quinta-feira, 19 de julho de 2012
O Céu é o limite
“The Sky is the Limit” 2012
LOCATION: Europe House (European Commission Representation United
On the 21
June in Europe House, the European Commission Representation in the
United Kingdom (Smith Square), the sixth annual “The Sky is the Limit” (2012)
conference took place, organised by Luisa Ribeiro Consultancy in association with
Europe House and Lambeth Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS).
More than 100 delegates were present, to listen to a variety of international
speakers hailing from lusophone countries such as Portugal, Angola and Brazil, as
well as the United Kingdom. The speakers were: His Excellency, the Ambassador of
Angola to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Miguel Neto, who spoke about
the current situation in Angola and in the Angolan community in the United
Kingdom; the representative from Lambeth CYPS, Richard Blackmore, who spoke
about the school results of lusophone pupils in the borough of Lambeth; professor
and researcher from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Dr. Rogério Miguel Puga who
presented on the subject of “Os Doze de Inglaterra” and other anglo-portuguese
topics; news anchor from RTP and best-selling novelist in Portugal, José Rodrigues
dos Santos, who spoke about his own personal experiences to around twenty young
students from Lilian Baylis and Lambeth Academy, who as well as attending the
event, gave their rating of proceedings and suggestions for the next conference.
José Luís Mendonça, journalist and angolan novelist, spoke about a literacy and
reading project in Angola, as well as his personal experiences as a writer and a
director of a cultural newspaper. Dr. Ronaldo Mota, Brazilian researcher for the
University of London’s Institute of Education spoke about the technological
revolution and its impact on current scientific research, whilst Maria Manuela Aguiar,
former Secretary of State for Immigration, presented the findings from her study on
female portuguese immigration and her paper on the role of women in this social
Angeliki Petrits, representative from the European Commission, presented on the
translation services provided by the European Commissions, and talked about the
new European policy on languages.
Those present were able to take part in rondavels and actively discuss various issues
related to education and learning of foreign languages.
Pupils from Vauxhall and Wyvil Primary Schools learned and performed two
Portuguese songs, as a result of their involvement with the musical project for
children and educators, “Sing Portuguese”.