Archivo para:septiembre, 2014

El Día del Niño (y La Niña)

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Sep 30, 2014
Tomorrow is El Día del Niño/a in El Salvador. The Day of the Child. Three years ago, just as we started planning the Santa Tecla Library (Biblioteca Infantil Tecleña: La BIT), the municipality was getting ready for the celebration of El Día del Niño. “We’ll have events in the...

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Banned Books Week

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Sep 23, 2014
"Destroying things is much easier than making them." --The Hunger Games, one of the "most challenged" books of 2013. And part of the ConTextos core collection for the 41 Turnkey Libraries being established in 2014-15. Banned Books Week is all about an end to censorship and the "fREADom" to...

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How do you say “literacy” in Spanish?

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Sep 16, 2014
Last week, September 8, was International Literacy Day. How do you translate International Literacy Day to Spanish? We can’t figure it out. Literacy, a word loaded with so many connotations. In English, it goes far beyond the traditional definition “the ability to read and write.” We talk...

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“I’m convinced”

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Sep 4, 2014
Yesterday, Lindsay and I had the pleasure of visiting Grade 6 at the Academia Británica Cuscatleca, what we call the British School. (They don’t say sixth grade.) First, we asked them what they knew about public schools in El Salvador. “No resources.” “No water.” “They get food...

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Buenos Aires

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Sep 3, 2014
I’m in Buenos Aires for a conference on Service Learning, presenting the Babayan Story Project, an initiative ConTextos’ has helped launch with Harvard Professor Kiku Adatto. I attended the conference sporadically—just a couple of presentations. And was impressed but not surprised that...

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