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September 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friends,

despite the ongoing vaccination campaigns in many countries, with more cases once again on the rise in various parts of the world, it seems clear that the end of the pandemic is not yet near. For the schools supported by the Foundation, this means continuing to adapt to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 emergency measures, while causing the least possible disruption in the course curriculum for our beneficiary students.
Since the start of the pandemic, our partner schools have adopted strict measures as required by the COVID-19 protocols, and for many months in which they were forced to shutdown since 2020, have set up distance learning solutions for students.
In response to the pandemic, the Foundation has devolved over 15,000 Euros for the health crisis in Lombardy, Sicily, and India, and invested nearly 20,000 Euros for the implementation of e-learning, including providing digital devices and internet connection, in projects in Italy, Morocco, Thailand and Cambodia. Through trial and error, e-learning methods in these schools have improved substantially over the year, so that teachers and students are today much better equipped in cases of lockdowns or limited attendance due to pandemic restrictions.
One such example is our investment in contributing to upgrade the e-learning system in the schools of PSE Cambodia. Initially, they were not prepared when the lockdown forced them to shut down in 2020 and most “distance” learning was done through paper homework assignments regularly distributed and collected, while very few students (only 39%) could actually connect online because they lacked both phones and internet connection. In January 2021, a new project was launched to provide training for teachers and tools for students to follow classes and do assignments online. Online attendance and active participation has now reached 89%, and is set to increase as the project is still in roll out phase until November. Even as schools reopen, distance learning will continue, full time or part time (in the case of rotating classes due to small class sizes imposed by pandemic restrictions), as students gradually return to school.
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PSE student working online as schools and closed due to the pandemic

Global Climate Strike September 24

Since Greta Thunberg began her fist climate strike three years ago, there has been a decisive shift in awareness on the subject of climate change among the general public and the media is slowly giving it the space it deserves, although not sufficiently. The Friday for Future movement has been able to mobilise millions of people, especially youth, who have organised themselves and taken to the streets asking governments for immediate action to tackle the Climate Crisis.
The most recent IPCC report (https://www.ipcc.ch/assessment-report/ar6/) was a “Code red” for human driven global heating, according to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres: a stark warning that we are way off track in staying within 1.5 degrees of warming with our current levels of emissions, and climate change is now widespread, rapid and intensifying, with some trends now irreversible. However, the report claimed there is still a cause for hope if we take drastic measures immediately through strong and sustained CO2 and GHG emissions reductions, improving air quality immediately and allowing global temperatures to stabilise within 20-30 years. At the same time, a UN report last week based on current emissions and pledges from world governments, predicted that emissions will rise 16% by 2030, where we should instead be aiming at at least a 45% reduction in emissions by 2030 from 2010 levels, to have any chance of staying within 1.5 degrees celsius (IPCC Report).
Governments are failing dismally to meet the targets of the Paris requirements. As Greta Thunberg reminds us, “None of the world's major economies - including the entire G20 - have a climate plan that meets their obligations under the 2015 Paris Agreement.”
Given the gravity of the climate crisis and the inertia of politicians, citizens must also take responsibility not only by choosing to live more sustainable lifestyles, but also by joining the Climate Strikes. Drastic change will only take place if there are tens of millions of people all over the world demanding it.
This is why we invite everyone to join the next global climate strike. Find the nearest climate strike to you on www.fridaysforfuture.org.
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