Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Is U2’s Bono writing his autobiography? By Debbie McGoldrick


Is Bono planning to put pen to paper for his autobiography? Apparently the answer is yes! ... And he’s allegedly got many millions of reasons to do so.

The U2 frontman and global activist, according to the Irish Sun, “is believed to have bagged as much as €6.5million from publishers for his autobiography, which publishers promise will offer an inside view of his life and career in U2 and as a humanitarian.” No word on which publishing house nabbed the memoir…kind of strange really as Bono would be a huge get. But maybe that info will be forthcoming soon. As the world knows, Bono has a way with words. An autobiography would undoubtedly be a best-seller given the places he’s been and the people he’s dealt with as a rock star and humanitarian. The closest Bono got to putting his life story into words was in 2005, when he sat for a series of interviews for a book called Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assays. The French author, a friend of Bono’s, conducted a number of talks with Bono over several years. Bono spent time in Mexico last week at a Mexico 21st Century event. "The moral arc of the universe does not bend toward justice," he said at the gathering. "It has to be bent toward justice by people like the ones in this room, by students who go out in the streets, by people who join organizations like ONE or support (RED), or whatever it is…do not fall asleep in the comfort of your freedom." IrishCentral

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

‘We are facing a learning crisis’, UN chief warns on International Youth Day By UN News/Culture and Education

11 August 2019
Culture and Education
Schools are “not equipping young people with the skills they need to navigate the technological revolution”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned, in a message released to mark the UN’s International Youth Day.
Transforming Education is the theme for this year, which comes at a time when the world is facing a “learning crisis”, says Mr Guterres, and students need not only to learn, “but to learn how to learn”.

The UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), which is co-organising the Day alongside the UN Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), says that statistics demonstrate that significant transformations are still required to make education systems more inclusive and accessible: only 10% of people have completed upper secondary education in low income countries; 40 % of the global population is not taught in a language they speak or fully understand; and over 75 % of secondary school age refugees are out of school.

Ensuring access to inclusive and equitable education, and promoting lifelong learning, is one of the goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and International Youth Day 2019, will present examples that show how education is changing to meet modern challenges. The role of young people as champions of inclusive and accessible education is also being highlighted, as youth-led organizations are helping to transform education, through lobbying, advocacy, and partnerships with educational institutions.

“Education today should combine knowledge, life skills and critical thinking”, said Mr. Guterres. It should include information on sustainability and climate change. And it should advance gender equality, human rights and a culture of peace”.

All these elements are included in Youth 2030, the UN’s strategy to scale up global, regional and national actions to meet young people’s needs, realize their rights and tap their possibilities as agents of change. United Nations Organization