21st September: International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected.  The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.

SDG 16

Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.

2018 Theme: “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”

The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages – is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.

“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” — Secretary-General António Guterres




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This blog has been created by the English Department at Martínez Vargas High School in Barbastro, Huesca (Spain). It is our aim to encourage students to use IT in order to improve their linguistic competences in English.

See also about our European projects: Comenius, exchanges, etc.



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Erin’s monthly question winners

And the winners for our contest “Erin’s monthly question” are…

First place: Naim Kefti (4th ESO C) and Aurora Dawson ( 2nd ESO A)

Second place: Román García  (2nd ESO A) and Lina Wang (2nd ESO A)


Congratulations to all of you!

We want also to thank all those students who have participated in this monthly competition. We hope you’ve enjoyed this experience and that you’ve learnt a lot with it.

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9th MAY: Europe Day

Europe Day, held on 9 May every year, celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration‘. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.






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Erin’s monthly question (May)

If you want to participate, the only thing you have to do is guess the answer to our question; then find Erin and give her the answer. If you are correct, you’ll get one point. At the end of the course, the person with the most points will win a prize. 

You may not look up the answer on the internet! 

And our last question is…

How many stars and stripes are on the American flag?

(DEADLINE: 25th May)

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