Saturday, 31 July 2010

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Sunday, 25 July 2010

22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD - No.11

CANADA
This brief presentation is dedicated to Mrs. Catherine Humeniuk M.Ed., the person who made me love Canada, especially Edmonton, Alberta.

 
Facts: 

In 1867 Canada became a self-governing dominion. Now, it is a federation of ten provinces and three territories.
          Government type: a parliamentary democracy, a federation and a constitutional monarchy.
          Capital: Ottawa
          Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II (since 1952)
          Population: 33,760,000
          Official language: English and French
          First inhabitants: the Inuit (Eskimo)
          First Europeans arrived in Newfoundland around AD 1,000.
          The English established here around 1610.

 

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD - No.10



Argentina is officially known as the Argentine Republic and consists of 23 districts (provinces).

Facts:

1. Today, three in eight adults over age 20 have completed secondary school studies or higher (97% literate-rate).

School attendance is compulsory between the ages of 5 and 17. The Argentine school system consists of a primary or lower school level lasting six or seven years, and a secondary or high school level
lasting between five to six years.

2. Argentina is a major producer of movies and the local film industry produces around 80 full-length titles annually.

3. According to the World Christian Database, Argentines are 92.1% Christian, 3.1% agnostic, 1.9% Muslim, 1.3% Jewish, 0.9% atheist, and 0.9% Buddhist and other. Argentine Christians are mostly Catholics.

4. The generally temperate climate is characterized by very hot, humid summers with mild drier winters, and is subject to periodic droughts.

5. Besides many of the pasta, sausage and dessert dishes common to continental Europe, Argentines enjoy a wide variety of indigenous creations, which include stuffed pastry, a mixture of corn, beans, meat, bacon, onion, and gourd.

6. The official national sport of Argentina is played with a six-handle ball on horseback. The national football team has won 25 major international titles including two World Cups.

7. Buenos Aires is the birthplace of the Tango and 'Paris of Latin America'.



Friday, 16 July 2010

22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD - No.9

Starting today, each post in this section will be dedicated to the visitors of this blog from all over the world.



Ghana is situated on the West Coast of Africa. It has often been referred to as an "island of peace" in one of the most chaotic regions on earth.



It shares boundaries with Togo to the east, la Cote d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and the Gulf of Guinea, to the south.



Ghana has an estimated population of 22 million, drawn from more than one hundred ethnic groups - each with its own unique language.






English, however, is the official language.
In 1957, Ghana (formerly known as the Gold Coast) was the first Sub-Saharan African country to gain its independence.
Accra has been Ghana's capital since 1877.

Currency = Ghana Cedi (GHc)

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

MY FRIEND FROM GHANA - an extraordinary young man

Recommended to Intermediate and Advanced English students
 
Dear Mioara, 

I am writing to you as a fellow 1GOAL supporter, to share my story. My name is Stephen Odai and I am 18 years old from Accra in Ghana. I just finished my basic school and now I play football. Two weeks ago I was signed by one of the big clubs in Ghana, Liberty Professionals.
I have six brothers and sisters and I am the first born, so they are all depending on me. I was not in school because of lack of finance, but one day my headmaster called me and said ‘Stephen if you want to play football you have to further your education.’
It was hard because I didn't have money for the fees. All the money went to buy food for my family.
The only way out for me was to go to the road side and sell items so that I can raise money for my admission fees. I did that for some months and I was able to raise the money for my admission fee, and to support my family.
Without education attached to my football I cannot make it in life.  I raise the money, but many of my friends cannot pay the admission fee and do not go to school.
I realise it is not enough to make sure I can go to school. I want to help everyone have the same chance to go to school.
Leaders from all over the world are coming to South Africa the day of the final match to talk about education. I have sent them my message, so if you join me and send your message, I hope they will listen to all of us.
I would like to show you a video that tells my story. And then I ask you to send your own message to world leaders about the importance of education:
http://www.join1goal.org/steven_landing.php
One day I met 1GOAL people in Ghana and I explained everything that I am going through about how I manage to pay my own school fees and my family as well. 1GOAL connect football and education like me, and they asked me to come to South Africa to share my story.
I met the Ghana team and my hero Richard Kingson presented me with a ticket to watch the match against Uruguay in Soccer City. It was amazing and I am not going to forget the experience in my life.
I hope that one day I play at Chelsea and play for my national team the Black Stars as well. I’m training hard and practising hard to get there because there is a saying that the sky is the limit, and I will never give up even though things are difficult.
I hope this dream comes true for all children. So I would like to use this opportunity to urge parents, our leaders and all people to support 1GOAL for the 72 million children who don’t have the chance to go to school.

Sincerely,
Stephen Odai on behalf of 1GOAL

1GOAL: Stephen's Story

Advanced level
1GOAL: Stephen's Story

Saturday, 10 July 2010

World leaders will be gathering in Johannesburg at the end of the World Cup to discuss the global education crises.

Advanced level
Dear friend,Shakira and Nthabiseng
When Shakira was seven years old, her Christmas gift was a typewriter. On it, she wrote the poetry that was to become her songs. Education is the key to unlocking the best in all of us.
Yesterday Shakira met with her friend Nthabiseng, an amazing young student who lives in the Soweto township. Only 12 years old, she's a beautiful writer and already a natural leader. Despite facing many challenges, her future looks bright.
Education has changed both of their lives. Like you, they're committed to ensuring every child has that same chance. That’s why Shakira and Nthabiseng have joined forces to launch an urgent new plan -- and they need your help.
This Sunday, world leaders are gathering nearby to discuss the education crisis, and the decisions they make will have a huge impact. We have just a few days to take our global call to the next level and ensure our voices are heard.
Watch this video of Shakira and Nthabiseng announcing their urgent campaign, and then join them by sending your own message today:
http://www.join1goal.org/shakira-and-nthabiseng.php
Every day, 72 million children around the world are denied the chance to set foot inside a classroom.
These children are future artists and singers, scientists and doctors, inventors and leaders who can't even begin to offer their gifts to the world. And we all pay the price for this injustice. Every day this goes on is another song you'll never hear, another invention you'll never use, and a new cure you'll never receive.
So let's not wait another moment.
The summit is this Sunday, just before the World Cup Final. But we still have time to make our voices heard, even above the vuvuzela horns, and push world leaders to provide education for every child.
Join with Nthabiseng and Shakira by adding your message to world leaders, and then ask your friends to do the same.
http://www.join1goal.org/shakira-and-nthabiseng.php
Thanks for making a difference,
The 1GOAL team

PS – Working together, Nthabiseng, you and Shakira can help get every single child around the world an education. Check out the video of Nthabiseng and Shakira signing their messages here, and then add your own message to theirs before Sunday.

22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD

No.8
Thessaloniki, Greece
The Palace, the Arch, the Rotonda and the Tomb of Galerius
Intermediate level
 



The PALACE remains were excavated in Navarinou Square in 1970s. On the south side of the site is an octogonal structure, the function of which hasn't been determined.

 GALERIUS    4th century Roman Emperor of  humble parentage (son of a herdman and Romula, a Dacian refugee). In 293 he was nominated caesar (subordinate emperor) by Diocletian, and became augustus in 305. Galerius had a distinguished military career and was known as a ruthless ruler who initiated the persecution of the Christians. In 311 he became incapacitated with a painful disease. Fearing that his illness was the vengeance of the Christian God he issued an edict granting toleration. Shortly after that he died.

The ARCH  was built to emphasize Galeriu's power and victories over the Persians. The structure formed a triple arch faced with brick and marble panels with sculptural relief. The central arched opening was 9.7 m wide and 12.5 m high and spanned the portion of Via Egnatia that passed through.

The ROTONDA  (the Church of St George) is believed to be the oldest Christian church in the world. Galerius was thought to have intended it to be his mausoleun. It was more likely to be a temple with an oculus like the Pantheon in Rome. It has a brick dome 24 metres (80 feet) in diametre.

Luxurious hotels, magnificent landscapes and the well-preserved archeological sites make a travel to Thessaloniki absolutely unique.

Friday, 9 July 2010

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Thursday, 1 July 2010

72 mil. copii au nevoie de ajutorul nostru

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Hi,
Did you know I’m a member of the biggest squad at this World Cup – one that boasts 201 world-class football stars, 63 clubs and associations, 31 celebrities and world leaders?
It’s the 1GOAL Squad, and it’s been formed to kick the most important goal at this World Cup: education for every single child in the world. That means convincing world leaders to provide education for the 72 million children currently not in school, missing out on the opportunities an education provides.
The good news is the 1GOAL Squad is recruiting – and our 1GOAL scouts have told me they would love to have YOU on the team! Just click here to sign with the 1GOAL Squad:

http://www.join1goal.org/1goal_squad.php

As teams line up for the World Cup Final, our squad is sending a message to world leaders meeting there that we want education for the 72 million children that don’t have it. Sign up to the Squad today to join us and kick that goal!
Thanks!

Mioara Iacob