Have you seen many rainbow flags set up this week? The rainbow is a symbol of everyone’s right to be just as they are and to love who they want.
On June 12-16th The West Pride festival is going on in Gothenburg and the region, Västra Götaland. The festival is an art and culture festival, aiming to serve as a secure meeting place for LGBTQ people. Here you can check what the word LGBTQ means, and take a look at the program for the festival taking place at for example the Gothenburg Art Musem, the Gothenburg City library and the Gothenburg University (Artisten).
The aim is to highlight LGBTQ people’s life situation, spread knowledge, change attitudes, invite to conversations, reflections. In this way, a more open social climate can be created, and prejudices ans discrimination based on gender identity / sexual orientation / gender expression be counteracted,. The festival is free for visitors.
The ISGR library wants to work the same way as the festival. To be inclusive and there for everyone in the ISGR community, enabling in many different ways and secure a welcoming and respectful approach and good study environment. The library thinks that everyone benefits from a work on equal treatment and human rights.
Therefore, we got a LGBTQ shelf in the library. Here are tips of some literature bringing up LGBTQ (homosexuals, bisexuals, transgender people, people with queer expressions and identities and more). Here you can check what a norm and what norm critical pedagogy means.
Now there is time to vote for what artists you would like to meet, during the upcoming school year, within the Creative School project, supported by the National Arts Council.
Grades 6-8 are welcome to do so in the library, in connection with the return of books, until the end of the school year. Creative School is a democratic project, emphasizing student democracy, so therefore voting is an important part of the process. And in this way, you influence what will happen.
The library has also put together a Summer Reading Challenges booklet, with three activities for those who want:
Harry Potter quiz
4 book reports
If you do the activities, (reading four books and filling in book reports for those is the most important), you will get a book for free from the library at the end of summer, when you hand in the Summer Reading Challenges booklet to Elin, your librarian.
There are also crosswords, book mark workshop, and other crafts available in the library from today and onwards.
In the library there is a combined exhibition going on at the moment.
MYP8 students, studying Advanced Swedish, are displaying posters on the five minority languages in Sweden: Jiddish, Romani, Meänkieli, Finnish and Sami.
There are minority languages on a historically basis. That is why those who use these languages have been given special rights. For example, people should be able to use Finnish, Meänkieli and Sami in contact with Swedish authorities, in certain municipalities that have a large proportion of Sami, Meänkieli or Finnish speakers.
On January 1st 2019, the law was revised, so that rights and obligations are further strengthened. Swedish sign language also got a special position.
MYP6 students have been creating new book covers for existing youth novels. The students have also written texts for the back cover, information about the author and some have even added tips on further reading. Try and see if you can guess what books the covers are about!
The teachers for both projects has been Margareta H.
This day falls on April 23, every year. This year, UN focuses on indigenous languages. With indigenous means originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native. Indigenous language is spoken within an ethnic community where the language is part of their identity and some of their customs are preserved through it.
According to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 40 percent of about 6700 languages in the world are about to disappear. Since languages are not isolated phenomena, but express values and cultures, other things also run the risk of disappearing: history, traditions and knowledge that may have been preserved for about a thousand years.
This in turn means less diversity, peace and development. That makes indigenous peoples and their languages extra important to protect, advocate for and preserve their rights. Also because they are often subject to geographical, political and social isolation.
Indigenous peoples are also affected by climate change. The environments that they maintain contain great biodiversity, because of how they care about it.
But the peoples are increasingly exposed to assaults by multinational companies and governments, who want to engage in extractive industries such as mining, oil exploration and agro-industrial projects.
In the library we therefore displaying books this week with books about indigenous languages, indigenous peoples, tribal peoples, first peoples, native peoples.
Here are some examples of indigenous peoples. (Note that there exist about 5000 indigenous groups though in about 90 countries.):
• Inuit of the Arctic,
• The White Mountain Apache of Arizona,
• the Yanomami and the Tupi People of the Amazon,
• The Maasai in East Africa
• Bontoc people of the mountainous region of the Philippines.