17 de jul. 2015

10 years. 10 photos. Number 2: Syamala


In January 2006 I boarded my first train in India. It was a ride from Bangalore to Anantapur. I had no reservation and that day I discovered that in India you have to book the trains well in advance, so I traveled in the unreserved compartment, which is popularly known as "general compartment". The car was packed, and the conditions were precarious, but the ride was fun. It is an experience that I remember very well. Since then I have taken many trains in India. 

That time I was going to Anantapur to visit the Fundación Vicente Ferrer and to meet for the first time the girl I was sponsoring there: Baby Syamala.
 
Reaching Anantapur and seeing the results of over 40 years of hard work of the foundation was overwhelming. Getting to personally meet Vicente Ferrer was one of the greatest experiences of my life, as I have already told in this blog, but the purpose of this post is to explain the story of the above photo.
 
One of my days in Anantapur I went to Sunampallivaripalli, the village where Syamala and her family lived. It was a remote village near the border between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. When I arrived everyone in the village came out to greet me. I spent the morning with the family of Syamala in their humble thatch-roofed house, and I was talking to them through an interpreter who spoke Telugu. It was a beautiful experience. All the village children sang and danced for me. I tooked the photo just before leaving (Syamala is the smiling girl on the left).
 
During the last ten years I have visited this family several times, we have shared many stories, and now I even know the husband and daughter of Syamala, who is already grown up!

I printed this photo when I returned to Spain that time, and it has been accompanying me until today.

15 de jul. 2015

Repensar l’educació des de principis ètics


Comparteixo aquest vídeo on Federico Mayor Zaragoza, en el marc del projecte #edupost2015, ens invita a reflexionar sobre com repensar l'educació des de principis ètics. Molt recomanable.

Val la pena veure tots els vídeos que han anat penjant en aquesta crida a la contribució catalana als objectius de l'agenda UNESCO dels propers 15 anys. Un projecte liderat per UNESCOCAT i Fundació Bofill.

6 de jul. 2015

Quality education vs Global military spending


This infographic speaks for itself. What crazy world we live in. The post-2015 scenario of global education is not very promising. So much work to do!

4 de jul. 2015

La fotografia més antiga de Girona


És emocionant veure aquesta imatge. S'ha localitzat a Dublín i és la fotografia més antiga de la ciutat de Girona (o com a mínim, la més antiga de la que es té constància). Està datada al voltant de l'any 1852, i tal com podeu apreciar, és una vista del riu Onyar, on ara hi ha el pont Eiffel. Com es veu a la fotografia, abans hi havia un altre pont força més precari.

L'autor de la fotografia és François Gobinet de Villecholes, un fotògraf francès que es va establir a Barcelona el 1849.

Diferents mitjans se n'han fet ressò. Jo he vist la notícia al Diari de Girona, a El País i a AraGirona.cat. En aquest últim han comparat les dues vistes, l'antiga i l'actual, tal com es veu a continuació.