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

First ever IATEFL IP & SEN SIG PCE

Today I attended the IATEFL IP & SEN SIG first PCE event.

There was a quite a diverse range of talks and exchanges, from more personal to more academic, from quite different perspectives and experiences from different countries.

I would like to share some phrases, stories, images from a great day of talks:

“It is not us and them – we are all special – we are all with special needs”
 

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“The language of inclusive Education – accessible, engaging and appropriate to every learner in the group.”
“Use something to describe the person not saying what he or she is.”
“We all have different ways of learning, we all have special needs.”

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“Part of the problem is the school system and classroom, it is not a problem of the teacher.”

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All the slides will be made available at the IP&SEN website.

Thanks to all the presenters and organizers!!

IATEFL 2017

It’s amazing, it happens every time you have the chance to attend the IATEFL Conference.

Once you start getting​ closer to the venue, you feel the buzz

Some early pics to share the feeling


And all the hugs and ‘hi’

Schools For All Guide

Inclusive #Education – What it is and what it is not

We, as parents, are the experts on our children and the constant in their lives.  But navigating the schools years and ensuring that our children gain access to the general education classroom, rec…

Source: Schools For All Guide

My IATEFL BESIG Adventure

Here I am at Sao Paulo international airport waiting for my plane to get to Madrid and then, another plane to Munich.

I left my house in Montevideo 8 hours ago.

Why spending a whole day travelling?

Nine years ago I sent an email to the BESIG coordinator at that time. I wanted to submit a proposal for the annual conference, but I wanted to deliver my talk from Montevideo, Uruguay. He talked to the conference organizers and I ended up delivering a talk using an Adobe Connect platform. I have been presenting at BESIG conferences since then; always from Montevideo, my hometown.

This year I am presenting as well, but this year is different.I am attending my first ever IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference.I am so excited!!

During these years, I have been part of the BESIG online team. We organized simulcasts of the conferences, online conferences, online workshops, online debates, the BESIG World Blog and many other activities.

Together with other BESIG members and committee members we organized lesson plan competitions, we designed online courses for TESOL EVO, selected applicants for different scholarships and endeveoured many other interesting initiatives.

I feel part of a truly innovative and global community of business English  teachers.

What else can I say ? I am proud to be part of this community and I am really looking forward to attending my first IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference face to face.

I saw a beautiful sunrise in Madrid

Now, I am in Munich. I arrived at the hotel 30 yours after leaving  my home in Uruguay.