Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Music inspires...

"Music unlocks creativity. It develops children's social skills and their self-confidence." - Carolyn Baxendale, Head of Bolton Music Service and the GM Music Hub
Music Education Hubs were established in 2012, in response to the British government’s 2011 National Plan for Music Education (NPME), to provide access, opportunities and excellence in music education for all children and young people.
Arts Council England think that all children and young people across England should have access to the highest quality music education. Their network of 123 Music Education Hubs are working hard to achieve this aim - in partnership with schools and further education institutions, they run all kinds of projects to inspire young people through music.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Learning Generation

The world faces three fundamental and urgent challenges: prosperity, security and health. Every day we are inundated with stories of poverty-stricken countries, bloodied children becoming the victims of conflict and the many lives lost to preventable diseases. The magnitude of such suffering leaves many feeling helpless. The #LearningGeneration report proposes one central answer to these challenges: educate future generations in order to alleviate the global problems we face.
The Education Commission is challenging the international community to rally behind a bold vision to create the Learning Generation: getting all young people into school and learning within a generation.
-- Watch The #LearningGeneration: A Global Wake-Up Call

Friday, September 23, 2016

Peace is not enough

We have just celebrated Peace Day and it is such a shame that already more than 90 people are reported dead from recent bombardments in Aleppo Syria, including a lot of children.
We also should not forget that peace can be achieved only as part of a much bigger project. The Sustainable Development Goals, unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations in 2015, are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. Every single goal is a building block in the global architecture of peace. It is critical that we mobilise means of implementation, including financial resources, technology development and transfer, and capacity-building, as well as the role of partnerships. Everyone has a stake and everyone has a contribution to make.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


"On International Peace Day, let’s remind ourselves that we can each play our part, every day." (Glen Furbler)
- Read opinion on Bernews or the Royal Gazette
- Listen to "I wish", official song for Peace One Day 2016
- Watch live broadcast here

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Peace is the Way

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Jane to make the world a better place. Each September, Roots & Shoots groups from around the world celebrate Peace Day and honour the UN International Day of Peace. Jane has been a UN Messenger of Peace since 2002 and she inspires us all to live in harmony with nature and each other. Each project is a step towards a future in which humans can live in peace in an environmentally sustainable way—a step towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Building Blocks for Peace

Every year on the International Day of Peace (September 21), the United Nations calls on warring parties to lay down their arms and observe a 24-hour global ceasefire. The symbolism of a day without fighting is a crucial reminder that conflict can and must come to an end. But peace is about much more than putting weapons aside. It is about building a global society in which people live free from poverty and share the benefits of prosperity. It is about growing together and supporting each other as a universal family. The theme of this year’s Peace Day highlights the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – the SDGs – as Building Blocks for Peace. Conflict often starts when people compete over limited resources. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is our blueprint to prevent such conflicts from arising by making sure no one is left behind. When the 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals last September, their message was clear. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS ESSENTIAL FOR LASTING PEACE, AND BOTH DEPEND ON RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. We need to protect our planet. And only by working together can we make our common home safe for future generations. All of us can be sustainable development advocates and spread the word about the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. And we can all hold our governments to account for keeping their pledge to the future. Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind. On this International Day of Peace, express your commitment to peace by becoming a champion of the Sustainable Development Goals.
— UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Friday, September 16, 2016

Let's Make the World a Better Place

Kidnected World is connecting a new generation of young global citizens who understand, explore and reimagine the world together in powerful, unprecedented ways. By connecting kids all over the world in ways that have never been possible before, they set a new point from which kids can understand other people, other cultures and themselves—and together create new possibilities for good. The Wonderment is their first initiative — and it’s the first app of its kind. In the Wonderment, kids participate in collaborative creative experiences with other kids across the globe and turn their shared imagination and interaction into a currency backed by brands and donors to support social good projects benefitting kids around the world. It’s a place where kids can find their creative voice, connect it to others and use it to make a difference.
- Explore videos on Youtube or VIMEO

Kidnected World Connects Kids to Explore and Reimagine the World Together from The Wonderment on Vimeo.

Kids Voices - Global Leadership Summit 2016 from The Wonderment on Vimeo.

The Wonderment: Guatemala Library Bus from The Wonderment on Vimeo.