Monthly Archives: March 2019

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Humanoid Robot ‘Inspires ALL Students to Explore STEM, Coding, and Programming‘

RoboKind, the creators of robots4autism and Milo, have introduced Jett, the coding and programming robot, along with the robots4STEM curriculum. Designed to teach all students—including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)—the coding and programming skills they need to ignite a lasting interest in STEM, Jett is the younger sibling of RoboKind’s facially expressive robot Milo….

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TIFF premiere: Sgaawaay K’uuna, the first feature film about the Haida people

By Leonie Sandercock Professor, University of British Columbia Originally published on The Conversation. Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife), premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, is the first feature film about the Haida people and in the Haida language. The mystery-thriller, directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, started as a collaboration between myself at the…

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Chinese for All Saudi Arabian Schools

During a recent trip to China by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), the Saudi Foreign Ministry announced that the kingdom had committed to implementing Chinese language programs in schools across the kingdom, hours after MbS met with Chinese President Xi Jingping, and after finalizing a $10 billion deal for Saudi Aramco to establish a…

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$1 million for Indigenous Languages in Alberta

Canadian Premier Rachel Notley has announced a $1 million commitment to the Indigenous Language Resource Center at Calgary’s new Central Library. The Indigenous Center in Alberta will be part of a program aimed at teaching the languages of the Cree, Blackfoot, Stoney Nakoda, Tsuut’ina and Michif.The center is slated to open this year, and coincide…

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Hawaiian Flying High

Cultural Milestone of Hawai’i Hawaiian Airlines has marked an important cultural milestone as Hawai‘i’s airline by establishing an ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language) certification program for employees. Launched to coincide with ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i Month, the certification is available free of charge to Hawaiian’s 7,200-plus employees. “Adding ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i as a recognized language was a natural move…

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Celebrate French Language and Francophonie Week

Speakers of the French language unite globally to celebrate Francophonie week March 17-25, and international Francophonie Day on March 20th. UN French Language Day is also observed annually on March 20, and was established by the UN’s Department of Public Information in 2010 “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal…

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Booksellers Donate Spanish Books to Refugees

The American Booksellers Association arranged for booksellers, authors, and publishers attending its Winter Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to donate Spanish-language books for refugees waiting at the U.S.–Mexico border. ABA’s Libros Para el Viaje (“Books for the Journey”) book drive at the Winter Institute collected books of all genres for children and adults to be…

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Ghana Confident in French

Dr.Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education of Ghana, believes that French should be promoted across the country, citing a study conducted by the Foundation for International Development Study and Research which showed that if countries share a common language it boosts their international trade by about 30%. He explained this was because the common language…