‘Celebrating the World Tourism Day’

“The 2020 Global Week to Act4SDGs, on September 18-26, is a joint call to action for everyone– leaders, citizens, organizations, and institutions- to commit making this a Turning Point for People and Planet and put the Goals at the heart of their recovery plans, to use the next ten years to deliver all the Sustainable …

The ‘World Tourism Day’ is the 27th of September 2020

and I’d like to share with all my readers a fantastic online course run at Future Learn by The Global Travel & Tourism Partnership (GTTP). 

On the 27th of September, I’ll be thinking of Guinea Bissau 🇬🇼 and celebrating its huge potential to grow in the tourism sector. 

In a modern and connected world, I’d like to raise awareness and leave room for discussion on the reasons why written English and digital skills combined are important to be learned and can enhance intercultural communication. 

Intercultural communication refers to communication between people from two different cultures. (Chen & Starosta, 1998:28)

So, kindly leave a comment if you wish to take part in my little project that aims to reach only 20 people, or instead like it if you really do! 

GTTP is a charity funded by the travel and tourism industry which helps young people across the globe access the skills and experience they need for a career in the sector.” 

Each year, the GTTP supports more than 800,000 young people across 16 countries.” with English language as a medium of instruction and in my humble opinion this way enhancing intercultural communication. 

English is also used in interdisciplinary subjects and fields of research. The aim of this blog is to raise awareness of the United Nations Goals up to 2030. Whereas I support Quality Education (Goal 4) through Partnerships (Goal 17) would be a good idea to look at them all as they are inter-connected.

The 17 statement goals of the United Nations are clear and set to be achieved by 2030. The questions arise such as: 

  • Do governments want their citizens to be more international?
  • Which governments?
  • And if so, what are leaders performing to get this done?
  • Why are written English and digital skills combined important to enhance intercultural communication in a modern and connected world?

Academically, English is one of the main languages used “as a global for communication” and the aim of this short blog is to explore its benefits to enhance business in the tourism sector through partnerships such as the GTTP. 

Here is the link for the course!

This blog looks at tourism, business, science, and arts, through education.

In the 21st century desirable skills like enhancing intercultural communication and establishing partnerships towards achieving the 17 United Nations’ goals such as fighting poverty through quality education and partnerships through the medium of English language and technology. 

Is it important for everyone to learn English?

In my opinion, it is very important to learn English because I live in a country where many people are bilingual and it would take me longer to learn their second language besides English was a mandatory subject in secondary school, looking back at the 20th century together with French, German, and/or Latin but it’s up to each one of us.

Nowadays, English is still mandatory in my country and now children start learning English in primary school.

I wouldn’t say that is important to everyone though as it depends on other factors and there are other important languages such as Spanish. It is helpful to know two foreign languages at least out from those assigned from the United Nations as the official languages and they are: Arabic, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and English.

English provided me with great opportunities, allowed me to access knowledge in the United Kingdom where I’m now starting my MA Education Studies, and gave me more employable chances than I had before, and opened up better-paying opportunities internationally. I lived, worked, and traveled in Asia (several countries including China) and Europe.

With that said, learning English can be beneficial, and learning it has changed my life so I want to carry on practicing my writing skills and pass on my ideas in a more efficient way but cannot generalize. 

I however would like to add that most info is written in English and being informed is a good status! 

I’m grateful to the British Council and the University of Groningen and to all classmates and supportive lead educators at Future Learn through the pandemic period from March to May 2020. 

To sum up, English skills and digital tools combined can possibly create stronger and effective partnerships to work on the United Nations 17 goals.

In the 21st century, digital tools are a key skill and no longer should be seen as a distraction or merely used as so. Social media and networks are useful to build upon the partnership to networking though English written skills and digital skills are needed and must be used by leaders to build-up to the benefit of their communities. Indeed, a powerful tool to be integrated into the curriculum and to be used through the medium of quality education and the tourism pillars despite seasonality.

COVID-19 cross frontiers faster than the speed of wifi. Who wins the marathon?


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United Nations 🇺🇳 


English as a medium of instruction by British Council

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

Photo credit: Neet Law

“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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