Education as a right


Today is Malala’s 16th birthday and she is preparing to address the UN Youth Conference at which she will be presenting Ban Ki-Moon with a 330,000 petition calling on the UN General Assembly to fund new teachers, schools and books as well as recommending that every boy and girl should have a classroom place by 2015.

Across many of the world’s poorest countries, armed conflict continues to destroy not just school infrastructure, but also the hopes and ambition of a whole generation of children.  

Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director General

It’s estimated that some 57 million children are not attending primary school of which 50% live in conflict-affected areas.  In Malala’s Pakistan, 50% of all children are not enrolled in primary education, of which 75% are girls!

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Olympiad, a monopoly of a few.

banco-imobiliario-cidade-olimpicaThe City of Rio de Janeiro in buying and distributing the game Monopoly: Olympic City in municipal schools in the city. The act is so absurd that generated negative reactions in the population, such as the letter of repudiation of students IPPUR / UFRJ (Research Institute of Urban and Regional Planning of the Rio de Janeiro – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.The letter seeks the law of Guidelines and Bases of Education that determines, in its second paragraph that “Education, duty of the family of and of the State, based on the principles of freedom and the ideals of human solidarity, aims at the full development of the learner, his preparation for the exercise of citizenship and his qualification for the job, “, to show that the toy does not contribute to the intellectual formation of students and citizens about the urban space of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Instead, the game practically naturalized competitiveness for accumulation and speculation when, in its dynamics, generates expectations of economic gains from urban interventions undertaken by the state.

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Ready, steady, go!

Maria and her familyAfter months of waiting Martina’s visa has arrived and her flights have been booked for the 14th January. Martina will be touching down in Lisbon, Brasilia and Teresina before taking a 12 hour bus journey down to Cristino Castro. Maria, Antonio and their family will receive Martina into their home helping her to settle into life in the Brazilian outback.

Maria (in the stripped top) can be seen here with her children and Michele from Altincham who visited in the summer of 2010.

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Feliz aniversário to Rosalba’s Mum

 Happy Birthday  Dona Maria

From your  family and friends in England

Have a lovely time at your very special party .

On Sunday last, Joe waved Rosalba and her bulging bag of gifts off  on their  journey  back  to  Teresina, the capital city of the northern state of  Piau and sometime home to Rosalba, Joe and their two boys in the early years of their marriage.

 Ariving home a few days in advance of her mum’s 80th birthday  party this weekend  gives Rosalba   time to help the family  with organising  and putting the finishing touches to the celebration to which  almost  300 quests  are expected. I  hear that Rosalba is to be the Mistress of ceremonies; so things are in good hand.

Having had a small taste of partying in Brazil, one can only wonder and try to imagine,  the colour, music, excitement and happiness that is to come and be a little envious.

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Brazil kicks off on the 6th February

Husband and fellow trustee Keith had within hours of hearing the news of the Brazil v England match  begun  rallying support  for a VinB  trip to Wembly.  He  thought such an important sporting event should be published through this space !

The match   marks the  beginning of the Football Association’s 150 year aniversary celebrations. Of further interest is the news reported on the FA’s site that .. “While in Brazil, The FA and England squad will play an active role in developing and supporting a charity programme both in advance of and during the summer of 2013 and 2014 ”

It will be interesting to see more  detail of  the charity programme.

Football Association

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Rotherham arrives in Rio to great welcome

Back in Rio, Beth is still busy this time promoting the project and hosting a group from Rotherham who are on an exposure visit.

Last week we were visited by teachers and students of the Blessed Robert Johnson Catholic College. The group spent two years preparing for this trip.

The group spent two days with us. The first day we receive them with a June party, Brazilian music, dance and a tasty snack. It was really fun to teach them a little bit of our culture.

On the second day was their turn to teach us some things, with games, making bracelets and some of his music as well. At the end of the day, after sweets and lollipops, still won the Wenlock, mascot of the London Olympics!

We learned that the name Wenlock was inspired by the town of Much Wenlock in England, where in 1850 the Olympic Society held its first International Games, serving as inspiration for the beginning of the modern Olympics.

The Olympic mascot Wenlock has 5 colorful bracelets, each representing one of the Olympic rings. His head is shaped like the coverage of the Olympic Stadium in London and the top of the head is a podium for the athletes of gold, silver and bronze. Wenlock also has a light in the head as the famous London taxis and his eye is a camera to record everything.

Have fun with us watching some of the best moments of this visit! We are happy to have met them and to have made new friends!


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Other things we did in Rio

A wild beach is how beth described this beach…..the ocean was truly magnificent !
Next up lunch at a restaurant in the Altlantic Forest….which is tidal.
A visit to the largest mineral store in South America.
And finally that dastardly turnstile

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Activity Days at Hothersall Lodge Outdoor Education Centre

We would like to report that the two activity days held at Lancashire’s Outdoor Centre, Hothersall Lodge went “swimmingly” despite the unseasonal wet weather. Over the two days 45 young people sampled Canoeing, Climbing, Abseiling, Caving, Fire Lighting, Archery, Biking and Team games. A massive thanks must go to Tony, Len,  Will , Phil, Ben, Lauren, Laura, Alix, Jamie and Daniel (pictured above) who  gave their day for free. Their hard work and enthusiasm  ensured that all the children had a memorable time. A further thanks must go to Mick at Hothersall Lodge who allowed us to use the fabulous facilities at the centre and the local schools who publicised the events for us.

Future fundraising events

Friday  6th July – Fun Quiz  – British Legion – 7:30 pm

Thursday 12th July – Coffee Morning – Longridge Civic Centre – all morning

See you there – Dave and Shelagh – 10th June 2012

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Shelagh & Dave

Recently retired Youth leader and husband Dave, almost retired,  Outward Bound centre manager and instructor are busy preparing for a three month placement in the Living & Learning Project with Beth in Rio.

Shelegh & Dave 1

We will hear more from them soon

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Coming soon–Fundraising Activity Days

Forthcoming fund raising events planned will be :

Hothersall Lodge Activity Days – come and sample our outdoor activities

8th June (8:30 to 5:00 pm) – Children aged 7 to 11

8th July (11:30 – 7:30 pm)- Adults (18+)

Cost £20 for the day (less than £2.50p per hour)

For further details and an application form please contact Dave and Shelagh –

Other fundraising event details to follow – watch this space

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