“Global Awareness, Multicultural Literacy, and Humanitarianism: The Problems are Urgent and the Clock is Ticking” (Humanitarian Institute)

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“It should be noted that the “21st-century skills” concept comprises a wide-ranging and amorphous body of knowledge and skills that is not easy to define and that has not been officially codified or categorized but that are thought by educators, school reformers, college professors, employers, and others to be critically important to success in today’s world for the purpose of practicing and usefulness: educational, career, and civic settings throughout a student’s life (the Glossary of Education Reform)”

The four C’s of the 21st Century are:

1)Critical thinking

2)Creativity, artistry, curiosity, imagination, innovation, personal expression;


4)Communication both oral and written; public speaking and presenting, listening;

1. Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving. problem-solving, reasoning, analysis, interpretation, synthesizing information;

2. Collaboration & Influence across digital networks and with individuals from different backgrounds.

3. Agility & Adaptability by providing change and enabling an environment for stakeholders to collaborate and determine these own paths.

4. Initiative and Entrepreneurship by changing and leading and using inspiration to impact. “Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.” (Victor Hugo) and not wait for someone else to tell us what to do.

Researchers Michael Frey and Doris Fay define it as “…and by being persistent in overcoming difficulties, arising from pursuing a goal” and by taking advantage of opportunities that others pass by. Then, I will try to act more by holding my impulsive reactions at work and will try to reduce the amount of homework given and provide ‘more attractive lessons’.

5. Effective Communication, both oral and written: it should be clear, persuasive and it should inspire others. This can be learned.

6. Assessing and Analysing Information. How to assess the source and evaluate the content as reliable.

7. Curiosity and Imagination as a powerful driver of knowledge and innovation by empowering students, individuals, groups, communities to ask questions. According to this and the meeting with my leader a few days ago, I will try to be open to new possibilities however and towards the unknown, I have asked my leader to trust me. The job, the environment, the climate, the language, the isolation are already difficult to deal with.

The inaugural edition of the Time Higher Education University Impact Rankings included metrics based on 11 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s ranking includes measures on all 17 goals. Duncan Ross outlines what’s new for the 2020 edition of new Impact Rankings and how universities can get involved (Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, October 13, 2019). This means that it will assess universities’ work in addressing poverty, hunger, and clean energy for the first time.

Even though progress has been made in reducing the proportion of the global urban populations living in slums, still more than one billion people continue to live in poor conditions such as breathing poor-quality air and with limited access to transport and open public spaces.

As a result of this week’s sources, I have decided to challenge myself to look more deeply at the critical humanitarian soft skills with a focus on collaboration and influence. I was also happy to find out that the Portuguese language will be celebrated from now on, on the 5th of May stated by UNESCO as an ‘International World Day’ and if reasons apparently look at history and number of spoken Portuguese natives, I believe that is to due with Durao Barroso influences in the United Nations. I hope that countries such as Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and Sao Tome and Principe (LDC) will gain from this action as not much more they have to lose. Also, the work done by Durao Barroso efforts at the United Nations to address the needs of these citizens which certainly includes education as we know it is a human right and in reference to everyone can learn on social media to what refers to Amazonia issues on climate and its consequences on ethnic groups and all 240 languages spoken. It this a sad world of discrimination?

Due to my previous education and work experience as well as life experience I have developed management skills such as self-motivation, delegation, organization, problem-solving, professionalism, and communication (verbal and nonverbal) but also many technical skills, and time management. Patience…


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Ana Santos, Portugal 🇵🇹 & United Kingdom 🇬🇧

I'm a seek learner and curious teacher in constant self - improvement mode. Currently celebrating diversity, multilingualism, people, and their culture. After three years of living in Southeast Asia, and China, I'm moving to the UK to take care of my lifelong project on education: leadership and management! I dedicate this website to my boyfriend and mentor, who taught me about courage, to my 11 years old Thai student, June, from whom I learned what teaching is about, and to all my Chinese students from the Han majority and all 55 minority groups across China. May God bless your ways, in safety. A foreign language curious, human and woman, a traveler. A daydreamer!

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