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New York/Canadian-Media: The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan 27, usually a moment of reflection was observed by United States (US) Holocaust Memorial Museum after reimagining it as a transatlantic digital commemoration.
US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Image credit: Wikipedia
Located among our national monuments to freedom on the National Mall at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington DC, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is a living memorial to the Holocaust, and inspires worldwide citizens and leaders to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.
The Museum provides a powerful lesson in the freedom, progress, and the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values against the dangers of unchecked hatred and the need to prevent genocide and encourage them to cultivate a sense of moral responsibility among our citizens.
Since 1982, the Museum has organized and led the national Days of Remembrance ceremony in the US Capitol with Holocaust survivors, liberators, members of Congress, White House officials, the diplomatic corps, and community leaders in attendance.
This year the museum observed the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan 27, customarily.
The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Jan 27 was designated by the UN General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day and UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.
Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, also today issued the following statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day:
“Today, I join Canadians in paying tribute to the over six million Jews who were murdered and the countless other victims who suffered under the heinous crimes perpetrated by the Nazi regime. The pain and loss endured during the Shoah will never be forgotten.
We also honour the survivors whose stories and memories paint a vivid portrayal of suffering, courage, and hope in the face of such despicable acts...Through the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, adopted as part of our government’s Anti-Racism Strategy, Canada is equipped with the tools and resources needed to combat antisemitic attitudes and Holocaust denial...Only through effective education, research, and remembrance can we foster a society free of prejudice and discrimination.
In November, I appointed the Honourable Irwin Cotler as Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism...“Learning from our past is key to building a more inclusive future.
On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I encourage Canadians to remember the victims, survivors, and heroes who bore witness to the Shoah. Together, we will vow ‘Never Again’.”
#UN; #InternationalDayOfEducation; #Covid19Pandemic
New York/Canadian-Media: To mark the third International Day of Education on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres paid tribute to the resilience of students, teachers, and families in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic that, at its peak, forced almost every school, institute, and university to close its doors.
A teacher and her students practice COVID-19 school re-opening guidelines by wearing face masks and maintaining physical distance at a primary school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Image credit: © UNICEF/Seng
“When education is interrupted, it affects everyone”, he said, and “all of us pay the price”, stressing that education is the foundation for expanding opportunities, transforming economies, fighting intolerance, protecting our planet, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Although this disruption has led to learning innovations, he said, it has also dashed hopes of a brighter future among vulnerable populations.
Avert generational catastrophe
With that in mind, the UN chief said that as the world continues to battle the pandemic, education – as a fundamental right and a global public good – must be protected to avert a generational catastrophe.
Even before the pandemic, some 258 million children and adolescents were out of school, the majority of the girls. Indeed, more than half of 10-year-olds in low and middle-income countries were not learning to read a simple text.
“In 2021, we must seize all opportunities to turn this situation around. We must ensure the full replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education fund, and strengthen global education cooperation”, the Secretary-General explained.
“We must also step up our efforts to reimagine education – training teachers, bridging the digital divide and rethinking curricula to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to flourish in our rapidly changing world”, he said, adding: “Let us commit to promoting education for all — today and every day.”
Struggling at home
Volkan Bozkir, the President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, commended all teachers, who have adapted their classrooms and undertaken remote lessons in order to ensure continuity in education. He also applauded parents, who have done their utmost to facilitate learning at home.
“Above all, I am thinking of all students around the world who are struggling to learn at home, perhaps missing their friends, feeling frustrated or despondent about the future. Do not despair. You will get through this difficult period and you will pursue your dreams”, the Assembly President said in a video message.
He said that it is up to the UN Member States to ensure this becomes a reality.
“We need to take urgent action in this Decade of Action and Delivery to invest in our education systems, including improving access to technology so that we can recover from this tumultuous period”, Assembly President Bozkir said.
He explained that if the UN and wider international community are to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all, “we need to build resilient, inclusive education systems that allow all students to return to school.”
“To do so, we must meet the needs of those at risk of being left behind. Including children with disabilities and those living in conflict-affected areas, as well as the 11 million girls who are at risk of not re-entering the classroom.
‘Recover and Revitalize Education’
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will co-host an event on Monday, 25 January, planned around three main segments: learning heroes, innovations, and financing.
The agency says that as a new year begins, now is the time to step up collaboration and international solidarity to place education and lifelong learning at the center of the recovery and the transformation towards more inclusive, safe, and sustainable societies.
In a concept note on the event, UNESCO says it is time to invest in better gearing education systems everywhere to the reality of interdependence that the pandemic has made necessary, and to making education a vehicle to foster social justice, peace, respect for diversity, human rights and democratic values.
#MuseumoftheAmericanRevolution, #MartinLutherKingJrDay2021; #Jan18; #GoogleDoodle; #InpersonAndVirtualProgramming; #FindingFreedomWebsite; #PhiladelphiaJazzProject
Washington/Canadian-Media: Born in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed every year across the United States on the third Monday of January which this year falls on Jan 18, near King's Jan. 15 birthday, to honor the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader, preacher and advocate for nonviolent social change.
Martin Luther King Jr. Image credit: Wikipedia
Since the mid-1980s, the third Monday in January has been set aside as a day of service and community to pay homage to Doctor Martin Luther King Jr., and to commit ourselves to move forward with the work he began before his life was cut short by an assassin’s bullet in April of 1968.
Located in Philadelphia, the Museum of the American Revolution (MAR), uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government.
On Jan 18 MAR observed Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day 2021 on Jan 18 with unsung patriots from the past.
Museum of the American Revolution. Image credit: www.amrevmuseum.org
Around the United States MLK day is celebrated every year on the 3rd Monday of Jan, which this year falls on Jan 18.
The life, service, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was honored by the museum over the course of MLK Weekend through many of his speeches and writings powerfully invoking the words and messages of the American Revolution and in speaking out against racism.
The visitors were able to discover the ongoing legacy of the American Revolution and learn what it takes to change the world as the Museum honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Day of Service.
During the tour of the museum various household objects that may have been used by Ona Judge, a woman enslaved to the family of George Washington were displayed.
Ona Judge. Image credit: amazon.com
Judge's story is one of several that are being highlighted by the museum in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Monday, January 18.
Both in-person and virtual programming were offered by the museum throughout this weekend, to share the perspectives of unsung revolutionaries from the past.
Educators on the standby presented visitors with pop-up talks about the enslaved people of African descent in Virginia. Visitors also learned about figures like Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman, the first enslaved African-American to emerge victorious from a judicial freedom suit in Massachusetts.
The museum provided another way to offer some informal learning for not only students, who are unable to go to their classrooms but also for adults and families.
A special performance by the Philadelphia Jazz Project, dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. was streamed by the museum on Monday morning.
In collaboration with the Museum of the American Revolution and PhillyCAM, a remarkable virtual experience was developed by the Philadelphia Jazz Project pulling together video footage from the two concerts as well as commentary from the performers and other contributors to depict Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring impact on the struggle for human rights and ongoing American Revolution.
The We Shall: A Lyrical MLK Celebration performances utilize brief excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches and sermons as inspiration and a combination of gospel, jazz, and blues music to explore the inner workings of a mind and body in struggle.
Dr. Luther King powerfully invoked the words and messages of the American Revolution in his calls for civil and economic rights while speaking out against racism throughout many of his speeches and writings.
Virtual programming was provided for those who are unable to attend in-person by the Museum of the American Revolution.
The digital 'Finding Freedom', with its interactive feature and equipped with a selection of primary sources exhibit allows visitors to explore history and the stories of African American men and women in war-torn Virginia on their computer screens, told through research-based first-person narratives.
Image credit: www.amrevmuseum.org
This year, Google is joining in the celebration with a homepage Doodle depicting the past and present fights against racial injustice.
Today’s Google Doodle depicting the past and present effect of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and actions was created by Pittsburgh-based guest illustrator Noa Denmon.
On the left side, a monochromatic view of adults and children alike are seen listening to a speech meant to be depicting Dr. King.
Meanwhile, a group of painters collaborating on a colorful mural that represents unity can be seen on the right side of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Doodle.
All of the painters are wearing face masks to appropriately depict our current times.
Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021 by Google Doodle. Image credit: Google Doodle website
US National Religious Freedom Day today is a commitment to advancing religious freedom around the world
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US/Canadian-Media: Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of US Department of said that today, the United States (US) commemorates National Religious Freedom Day.
United States National Religious Freedom Day. Image credit: Unsplash
On this day, more than 230 years ago, Thomas Jefferson penned the landmark legislation of Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, embodying freedom of religion or belief in the First Amendment of the Constitution and Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Image credit: Wikipedia
On this day the US reaffirms its commitment to advancing religious freedom around the world, including ensuring the right of every person to exercise their freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; change their beliefs; worship alone or in community; and teach their beliefs.
The US understands that nation flourishes when individuals can exercise their freedom of religion or belief which needs to be protected by the government and not to propagate a particular religious ideology.
On National Religious Freedom Day, the US renews its resolve to champion religious freedom as America’s first freedom and a universal human right around world.