I participated in many conferences around the world but I found Wheelock Conference unique since its kick off.
The opening panel of the conference celebrated art as a window and a mirror to the world. Ellie Friedland, the associate professor on Early Childhood Education at Wheelock College, stated that every act is a political statement, “starting this conference with an Art Panel is political.” The panelists discussed arts’ integration between praxis and critical consciousness, multiple intelligence by Howard Gardner, performance in scenes and monologue, connecting art to science and maths, theatre as a different place from school and teachers’ engagement and passion. They all emphasized training the awareness and interpersonal creativity of the child. John Bay drew a conclusion after an exercise he shared with the audience, that “we need a mixture of the strange and the familiar because too strange is scary and too familiar is boring.” He also did another exercise on the geometry of the conversation by playing with angles, tones and mathematical elements while keeping the same language. Seet Fun Wong, an art teacher in Singapore, shared her experience of the use of museums and galleries for children’s learning. “Children are shy to express themselves because they’re afraid to make mistakes,” she says. Owusu, on the other hand, brought the role of digital media into the discussion by questioning digital immigrants versus digital natives and the need to media literacy education in the learning to empower the students. She also called on the shift in the use of media consciously and mindfully. Lavina Chong, the founder and director of Our Music Classroom Pte Ltd, Singapore, explained the steady beat as a learning behavior. She stressed the benefits of steady beat for children which help them develop observation skills, concentration, active listening, discipline, non-violence, memorization, control of the movement over period of time repeatedly and consistently, “which is all you need to make a child successful personally and academically,” as she expressed.
The conversation was extremely interesting and I eventually asked a question of the panel. “How can we use art for children in conflict zones for healing without engendering an opposite outcome of depression, memories and isolation?” Ellie reacted, in fact, to my question by stating that “we are the facilitators to make the environment safe, not the participants safe, by using appropriate methods to make them heal. As leaders we have to take responsibility of the group and ensure their self-expression and we should sometimes pause and listen”
The overall consensus of the panel through different artistic expression was that “to lead a human being to master himself and his relationship is to educate him.”
During the afternoon, the panelists translated their words into practical workshops of Drama, Music and Media. The observation I could make during these workshops can be summed up into three main points; the very creative dynamics created during these workshops, the age and intergenerational dialogue, and, the diversity and multicultural learning environment. I guess the pictures can speak for themselves.
Generally perceived as working to inform and enlighten public opinion, media, in western democracies, can also be a propagandistic rhetoric, manipulated by political power.
The media is a communication power that could transform the whole society. Media has an incredible degree of influence with respect to shaping thought .This strength can be used constructively by educating people or destructively by misleading them. The West keeps criticizing the media controlled by dictatorships but what about media in democratic societies? How the media should influence the political climate and democratic process in Western democracies and are the media used by the state as propaganda arms in the West? It seems that the supposed role of the media has not been accomplished, even in western democracies, because of state media control. Accordingly, media's power declines as a democracy becomes more established.
The last two decades have seen an unprecedented spread of democracy around the globe. …
بسمي وبسم عائلتي- عائلة المرحوم محمد الناصر الشابي
بالدهماني -هذا تكذيب لكل ما نشر في وسائل الإعلام عن حادثة مستشفى جهوي بالكاف لوفاة عمي رد على مقال اقتحام قسم الاستعجالي
بالمستشفى الجهوي بالكاف رسالة مفتوحة إلى السيد وزير الصحة
العمومية و السيد وزير الداخلية
Walking in the street, I was called "ibrony" in Ghana and "Muzungu" in Kenya which means "white". I didn't take it seriously when I interacted with people. I would just smile! but deep inside for the first time I felt segregated because of my skin color especially that I see myself Black but maybe I look White. I see myself black just because people think African means black. I then thought about our racism in Tunisia...how someone would feel to be called "black" in a predominately "White" society as I felt being called "White" in predominately "black" societies. Very Complex Indeed!! I realized how racist and inappropriate are the expressions we use comfortably in Tunisian dialect of the word "black" like "kahloush", "ousif" or "abeed"... also how racist to internationally call a part of the world "Black Africa", "L'Afrique Noire"? so when will we …
Following the departure of the
former president Ben Ali, Tunisia has entered an emergency situation. A
few days after he left, we started hearing about rape, kidnapping and
violence against girls and women. More than two years after Tunisia’s
revolt, the violence has only intensified and the violations have
reached young girls more than adults.
The picture is as simple as
the dream of any Tunisian child to pursue an education. Yet, it also
holds sadness, fatigue and fear. The girl is not only striving for a
dream but also combatting poverty; a situation that even the revolution
did not change for her. She has the same old board to write on with
chalk, living in the same tiny house with her family and receiving the
same way of teaching. She might not know yet her rights for a decent
life, education and job but she only knows that she has to go to school
to fulfill her dream.
we have usually been asked, “what would you like to be when you grow
up?” the mo…