer más, algunas charlas y conversaciones mantenidas durante estos años.

Pero volviendo a las reflexiones de cierre del 2019, mi primer sentimiento es de agradecimiento, agradecimiento a tantas personas de mente, corazón y manos abiertas que han acompañado, facilitado y apoyado todo este camino. Son muchas, personas generosas, compañeras, llenas de humanidad. Igualmente, no puedo dejar de pensar en todas aquellas personas que no tienen todo el apoyo y posibilidades que hemos tenido, y por eso en el 2020 seguiremos trabajando para seguir caminando hacia una educación, lugares de trabajo, en definitiva, una sociedad donde todas las personas tengamos un lugar donde desarrollarnos.

Cuando miro a mi calendario del 2019 con todos los talleres, charlas y plenarios realizados, veo como no solamente de manera personal, sino también de manera profesional y junto a un hermoso equipo hemos ido diseñando y facilitando procesos de transformación hacia una comunicación y culturas inclusivas.

En estos tiempos de transición, espero que el 2020 y años siguientes nos encuentre transformándonos como personas y como colectivo, reconectándonos entre nosotros, con nuestra historia, nuestro lugar en el mundo y el ecosistema.  

ilustración: Magdalena Cosco

La escuela rural, un laboratorio de innovación educativa

No podemos seguir pensando que la solución a este reto pasa por más homogeneización. Al contrario, la solución pasa por poner en valor la diferencia. Por entender la diferencia como un recurso educativo. La única manera de atender el reto de la diversidad es con diversidad.

co.labora.red

No sé cómo hemos llegado a concebir la disparatada idea de que una clase aprenderá mejor si todo el mundo aprende lo mismo al mismo tiempo. Como si una clase fuera una fábrica.

John Holt.El fracaso de la escuela. 1977

Escuela Rural: Recuerdos de Pandora. cc by-nc https://flic.kr/p/b3FvuF

Antes de seguir leyendo este artículo, cierre un momento los ojos y trate de imaginar un aula y una escuela tipo. Es muy probable que esa aula tenga entre 20 y 30 mesas, de color verde escolar, alineadas en filas, dispuestas de una en una, quizá emparejadas, todas orientadas hacia delante, hacia un punto fijo, probablemente una pizarra, a cuyo lado se encuentra otra mesa, algo más grande que las anteriores.

Si le pido ahora que me describa qué está pasando en esa aula, es más que probable que me diga que hay un grupo de alumnas y alumnos

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#IATEFL2019 overnight reflections

I should be sleeping, very early in the morning I need to catch another plane to get to Liverpool.

But I can’t sleep, I’m already in this pre conference mood.

In June last year. I received an email from the IATEFL president with an invitation; an invitation to be one of the speakers at the closing plenary. The idea was to try something new, an interactive plenary with a focus on ‘Future Directions in ELT’, to have four people making a wish, a prediction from different angles on ‘Teaching English to future generations’.

I loved the idea. I enjoy trying new things and challenging the status quo.

Since I live in the southern hemisphere and know how difficult it is to attend an IATEFL conference face to face, I really liked the idea of having an interactive plenary, one in which everybody could participate and have a say, including online delegates.

So, I accepted the invitation and started thinking about what I wanted to share.

I also loved the idea of a team of speakers, four of us from different countries and contexts, with different experiences.

We had many online meetings to talk, share and plan the closing plenary. The design process has been very enriching and fulfilling.

Now, the time has come. It is conference time, a time to meet many colleagues from all over the world, a time to listen, to talk, to share, a time to learn.

I’m looking forward to meeting many of you in Liverpool and seeing you at the closing plenary.

I truly believe in the power we, as English teachers, trainers, educators, have. Let’s create a bright future together!

International Day of Education – Día Internacional de la Educación

“Today marks the first International Day of Education, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly last December. This significant decision recognizes the capital role of education in “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind. We will not succeed in mitigating climate change, adapting to the technological revolution, let alone achieve gender equality,without ambitious political commitment to universal education. “

Ms Audrey Azoulay,Director-General of UNESCO

“Hoy se celebrael primer Día Internacional de la Educación, proclamado por la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas el pasado mes de diciembre. Con esta importante decisión se reconoce el papel fundamental que desempeña la educación en “Transformar nuestro mundo: la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible”.

Sin una educación inclusiva y equitativa de calidad y oportunidades de aprendizaje a lo largo de toda la vida para todos, los países no lograrán romper el ciclo de pobreza que deja a la zaga a millones de niños, jóvenes y adultos. No conseguiremos mitigar el cambio climático, adaptarnos a la revolución tecnológica ni, mucho menos, alcanzar la igualdad de género sin un compromiso político ambicioso con la educación universal.”

TODAY I’m sharing a TEDx Talk I delivered almost 5 years ago in Montevideo, Uruguay, telling part of our inclusive education journey.

Feel free to comment and add more storytelling talks about inclusive education. (in any language)

Thank you.

Hoy les comparto la TEDx Talk que di hace casi 5 años en Montevideo, Uruguay, contando nuestro camino hacia la educación inclusiva

Pueden comentar y agregar otras charlas que cuentan las historias hacia una educación inclusiva. (en cualquier idioma)

Gracias y nos seguimos leyendo


On my way to the Global #EncuentroB

Do you know what #BCorps are?

If you don’t, you can watch this video B Corp Anthem 2018

4D Content English, the company I founded and have been leading for a while, has been a Certified B Corp for a year.

Since then, we participated in the Encuentro B in Sao Paulo last year and I joined the executive committee of Sistema B Uruguay.

This year B Lab’s Global Network is hosting the Global Partner Assembly, in conjunction with the Encuentro+B in Frutillar/Puerto Varas, Chile.

You can read about this event here (in Spanish)

Really looking forward to it

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing