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Since 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has spoken to all walks of life: planting charts for those who grow their own food; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; Moon- and sunrise times for those who watch the skies; and forecasts for those who don’t like the question of weather, left up in the air. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is North America’s most popular reference guide and oldest continuously published periodical. Its history is as rich and diverse as the Almanac itself. Under the guiding hand of its first editor, Robert B. Thomas, the premier issue of The Old Farmer’s Almanac was published in 1792 during George Washington’s first term as president. Although many other almanacs were being published at that time, Thomas’s upstart almanac became an immediate success. In fact, by the second year, circulation had tripled from 3,000 to 9,000. Back then, the Almanac cost only six pence (about nine cents). Thomas’s last edition, in 1846, was not much different from his first, over 50 years earlier. However, in that time he established The Old Farmer’s Almanac as America’s leading periodical by outselling and outlasting the competition. He died in 1846 at the age of 80, supposedly reading page proofs for the 1847 edition. An almanac, by definition, records and predicts astronomical events (the rising and setting of the Sun, for instance), tides, weather, and other phenomena with respect to time. So, what made The Old Farmer’s Almanac different from the others? Since his format wasn’t novel, it can only be surmised that Thomas’s astronomical and weather predictions were more accurate, the advice more useful, and the features more entertaining. Based on his observations, Thomas used a complex series of natural cycles to devise a secret weather forecasting formula, which brought uncannily accurate results, traditionally said to be 80 percent accurate. (Even today, his formula is kept safely tucked away in a black tin box at the Almanac offices in Dublin, New Hampshire.) The Old Farmer’s Almanac is the oldest almanac in the country—started when George Washington was president. And we’re also proud to say that it’s still made in the U.S.A., which seems to be a rare claim these days. A new edition comes out every year by early September. You’ll start to see it climb in the non-fiction best-seller list until it’s #1 in the Boston Globe and other newspapers. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is the best-selling annual periodical in North America—sold coast-to-coast in the U.S. and Canada. The latest edition can be found wherever magazines and books are sold, from local bookstores to Amazon to our own Web store. If you look back at archive editions of The Old Farmer’s Almanac (see below), you’ll see that this small book with its yellowish cover hasn’t changed much. The words of the Almanac’s founder, Robert B. Thomas, guide us still: “Our main endeavour is to be useful, but with a pleasant degree of humour.” Each edition calculates the tides and times for fishermen, travellers, sailors, bookkeepers, beekeepers, gardeners, prognosticators, pollsters, politician, cooks, and really anyone who walks this Earth, including farmers. There are useful tools—sunrise and sunset times, weather predictions, planting calendars, Moon phase dates, and reference tables. But that’s not all. This almanac is also an annual treasury of facts, trivia, notions, puzzles, pleasantries and amusements, poems, and just about anything and everything. You’ll also find the unexpected, such as stories about “How to Hypnotize a Chicken” and “How Not to Rob a Bank.” It’s hard to really capture what The Old Farmer’s Almanac is all about. Life as we know it, past to present? The cycles of the seasons? Perhaps it’s best captured in the words of others. Here is a magazine article that seems to truly capture the essence of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. In recent years, we’ve expanded The Old Farmer’s Almanac line of products—always with an eye on Mr. Thomas’s wise words about keeping things fun and practical—so that now we produce annual calendars, gardening magazines and books, cookbooks, an Almanac for Kids, and even a digital monthly magazine. In 2016, The Old Farmer’s Almanac celebrated its 225th anniversary.

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Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has been doing most of his life. Bill discovered that he had a talent for tutoring in high school. While growing up in Washington, DC in the 1970s, he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying maths for his fellow students. When he wasn’t hitting the books, Bill was hitting the road on his bicycle. He spent hours taking it apart to “see how it worked.” Now, he commutes by bike in both Los Angeles and New York. Bill’s fascination with how bicycles, airplanes and other things work led him to Cornell University and a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1977. Soon after, Boeing recruited him as an engineer, so he went to Seattle. The U.S. Department of Justice also recruited Bill for his unique technical expertise and pedagogical skills. It was in Seattle that Bill began to combine his love of science with his flair for comedy, when he won the Steve Martin look-alike contest and developed dual careers as an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill quit his engineering day job and made the transition to a night job as a comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live” in 1986. This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central, originating at KING–TV, Seattle’s NBC affiliate. With fellow KING–TV alumni Jim McKenna and Erren Gottlieb, Bill made a number of award–winning shows, including the show he became so well known for, Bill Nye the Science Guy. While working on the Science Guy show from 1992-1998, Bill won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing. The show won 18 Emmys in five years. To commemorate the series, the Bill Nye The Science Guy original lab coat is on display at the “T is for Television” exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Bill has written eight kids’ books which weave real-world science in a fun accessible way for a range of ages from elementary to middle school. Along with big picture thinking about global issues, Bill remains involved in a good-natured rivalry with his neighbour, actor and fellow environmentalist, Ed Begley. They compete to see who can save the most energy and produce the smallest carbon footprint. Bill has 4,000 watts of solar power and a solar-boosted hot water system. There’s also the low water use garden and underground watering system. After joining as a Charter Member in 1980, Bill is now the CEO of the Planetary Society, the world’s largest space-interest group. Under his leadership, the non-for-profit Society is growing and becoming more influential having members in 130 countries. Cofounded by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman, the organization’s mission is to empower the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration. Space exploration brings out the best in us, because we solve problems that have never been solved before. “If we were to discover evidence of life on another world such as Mars or Jupiter’s moon Europa, it would utterly change this world. People everywhere would think hard about what it means to be a living thing and our responsibilities as stewards of our unique planetary home,” Bill says. His engineering and management experience enabled him to take the lead and play a hands-on role in making programs like LightSail2® a success. Bill is very proud of the MarsDials, three sundials mounted on the robotic rovers exploring Mars. Along with calibrating the cameras and reckoning the Sun’s position in the martian sky, these small instruments are fitted with the only message to the future carried on spacecraft since the Voyager missions launched almost 40 years ago: “To those who visit here, we wish a safe journey and the joy of discovery.” Bill says, “This is the essence of the scientific enterprise, the Joy of Discovery. That’s what the process of science is all about.” In 2017, Bill was a co-chair in the inaugural March for Science, a series of rallies and marches held in Washington, D.C., and more than 600 other cities across the world on Earth Day. The goal of the March is to celebrate science and the role it plays in everyday lives and to encourage evidence-based policy in the public's best interest. The global attendance of the movement was a total of 1.07 million participants. In the same year, Bill was the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Bill Nye: Science Guy which premiered at SXSW. The documentary focuses on Bill’s life and his mission to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The film was a Documentary Spotlight at SXSW Film Festival and an official selection at HotDocs, Los Angeles Film Festival, and AFI Docs. The film opened theatrically in October 2017 and will be airing on PBS. Bill returned to television with the release of his new series Bill Nye Saves The World which debuted on Netflix in April 2017. On the show, Bill explores various problems and misconceptions from a scientific point of view, refuting myths and claims that rebuke science. Episodes feature lively panel discussions from a wide range of special correspondents, including space exploration advocate Emily Calandrelli, model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss and comic Nazeem Hussain. After its freshman season, the show received two Creative Arts Emmy Award nominations. Bill still visits Cornell regularly. From 2001 to 2005, he served as a Professor as part of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Visiting Professorship. As a thankful alumnus and as a tribute to his parents and their strong belief in the value of education, Bill designed and funded a 4-meter (12 foot) diameter clock installed on Rhodes Hall at Cornell in 2012. Bill, the inventor, has a few unusual patents – an improved toe shoe for ballerinas, a device to ease the motion of picking up baseballs, a magnifier made of water, and an abacus that does arithmetic like a computer – with only binary numbers. Along with his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell, Bill joined his astronomy professor Carl Sagan when he was elected the American Humanist Association’s Humanist of the Year in 2010. He was also the honoured by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers with the Ralph Coates Roe Medal in 2012.Bill holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from six universities: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Quinnipiac University, Willamette University, and Lehigh University. He has delivered commencement addresses at most of these schools along with the University of California Santa Barbara, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Harvey Mudd College, and Caltech. Bill currently speaks at colleges regularly and discusses a variety of topical science matters on news and television programs such as ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, TODAY, CBS This Morning, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and more. He fights to raise awareness of climate change and the value of critical thinking, science, and reason. Through all his work, Bill hopes to inspire people everywhere to change the world.

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Mumsnet is the world's biggest online forum for mothers, a one-stop shop for everything you need to know for pregnancy and beyond. Alongside its discussion forums, where parents exchange advice and opinions, it’s also home to blogs, guides, product reviews, recipes, local information, competitions, a book club - and much more. Mumsnet was conceived in early 2000 when Justine Roberts embarked on a disastrous family holiday. Her idea was to create a website where parents could swap advice about not just holidays, but all the other stuff parents talk about. Twenty years later, and who'd have thought it would come to this? Mumsnet is now the UK’s biggest network for parents, with around 7 million unique visitors per month, clocking up around 100 million page views. Mumsnet aims is to make parents' lives easier by pooling knowledge, advice and support. They try, as far as possible, to let the conversation flow and not to over-moderate. Mumsnet is a site for grown-ups.

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Parlo Spagnolo è il progetto di Fiorella Dávila, una docente madrelingua spagnola con 10 anni di esperienza. Con lezione sia presenziale che online, la sua metodologia e la dinamica che utilizza Fiorella si adattano al tipo di studente o gruppo che ha davanti. Parlo Spagnolo si caratterizza per avere un approccio dinamico e divertente, per cui Fiorella sempre cerca la maniera d’insegnare attraverso le attività creative, tra cui dedica gran parte del suo tempo al suo corso: “Spagnolo artistico”, un corso dedicato a i bambini dove possono imparare la lingua allo stesso tempo che sviluppano le loro capacità artistiche. In quanto riguarda a i ragazzi e gli adulti, Fiorella svolge il suo lavoro in modo preciso e divertente allo steso tempo, per fare apprendere lo spagnolo con facilità, anche nei suoi aspetti più ostici. Il forte di tutti corsi che Fiorella organizza in Parlo Spagnolo è la comunicazione orale e l’interazione nell’aula. Lei si occupa personalmente dell’organizzazione dei corsi, la creazione del programma e delle dispense. Fiorella sempre fa la docenza della lingua spagnola abbinando i contenuti grammaticali alle risorse culturali e funzionali. Fiorella gestisce gruppi e individui in maniera presenziale e online nei livelli A1-A2-B1-B2 con un metodo non tradizionale d’insegnamento. La sua insegnante Fiorella, cerca di capire le esigenze degli studenti per offrire un insegnamento che raggiunga ogni persona utilizzando ogni fonte disponibile, dai testi, video, musica, le arti in tutte le sue sfumature fino alle tecniche moderne d’insegnamento di lingue straniere. Anche Utilizza delle TIC. In Parlo Spagnolo puoi sentire il piacere d’imparare un qualcosa che ti servirà per la vita: lo spagnolo Fiorella ti offre la sua esperienza perché le lingue si imparano parlando. È questo il principio base del suo metodo, comunicare dal primo momento attraverso il dialogo di un rapporto costante, motivando la tua capacità di apprendimento e di partecipazione. Senza trascurare la grammatica, la didattica è principalmente orientata alla conversazione, per fornire le competenze attive e passive necessarie a svolgere nelle proprie mansioni in contesti scolastici e professionali internazionali. I corsi in Parlo Spagnolo sono personalizzati cioè fatti su misura, in questo modo ti consentirà d’intraprendere lo studio di una lingua straniera ottenendo il massimo dei risultati nelle tempistiche che insieme ti invita a pianificare. Per saperne di più puoi contattare a Fiorella per un colloquio conoscitivo, lei è sicura che potrà aiutarti nel prendere la strada che ti aprirà le porte di un mondo nuovo: El mundo del español.

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Valenture Institute partners with the world’s leading education institutions to evolve what it means to ‘go’ to school, by transforming physical limitations into digital possibilities. Their mission is to create new opportunities for students to choose an aspirational online learning experience by offering fully-supported online high school programmes and pre-college certificates. As a social enterprise, Valenture Institute is also committed to levelling the playing field and increasing access for all students through free curriculum offerings, extensive scholarship programs and blended learning micro schools in underprivileged communities. Valenture Institute was founded in 2019 with a mission to create aspirational learning opportunities for high school students. They believe that students should open the doors they choose, not the ones they are forced to. They empower their school and university partners with the tools to set their students up for success as they navigate the arc of school, university and life. Informed by the science of online learning, Valenture Institute brings a depth of expertise in learning design, robust learning technology, sophisticated learning analytics and excellent support services to enable their partner schools to make an impact and meet student outcomes at scale. They’re a team of mothers, fathers, dreamers, innovators, and believers. They don’t just believe in a brighter future; they believe in doing everything they can to make it happen. Valenture Institute Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) is to educate 100,000 students by 2028 through expanding aspirational education opportunities for high school students across the globe. They don’t see values as mantras written on walls or housed in documents, only to be referred to on an annual basis. Their values represent who they are. They are the shared collective principles that they use to engage with one another and, ultimately, to achieve their goals. Their values live in their daily conversations, in their meetings and in their work. They represent the points of coaching, and the hard lines in the sand.

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Founded in 1941, West Music’s mission to "encourage people of all ages and abilities to: Play now. Play for life." is at the root of its success and continued growth. West Music has several retail locations in eastern Iowa and one in western Illinois. Our brick and mortar retail locations specialize in pianos, guitars, drums and percussion, band and orchestra instruments, and print music. These locations also offers music instruction, repair and music therapy services. In addition to its retail locations, West Music publishes an annual catalog focused on music education products for the classroom. Paired with its e-commerce presence, West Music continues to strive to provide the best possible music education experience for both educators and students nationwide. West Music’s founder, Pearl West, was born in 1914 to a very musical family. When the Great Depression impacted farming, the family turned to playing music to survive. Pearl toured and played throughout southern Iowa and northern Missouri in his youth. In 1977 West Music was awarded the exclusive distribution rights of Miyazawa Flutes from Japan to the United States; the original relationship with Miyazawa began primarily thanks to Pearl’s expertise in flute design and production. A new division of West Music, Miyazawa Flutes USA, was established to distribute this outstanding professional flute on a national level. Pearl discontinued the limited production of P.L. West flutes, and all flute manufacturing was transferred to Japan. Steve West’s passion for elementary music education led to the formation of the West Music Music Education Catalog Department in 1980. What began as a 12-page black-and-white catalog evolved into the current full color, 200-plus page catalog that is sent to elementary schools, universities, and churches throughout the United States and abroad. In 1984, West Music expanded operations to Cedar Rapids. In 1988, Westco, a separate import/export wholesale company was created to help establish a dealer organization on a national level. In addition to the importation of flutes from Japan, West Music and Westco began importing and distributing professional piccolos from Germany, guitars from Spain, percussion instruments from Mexico, China, and Germany, and ethnic instruments from Africa. Westco was expanded with the launch of a new website and catalog in 2011. Westco Educational Products is dedicated to providing quality, safe, and affordable musical and movement products designed to encourage and enhance a fun education experience. 1995 saw the beginning of West Music Music Therapy Services, a division of West Music focused on using music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. A strong partnership with the University of Iowa Music Therapy program allowed West Music to develop a program that has expanded to 14 therapists. This program has also further fulfilled West Music’s mission of encouraging people of all ages and abilities to play now, play for life. The West Music website launch in 1996 coincided with extensive technology upgrades, linking stores together online and enhancing efficiency and communication. West Music continued to expand with the establishment of Percussion Source in 1996, providing products for symphonic and concert percussionists nationwide. In 2005, utilizing experiences in early childhood education, West Music introduced a new line of children’s exploratory instruments, Sounds Like Fun. In 2006, a 40,000-square foot fulfillment center was built in west Coralville. The fulfillment center has been a major pillar in the continued growth and development of West Music’s local, national, and international business, providing a central hub where West Music can continue to offer customers enhanced care and delivery service. 2006 also saw further emphasis on branding and customer experience, with many of the regional stores remodeling to reflect West Music’s focus on customers experiencing the power of making music. Over the years, West Music has expanded to include virtually all types of musical instruments, including pianos and keyboards, band and orchestra instruments, guitars and amplifiers, drums and percussion, software, elementary general music materials, early childhood instruments, and music therapy products. West Music is also proud to provide a full array of services with repair technicians, delivery crew, music therapists, lesson teachers, school music representatives, classroom consultants, and customer service consultants, in addition to the sales and administrative staff.

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The Kids First SA team is made up of a group of highly experienced professionals. They are constantly learning from each other and believe that through collaborative practice and sharing knowledge, ideas and skills they will be able to offer schools and families a service that is truly integrated and most importantly, they hope, effective. The Kids First Centre in Pinelands, South Africa is a multidisciplinary centre offering Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Educational Psychology, Physiotherapy, Play Therapy, Dyslexia Support, Dietetics and a lot more! Their philosophy at Kids First is that a child’s best interests are at the heart of every decision. With this being the fabric of their Centre, they believe everything else will fall into place. At Kids First, they have a multidisciplinary team (MDT) using an interdisciplinary approach. This means that each professional brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, which they can all 'tap' in to in order to benefit their clients. At Kids First, they believe that a Team Around the Child (TAC) is key to effective intervention and support. This ‘Team’ includes family/friends, professionals and teachers/staff, all of whom play an important role in helping a child reach his/her full potential. When you come to Kids First for support, you can expect to be engaged in therapy, and they will up-skill you so that you feel confident to help your own child. You can also expect them to engage with your child’s teacher / key staff members so that they are aware of what they’re doing and can integrate strategies in a more natural context. They believe that listening to and working with parents helps facilitate progress. Therefore, when your child enters Kids First, they will want to support you to understand how you can help your child at home. They provide you with simple and fun activities to incorporate into your daily routines. All interventions and approaches adopted by Kids First will be research and evidenced-based, a founding principle of their UK Company Words First Ltd. There are many ‘interventions’ out there that claim to do miraculous things for children, but many of these are not based on scientific research and lack the evidence to substantiate the claims. Their role is to sift through the wealth of information out there and to select interventions that are well researched with excellent evidence bases. To do this, they tap into the expertise of many international approaches and rely on the interventions they know work in the UK. Their only goal is to support your child to reach his / her potential. Many children do not require ongoing therapy for years – after accurate identification of the underlying cause, they may just require a shorter burst of intervention. At the Kids First Centre SA, they use a range of standardized and informal assessments and observations to unpick your child's strengths and weaknesses. They believe that the assessment phase is vital in helping them to understand your child's unique profile and guide their intervention. Through a detailed assessment, their therapists can deliver deficit-sensitive therapy (that means, therapy that matches the underlying cause of the difficulties.

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Wordworks is a South African non-profit organisation that focuses on early language and literacy development in the first eight years of children’s lives. Since 2005 they have worked in under-resourced communities with adults best positioned to positively impact young children’s language and literacy development – parents and caregivers, family and community members, home-visitors, early childhood development practitioners and Grade R to Grade 3 teachers. They are working collaboratively to grow an informed, capable, resourced and motivated network of schools, organisations and institutions that promote the importance of, and work effectively for the improvement of, children’s early language and literacy, through their association with their programmes and materials. Wordworks offers training, resources and support for partners who wish to use their early language and literacy programmes in their own networks. Their programmes all include messaging about the importance of language for literacy development and the need to build children’s home language in the early years as a foundation for the acquisition of a second language. They advocate for children to have access to multilingual, language rich stories and books, as well as meaningful experiences with print. They also know that letter-sound knowledge and phonological awareness are key predictors of whether children learn to read and write, and have developed resources and guidelines to support these important foundations for literacy. Their programmes are based on an emergent literacy perspective and the idea that learning to read and write is a process that happens over time in the context of supportive and responsive relationships. They offer five main programmes, which are used by their network of partners which include preschools, schools, libraries, community organisations, training and resource NGOs, tertiary institutions, education districts and other government departments. Programmes are sustained through ongoing relationships with Wordworks, including refresher training and events, input and guidance, access to resources and opportunities, sharing of learning, and support for programme monitoring and evaluation. They develop, produce and distribute innovative, high quality multilingual materials to support early language and literacy learning. They invest in public education and advocacy, sharing knowledge and ideas to open doors for all children.

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The programme was established in 2019 and is currently based primarily in Koutaya, Dubreka (Republic of Guinea). The scheme has been devised specifically to advance child education by providing primary schooling and learning resources to children in areas with reduced opportunities or where significant shortfalls have been identified. The vision is to embed the URBOND philosophy of ‘building bigger, stronger communities together’ on an international scale by involving the charity’s participants in the UK in the organisations work in Africa. The impact that the charity and its participants are having in the Republic of Guinea is just the beginning of what can be achieved by bringing people together to form stronger communities.

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I am a Zambian born, comes from a family of 8 and the youngest of the Mwila’s. My siblings always thought I was spoilt because I was the youngest, but I don’t think so! I was born in a town called Mufulira on the Copper belt side of Zambia in 1981,the Copper belt province is rich with mineral finds and Mines, hence the name. I am Married to Eric and we have a beautiful daughter called Chanda, she is 15 years. I completed my matric in 1999 and my mother advised me to study food production since I loved cooking, I did it for her though it was a course that I never dreamt of studying. I graduated successfully and worked for 2 years as a chef, got tired of cooking, I dodged that career and went into studying computers, worked as a receptionist and studied Human resources at the same time and obtained a diploma. I worked for a courier company as a Human Resources assistant. In 2012, I moved to South Africa, Cape Town when I got married, joined a Mobile Money company called Zoona with operations in Zambia, and I worked there for 5 years as a support agent. Zoona is an African Fintech company founded in 2009 with the vision of helping communities thrive. Since launching, it created over 2,500 jobs in Zambia and Malawi, empowered over 1,000 entrepreneurs to start their own business and allowed them to reach earnings of over $10 million. I enjoyed working for this company because we really helped girl child prevail. Apart from the above, I am a lover of interior designing, and my wish is to have one of the most successful Interior business one day, through my passion for interior, I designed my sister’s Kitchen area, how amazing!!! I love cooking and baking (especially Cake pops), they are my favorites!!! I love adventure, gardening and working out too, I am a gym freak. Most importantly, I love spending time with my loved ones. I reflect a varied personality, including ambition, and the qualities of generosity and thoughtfulness. I am also a well determined and vigorous individual, and yet calm. I encourage fighting for what you desire and believe in and doing it through God because nothing great comes easy. I believe mindfulness in the workplace is key to success. Having worked in Customer care I have gained extensive experience in; Empathy, Adaptability, Ability to Use Positive Language, Clear Communication Skills, Self-Control, Taking Responsibility and Patience.

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Project Playground, founded in 2010, is a non-profit organisation, engaging over 840 vulnerable children and youth in townships outside Cape Town in South Africa. Princess Sofia of Sweden, at the time Sofia Hellqvist, and Frida Vesterberg, relying on experience and knowledge from the non-profit sector, felt there was a need to focus on the individual's development in combination with a holistic perspective about the child and his or her unique personal needs, in order to create a sustainable and long-term change at both individual and system level. Their vision is a world where every child and youth grows up with a belief in the future and the opportunity to positively impact their own lives. With a holistic approach, they work using educational, recreational and supportive programs to empower vulnerable children and youth. One by one. They aim to create self-reliant individuals who are capable of managing their own lives and therefore contribute to the democratic, financial and equal development of their society. By being part of Project Playground, children gain self-esteem, determination and belief in the future. These three things are key to creating better life conditions and resilience, which results in a ripple effect throughout the whole community. Project Playground works exclusively with and for the children and youth forced to grow up in the legacy of Apartheid. They are established in areas that are systematically socially and economically deprived and in a society with an absent support system. Many of the children come from broken and abusive families, where they are victims of neglect, various types of abuse, malnutrition and lack positive role models. Due to the circumstances of their environment, many children are deprived of a true childhood. That is why Project Playground intervenes early and works long term with both children and their surroundings to create holistic change on an individual, community and systematic level. Without adequate teachers, school books or school facilities, children in townships become further disadvantaged. Policy changes are needed to incorporate a more holistic, supportive approach in schools where children have access to psychosocial support but also where teachers and employees have a broad understanding of Children's Rights and are able to uphold and be guided by a bespoke Child Protection Policy adapted to that specific school. This will equip and protect both school personnel and the students and contribute to a broader, deeper and more sustainable protective environment for children. Project Playground believes that the way forward is to be proactive rather than reactive, and to focus on the individual in everything they do. Decisions and actions should are based on prevention, sustainability and motivation for a positive attitude towards life and the people around them. Project Playground creates a safe space for children to be children. Because we know that what happens early, matters a lifetime.

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I have four passions in life. My sport, family, work and God. Each I pursue with dogged determination to be better and to excel. The greatest blessing and experience in life is the privilege of life is having a loving and supporting wife and incredible children. My relationship with each of them is treasured above all. I am blessed in that I am healthy, enjoy the blessing of life and am extremely active. I am thrilled to be able to compete on the international stage for home and country. Success therein is just a cherry on top. Career and work has been an incredible experience. Knowing what I wanted to be early in high school and achieving such has brought about economic emancipation and a lifestyle I could only dream about as a little boy. I bask in the success and abilities given to me and the blessing poured out in great abundance.

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CambriLearn was started by our principal, Cecilia Reinecke, so that she can have a positive impact on students around the world. Since then the CambriLearn team has worked with thousands of students over the past 10 years, from homeschooling families to students at traditional schools, tutor centres and schools by providing education support services across more than 20 countries. The CambriLearn curriculum is based on the world’s most widely-recognised British system of learning and assessment, preparing students of all ages to be successful in work, at university and in life. Our team has worked with thousands of students over the past 10 years, from homeschooling families to students at traditional schools, tutor centres and school education support services across more than 20 countries.

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Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their 7-week Summer Immersion Program, after school Clubs, College Loops program and New York Times best-selling series, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. Girls Who Code has reached 300,000 girls around the world. Girls Who Code values diversity, equity and inclusion as essential to their mission. They focus their work not only on gender diversity but also on young women who are historically underrepresented in computer science fields. They offer clubs for students to explore coding in a fun & friendly environment, a wide range of programs aimed at supporting college-aged students and early career professionals (18-25) in persisting in their computer science education and succeeding in their first internships and jobs, and a virtual summer program for high school students to learn coding and make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech.

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La Barça Academy es el modelo de escuela del FC Barcelona dirigida a niños y niñas de 6 a 18 años, que tiene como objetivo principal la formación integral de sus alumnos. Este modelo de escuela, exportado a nivel internacional, pretende extender la marca Barça y transmitir la filosofía de trabajo del Club en el resto del mundo. Las Barça Academy trabajan con un modelo propio, único, basado en la metodología Barça, con un estilo de juego creativo y ofensivo, y con una indispensable transmisión de valores: respeto, esfuerzo, ambición, trabajo en equipo y humildad. La BARÇA Academy es la academia oficial de fútbol del BARÇA, una escuela de vida que forma personas a través del fútbol. Nace con el objetivo de acercar el estilo de juego del Club en el mundo, dando la oportunidad de convertirse en jugador/a del BARÇA a cualquier chico/a que se identifique con nuestros valores y que quiera aprender a jugar como el BARÇA. Se desarrolla un programa formativo de fútbol a través del entrenamiento y la competición, fundamentado en la metodología del BARÇA. Una metodología que pretende desarrollar a jugadores/as autónomos/as y creativos/as, que representen los valores del BARÇA (humildad, esfuerzo, ambición, respeto y trabajo en equipo), capaces de organizarse colectivamente para realizar un juego atractivo, caracterizado por llevar la iniciativa a partir de la posesión del balón. En la BARÇA Academy el jugador/a disfruta jugando al fútbol, ​​practicando tareas jugadas que lo sitúan dentro del contexto específico del juego. Él/ella deberá resolver estas situaciones a través de sus capacidades, coordinándose con sus compañeros/as de equipo para, posteriormente, ser capaz de actuar eficaz y eficientemente en la competición siguiendo el estilo de juego del BARÇA. El jugador/a es guiado por el entrenador/a BARÇA, el cual potencia su toma de decisiones y lo convierte en el centro de su proceso de aprendizaje. Esta metodología propia y única pretende compartir el modelo BARÇA en el mundo, exportando el estilo a escala internacional a partir de las BARÇA Academy, sedes distribuidas en los cinco continentes. Cada una de estas BARÇA Academy están dirigidas por un director de Proyecto formado en el BARÇA, quien está asesorado técnicamente desde Barcelona y tiene la misión de implementar esta metodología de éxito ajustándola a las particularidades de cada región, convirtiendo nuestro fútbol en universal.

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Voluntechies es una asociación sin ánimo de lucro española que realiza actividades de voluntariado corporativo y RSC desde 2015. Voluntechies ofrece una innovadora experiencia inmersiva a través de talleres con realidad virtual a aquellos que más lo necesitan, como los niños/as hospitalizados, personas mayores o discapacitados. El objetivo principal es ofrecer un momento de alegría y diversión, para que los participantes puedan olvidarse por un momento del dolor, la enfermedad o la soledad y disfrutar como nunca antes lo habían hecho. En Voluntechies están convencidos de que pueden utilizar las nuevas tecnologías para mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas, sobre todo, de aquellos que se encuentran en una situación de mucha vulnerabilidad. Es por ello que tienen un objetivo claro, haber ayudado a 1 millón de personas en 2030. Gracias a sus divertidos talleres consiguen transportar a las personas que participan "fuera" de su realidad, llevándolos a descubrir las profundidades del océano, dar un paseo por la playa o hacer trekking en el Himalaya. Lo mejor de todo es que también les enseñan a cómo montar sus propias gafas de RV, dándoles así una herramienta para que puedan seguir disfrutando de muchas más aventuras. Voluntechies is a Spanish non-profit association that has been carrying out corporate volunteering and CSR activities since 2015. Voluntechies offers an innovative immersive experience through virtual reality workshops to those who need it most, such as hospitalized children, the elderly or disabled. The main objective is to offer a moment of joy and fun, so participants can forget about pain, illness or loneliness for a moment and enjoy like never before. At Voluntechies they are convinced that they can use new technologies to improve people's quality of life, especially those who are in a highly vulnerable situation. That is why they have a clear goal, to have helped 1 million people by 2030. Thanks to their fun workshops they manage to transport the people who participate "outside" their reality, taking them to discover the depths of the ocean, take a walk on the beach or go trekking in the Himalayas. Best of all, they also teach them how to assemble their own VR glasses, giving them a tool, so they can continue enjoying many more adventures.

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I'm the family person, hard-working woman, a mom of a handsome boy, adventures and a God fearing woman. I worked at the Department of Health as an Administration Clerk for 5 years. We've opened an N.P.O Youth Initiative. We are developing youth in programs such as soccer, reading and our culture. We conduct awareness campaigns about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. We facilitate the formation of support groups. And I have passion in farming. We started poultry farming and rabbits and we are selling the eggs in our community. I've done short course in Financial Management at University of Forte at PFMA.

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Genially es una herramienta online, disponible desde 2015, que ofrece una amplia versatilidad para crear todo tipo de contenidos interactivos. La misión del equipo de trabajo es hacer posible que todo el mundo pueda crear contenidos visuales e interactivos de forma rápida y sencilla. Esta es la razón por la que trabajan por convertir al contenido interactivo en un formato de uso diario, tanto como dar los buenos días o mirar antes de cruzar. El acceso a esta plataforma puede ser de individual o por equipo de trabajo, en el cual se pueden realizar presentaciones, infografías, gamificaciones, imágenes interactivas y prácticamente cualquier tipo de material interactivo. Con más de 3000 plantillas realizadas por diseñadores profesionales y muchas otras reutilizables, que han sido creadas y compartidas por usuarios, el editor de Genially es un espacio de trabajo en el que te sientes como pez en el agua. No tienes que descargar nada, es online y muy fácil de usar. Las herramientas avanzadas y los recursos te ayudan a crear contenidos interactivos en poco tiempo. Además, es posible integrar tu trabajo en Genially con otras plataformas digitales, tales como Google Drive, para que utilices todos los recursos que necesites en tu presentación. Para acceder a esta plataforma solo es necesario registrarse en alguno de los planes disponibles, entre los que se encuentra una opción freemium, que permite que cualquier persona pueda utilizar la versión gratuita de la herramienta por tiempo ilimitado, o bien adquirir uno de los planes premium para usar todas las características avanzadas. Los creadores de Genially afirman que el implemento de la tecnología en la creación de contenido mejora la receptividad de la audiencia durante una presentación. Esto se debe a que es posible conseguir que las personas presten más atención gracias un alto componente visual, más participación debido a la interactividad que permite la plataforma, así como conseguir presentaciones memorables que sorprenden y son fáciles de recordar. Además del software de edición, Genially también cuenta con una Academia online para que todos los usuarios aprendan a sacar el mayor provecho de esta herramienta, lo que permite que pueda ser usada por empresas, estudiantes, profesores, e incluso, diseñadores. Genially is an online tool, available since 2015, that offers wide versatility to create all kinds of interactive content. The mission of their team is to make it possible for everyone to create visual and interactive content quickly and easily. This is why they work to make interactive content a format for everyday use, much like saying good morning or looking before crossing. The workspace can be used by individuals or teamworks, in which presentations, infographics, gamification, interactive images and practically any type of interactive material can be made. With over 3000 templates made by professional designers, and many other reusable ones, that have been created and shared by users, the Genially editor is a workspace where you feel at home. You don’t have to download anything; it’s online and easy to use. Advanced tools and resources help you create interactive content quickly. In addition, it is possible to integrate your work in Genially with other digital platforms, such as Google Drive, so that you can use all the resources you need in your presentation. To access this platform, it is only necessary to register into one of the available plans, among which there is a freemium option, which allows anyone to use a free version of the tool for a unlimited time, or purchase one of the premium plans to access the advanced features. The creators of Genially claim that the implementation of technology in content creation improves the receptivity of the audience during a presentation. This is because it allows to get people to pay more attention thanks to a highly visual component, more participation due to the interactivity that the platform allows, as well as to achieve memorable presentations that surprise and are easy to remember. In addition to the editing software, Genially also has an online Academy for all users to learn how to get the most out of this tool, which allows it to be used by companies, students, teachers, and even designers. Design creative presentations with Genially, the free online tool with thousands of templates to fit any theme. The result? The most effective presentations with interactivity and animation that attract better than a magnet.

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Born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and I am currently living in South Africa at Cape Town for seven years. I am single from now and busy shaping my programming skills and IT knowledge at Cape Peninsula university of technology (CPUT). I am a software developer, I am always keen to discover and learn about new technology and invention in IT world, I have a good understanding of programming languages, internet cloud services and Desktop support CompTIA A+. I am a self-motivated person, reliable, determined, very skilful in communication, fast learner with an open mind to expose myself into new world and concept. Live is a journey about challenges and discovering that’s why I am always ready to face new challenge in technology and software world. I really like to play guitar and read books about science and others because knowledge for me is one of the keys to open doors, make a difference and discovering new area in live.

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My name is Noxolo Femele and I'm 42 years old and I have 2 kids both are girls age 17 and 13 years old. I worked for 43 Air School as a receptionist for 5 year and while I was there I used to help out at the Admin area and at Marketing department and that had lead me on having an interest on becoming 1 of the Managers but unfortunately we got retrenched. Then I worked for Lendcor group as a Sales consultant for 1 year 6 months same we got retrenched. That's where I decided to start my small business just to put food on the table until now but things are not doing well due to Covid-19.

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I am a God fearing individual, and I’m also a father to two beautiful kids, a boy and a girl. I worked for Tekkie Town as a Sales Assistant and I was chosen as the best Sales person for the entire Mpumalanga province. I also worked for the Department of agriculture as a Data capture. I have a passion for sports, football is one of my favourites and one day I wish I can own a soccer team. While I was in high school, I always wanted to be a lawyer but due to financial constraints I could not become one. My interest in the justice system came when I realised that the late former president Mr Nelson Mandela was also a lawyer representing his people. I wish one day I could give back to my community and its people because my community gave us the likes of the late Steve Bantu Biko, one of the BCM Members who fought for the people of South Africa. My community is one of the underdeveloped communities of this country, but I know that one day all of this will change because I know that with education anything is possible. When a child is educated communities will change for the better and if one community changes, then our country will change for the better as well and poverty will be no more. Education topped with one’s perseverance is the key to a bright future for all. With this pandemic people have lost their jobs and in some households you find that no one is working and people resort to drugs and alcohol, some get depressed to a point of taking their own lives. If we can start developing jobs for people, our continent would become a better place for us all. Being part of an initiative that supports the empowerment of those less privileged is one of my greatest wishes. I will be glad if all my wishes do come through because nothing is as important as education and hard work, and an educated country means a better world for us all.

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I am Elnet Girly Ndlovu. I am 29 years old. I was born and raised in Mpumalanga, South Africa. I graduated from high school in the year 2012 and am currently studying for a higher certificate in economics and management sciences through the university of South Africa. I have also obtained a certificate in business administration and Computer literacy of which I seek to study further to do entrepreneurship. I began my career as a customer service representative in 2014. Naturally, I have a growth mindset that enables me to grow and to help me by learning from mistakes to improve myself continually. I am kind, loving, caring and a person who is full of empathy often. I am a go-getter, positive, bubbly person who loves a positive fun filled environment. I am self-motivated and also enjoy motivating my team members. I work well in a team or individually. I am passionate about education, uplifting others, entrepreneurship and making a better society for the future generation to come while walking the journey of self-discovery I have more than four years experience in customer service and administration combined with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Administrative Assistance, Meeting Scheduling, Executive Support. I have excellent interpersonal skills, I am also a fast learner and adapt quickly to a new environment My hobbies are reading books, listening to music, walking and learning new things.

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My name is Glorymar Hernandez, but I prefer to be called “Glory”. I was born in the capital of Venezuela, Caracas, and grew up amid the crowds of the city, the tranquility of the Andean mountains and the joy of the Caribbean coast. A mixture that has taught me to enjoy wherever I am, that aroused my curiosity to know the world, and that has helped me to adapt, with relative ease, to changes. I have a degree in Philosophy, my research works are in Philosophy of Language. Since 2019 I have been working as a Spanish teacher. I decided to start teaching my mother tongue thanks to my experience learning other languages. I had the opportunity to live for a year in Ireland, where I went to learn English and, currently, I am in Italy, where I have had the opportunity to learn Italian. These experiences allowed me to realize that, although seeking perfection when trying to “speak like a native” is the ideal, what really matters is being able to communicate, make ourselves understood and be open to the experience of knowing other cultures and understand that there are many different points of view. Professionally, I have had the opportunity to work in different contexts such as banking, outsourcing consular procedures, and teaching at university level. The biggest lesson I learned from these experiences is that I am not an office person. I prefer to own my time and have the freedom to work wherever I am. For this reason, I have decided to dedicate myself to teaching Spanish online and to enter the digital world. I consider myself a very curious and versatile person, that is why in my free time I enjoy handcrafting (such as sewing or knitting), volunteering, being in contact with nature, and trying to learn new things, like playing the guitar. Regarding my geographical preferences, the beach and the mountains are my main refuges, because I can escape from the noise of the city and connect with myself. That is why I would like to be able to live with my husband on a mountain, not far from the sea.

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La Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències) de Valencia es un conjunto único dedicado a la divulgación científica y cultural, que está integrado por seis grandes elementos: el Hemisfèric, cine IMAX, 3D y proyecciones digitales; el Umbracle, mirador ajardinado y aparcamiento; el Museu de les Ciències, innovador centro de ciencia interactiva; el Oceanogràfic, el mayor acuario de Europa; el Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, dedicado la programación operística, y el Ágora, que dota al complejo de un espacio multifuncional. A lo largo de un eje de casi dos kilómetros, en el antiguo cauce del río Turia, este complejo impulsado por la Generalitat Valenciana sorprende por su arquitectura y por su inmensa capacidad para divertir y estimular las mentes de sus visitantes que, recorriendo sus edificios, conocen diferentes aspectos relacionados con la ciencia, la tecnología, la naturaleza o el arte. El papel relevante de la arquitectura en la Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias de Valencia ha sido posible gracias al trabajo de dos arquitectos españoles de prestigio internacional, que han aportado aquí lo mejor de su obra: Santiago Calatrava, con el Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, el Hemisfèric, el Museu de les Ciències, el Umbracle y el Àgora, y Félix Candela, con las singulares cubiertas de los edificios principales del Oceanogràfic. Un conjunto arquitectónico de excepcional belleza, que armoniza el continente con el contenido. Una ciudad donde conviven el mar y la luz del Mediterráneo de manera sorprendente. Se ha constituido como uno de los mayores focos de difusión cultural. En conjunto, las proyecciones digitales y las películas en gran formato en el Hemisfèric, las exposiciones interactivas en el Museu de les Ciencies Príncip Felipe y las exhibiciones bioeducativas del Oceanogràfic, conforman una gran oferta interrelacionada, que se complementa, con el único objetivo de satisfacer la curiosidad y las ganas de divertirse del visitante. La Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias une además la admirada tradición mediterránea del mar y la luz, de los colores azules y blancos, con una arquitectura vanguardista diseñada por Santiago Calatrava y Félix Candela. Sus audaces líneas identifican a la capital del Turia del siglo XXI; es la estampa futurista que simboliza a la nueva Valencia: una ciudad moderna dentro de la ciudad milenaria, donde millones de visitantes acuden cada año para disfrutar con la cultura, la naturaleza, el arte y la ciencia.

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I’m Toni-Leigh, born and bred in the Mother City of Cape Town. My fiancé and I, are parents to a lively 2-year-old girl who arrived 5 years after losing our 3-year-old son to a rare genetic disease. I love learning new things. Growing up, I was a voracious reader, reading anything and everything (even the classifieds and property ads) and with the advancement of technology over the years, I can have information at the tip of my fingers, so I’m always eager to learn new things and I’m a fast learner. I’ve always had an interest in Information Technology and was the go-to person in my office before my colleagues would go to the IT office, and now I’m looking into further studies so that I can develop my knowledge and skills. In 2005, I graduated from Varsity College with a Diploma in Travel and Tourism, with aspirations of travelling worldwide in my profession. Things didn’t quite work out that way, having worked in retail and a company assisting young people to live and work in the UK. In the last decade or so, I’ve been in the tourism industry behind the scenes, working for an online holiday accommodation booking agency and more recently a company that does tours and safaris in Southern Africa. I also do freelance work remotely, such as, captioning for a speech-to-text service and social media evaluation. I am an introvert but enjoy working with and being in the company of others, while also enjoying being on my own. In the past I used to view being an introvert as a weakness because those higher up in the ranks of the companies I worked for were extroverted but in recent times I realised how much of a strength it is being an introvert as I also have a strong sense of empathy, which I believe is key in Customer Service and building interpersonal relationships with colleagues and clients. I’m passionate about customer service and going the extra mile and l love that feeling of knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone’s day, whether big or small. People tend to describe me as hardworking, punctual, efficient, dependable and trustworthy. Covid-19 affected the tourism industry drastically, however, I still want to travel anywhere I can, just soaking up the different cultures and experiences. The last year has been both challenging and rewarding and it has made me see things in a different light and so it has been somewhat of a new beginning for me. I am motivated now more than ever to seek out new passions and adventures and to get out of my comfort zone.

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