Two quotes for this 5th UNESCO International Day of Education:
“No country in the world should bar women and girls from receiving an education,”
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world,”
Malala Yousafzai, UN Messenger of Peace and Nobel laureate.
The day has been dedicated by UNESCO to all the girls and women in Afghanistan, who have been denied their right to learn, study and teach. The Organization condemns this serious attack on human dignity and on the fundamental right to education.
Standing with Ukraine and the Women of Iran today and every day.
Where our thoughts are today and everyday 💙💛
Welcome to the first day of fall from the Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver
On this Labor Day our healthcare and frontline heroes deserve our everlasting gratitude not the hate, vitriol and ignorance of this miserable rabble of unworthy citizenry. Free speech is one thing but protesting our precious healthcare workers outside their places of work is simply unacceptable. These heartbreaking words from one of our nurse heroes say it all.
There have been so many iconic Olympic moments over the years, and they have all been joined today by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah after her stunning Gold Medal win in the women’s 100 meters as she realizes she has broken Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33 year old record by 0.01 seconds with a new Olympic record of 10.61.
With the silver and bronze medals won by her teammates Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Sherika Jackson this year’s new Olympic motto could not be more meaningful:
Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together.
On a day that the deaths of 59 children, often dying together with their parents and siblings buried in the rubble of the only homes they have ever known, a day that their deaths have been described as “unfortunate” and considered collateral damage, one cannot help feeling a sense of helplessness and despair. Six-year-old Suzy Eshkuntana was one of those children, trapped for seven hours before being rescued today after an attack that killed her mother and four siblings who were with her in their family home that was destroyed around them. To celebrate her young life being saved, and in memory of the family she has lost I have decided to take some time out to create a painting in their honor. I hope when I return this tragic time in our shared history will be close to being resolved for all parties. Know of course that my thoughts will continue to be always with all those families and especially the children suffering such pain and loss so far away.
The reunions of Mino and his brother Erick with their mother Keldy Mabel Gonzales Brebe, and Bryan Chavez with his mother Sandra Ortiz, all separated so cruelly in the fall of 2017, are moments for which there are no words but simply feelings of joy and relief for them all.
So many more families must be reunited but these happy reunions are moments for celebration.
The best moment of any day is when I am able to read to our beautiful grandchildren.
Happy World Book Day