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Two plush squirrels help Afghan child speak Portuguese – UNHCR UNHCR in Brazil



Two plush squirrels help Afghan child speak Portuguese - UNHCR UNHCR in Brazil

Miguel Pacioni from Sao Paulo | Nov 3 2022

Ali introduces two squirrels who help him learn Portuguese, an initiative taken by his teacher to better integrate the new student into the school. ©Personal business

Sao Paulo, 3 November 2022 (UNHCR) “At just six years old, young Afghan Ali was forced to leave his country with his family due to conflicts and insecurity in his homeland. Thanks to a humanitarian visa regulated by the Brazilian state at the end of 2021, Ali, his father, mother, grandmother, aunt and uncle arrived in Brazil last October, where they find protection and safety to rebuild their lives.

After arriving in Brazil, Ali made it clear that he would like to return to school. And with the help of teachers from the school in the city of Guarulhos (SP), where he lives, he was able to enroll.

“The day my son started school, I felt that Brazil is my homeland because we have the right to live as Brazilians. Brazil is a country of hope for all refugees who are looking for a fresh start here,” said Ali’s father, Mohammad, 35.

The teachers were happy to see an Afghan student at school, but Ali did not feel confident – he could not understand his classmates and could not say what he wanted to be when he grew up – the answer to all the other children. already knew!

“Once Ali arrived, it was quite difficult as we didn’t know how he and his family had moved, in addition to communication difficulties due to the language. However, due to this language barrier, he did not speak much and we were not always sure that he understood the classes offered,” said teacher Ghiselli Truquiti.

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Ali stopped going to school and cried every day before leaving home. Luckily, the teacher developed an original method for teaching Ali Portuguese. With the help of an online translator, the professor created dialogues between the two stuffed squirrels using words and expressions in Persian (Ali’s language in Afghanistan) and Portuguese, demonstrating that both could understand each other very well.

There he became interested in the technique and every day introduced his parents to the words that the squirrels taught them at school. With his new vocabulary and the support of his classmates, he made friends at school and created new phrases in Portuguese.

“It was a collaborative effort by the school, teachers and families to include Ali in the classroom where everyone was involved in creating an empathic and healthy welcome,” the teacher said.

After the holidays at the end of the year, Ali returned to school with new words and phrases – and more enthusiasm to chat and play with her friends. And now, as he himself says, “I love the school and I love the teacher.” And especially on Fridays, because this day is the most time for games.

In fact, little Ali went back to school already knowing what he wanted to be when he grew up: an airplane pilot so he could fly safely over Afghanistan, seen from the sky, introducing him to friends.

Watch Ali’s videos on accounts Instagram It’s from tik tak UNHCR in Brazil.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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