Monday, 23 September 2019

Change is coming whether you like it or not


From the protests in São Paulo on Sep, 20th against the destructive politics for the environment in Brazil promoted by the government.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019


Baring in mind that our choices can impact positively or negatively the environment and influence the future of the planet, it wouldn't be different with food choices. I do believe education to be the key point if we want to see any change in this situation. Amazonia was set on fire in the name of the greed of a few people who do not mind destroying the life of an entire country since they can make money out of such disgrace by devastating the forest for the catle and plant pasture. I invite you to join me in this simple project. The idea is to stimulate students to make food choices that promote agroecology and healthy eating habits. All they have to do is to post a picture of their food with the hashtag #NoAmazoniaOnMyPlate #Isupportagroecology #NoPesticidesOnMyPlate #NoAgrobusinessOnMyPlate and others you can create. I would love to share the pics on this blog and also your report, your YouTube video, your school page. Find me in Facebook, Instagram and iEARN community. If you feel in the mood and kids enjoy, what about sharing a few recipes?  It's up to you. Hope to see you along.
If you want to learn more about agroecology I do recommend

Wednesday, 21 August 2019


One of 20 finalist videos for the Nature-based solutions for food and human health category. Share your favourite video with your family, friends and contacts. The Global Youth Video Competition is part of tvebiomovies 2019 and shares inspiring stories of local action around the climate emergency, protecting biodiversity and land restoration. The finalist films will be showcased during the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit in New York in September 2019 and the overall winner for each category will attend the Climate conference in Chile in December 2019 as a youth reporter. The GYVC is co-organized by the GEF-UNDP Small Grants Programme, and the secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the Convention on Biological Diversity. We are grateful to Fondation BNP Paribas for their support. Find out more about the CBD

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Mom and me and books and things I remember

I remember I was the one to be picked to read aloud, to dramatize and sometimes, to keep my mouth shut since my early school days. Reading began a short time before I started my formal education.  Since preschool was inaccessible to the children in the suburbs in those days, I was enrolled in school at age seven, but I had already learned a lot from home. I remember my mother would make us recite the alphabet and put the syllables together and make our first calculations and also twist our ears and pinch our arms for she was not very patient and had three little girls eager to learn. Mom is and will always be my first and most precious reference in this word of letters and now, algorithms. I confess that the twisting of my ears and pinching of my arms have contributed to accelerate my reading. Our classes usually happened in the afternoons in our little room where mother sewed near the window with us around her, playing, quarreling and studying. The sound of her sewing machine and our voices reciting the alphabet is a dear memory to me, sooner she would find a job and we would take care of ourselves very early in life and see one another very little at the end of each day. My aunt also played an important role in  my learning process. She worked for a newspaper company and brought home every night the fresh paper of the day with the usual lies. I do not know in your country but, here in Brasil there is a group composed by a few families that monopolize the press and manipulate all information they can to keep the population as alienated as possible, confusion is good for business. Fortunately, now with Internet we have other options to keep ourselves informed, back in those times it was not possible. I remember I would paint all huge capital letters that covered the headlines, the comics, even the photos, the color pencil was enormous in my little hands. Color pencil boxes used to have only six  then, red, yellow, green, blue, brown,white and black. Books were inaccessible those days but, newspapers, I had plenty of them to paint and even risk some loud reading to please mom. Mother got a job short time later and when Grandma was not with us, we had to get on very well alone until Mom came back at the end of the day. Mom and aunt were the only women in the street who worked out. It was a very important change in our lives. This is what I remember from the days before my schooling, I was the first of three sisters to go to school. Much time has passed since then to the pile of books in the photograph: graduation, marriage, teaching career, birth of kids... The books reflect that little girl's restlessness with the important issues of that, this and all times and the humanity we all share, but this is a long story ...

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Educadores Globais celebrates 10 years of great work.

Congratulations Almerinda, Cláudia, Patrícia and let's move towards more 10 yeas and more 10 years and more 10 years of opportunities for teachers and students all over the country.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

To teacher Celani with gratitude and love

We are all devastated here with the loss of our beloved teacher Maria Antonieta Alba Celani who has left us yesterday. Teacher Celani was the pioneer of Applied Linguistics in Brasil and dedicated her life to promote the improvement of English Language Teaching in our country.  Besides to create programs for public education teachers of english, she is the author of several books in the field. She has also been the tutor of several mastering, doctoring and post doctoring students along all these years of work. Although she has physically left us, she will be forever an inspiration for all of us, specially language teachers who were immensely benefited with her work. May our teacher rest in peace and receive our thoughts of gratitude and love.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Sorria, você está na Bahia!

Yes! Smile, you're in Bahia! A message of welcome to tourists in general and it wouldn't be different to the thousands of participants who were in Salvador for the 13th World Social Forum. People who have come from all corners of the planet to think together a more sustainable, fairer and happier world. Is it possible? We can not stop trying. It was a real privilege to have participated in this experience, of course I could not take part in all the hundreds of activities that happened simultaneously in the Federal University of Bahia and in several points of Salvador. However there are a few sites and photos of some moments of this great world meeting I would like to share with you, starting with a few pics of the first-day march that culminated at Praça Castro Alves.

It was impressive to see the university opened to all communities to discuss education, environment issues, health, security, agroecology, human rights, equality, non violence, prejudice, racism, etc

 Carolina de Jesus, Brazilian writer, was remembered through the installation "The Trash Room" about her most famous book, about poverty and the hard life in the favelas (slums) of Brazil.  

On March the 14th, we were both shocked and revolted with the killing of the activist and council woman Marielle Franco. Many activities in the forum were dedicated to protest against this act of outrageous violence against women, human rights and dignity which reverberated around the world, even Pope Francisco phoned her mother to express his sadness and condolences.

Besides to march in protest, this tribute was made in her memory and will be exhibited in Rio de Janeiro.

Learn more about the World Social Forum - 2018, Salvador.

 WSF official website -