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The 10th November 2015 was World Day of Science for Peace and Development. For this year's Day, the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, published this message which you can read on the UNESCO website: unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002351/235124e.pdf

An Esperanto translation is available. Click on the green flag here and go to the UEA link.

International Short Film Competition

posted Sep 28, 2016, 3:24 PM by NZEA web2

The 2016-2017 "Tea and Love" International Short Film Competition originated from the successful hosting of the 2014-2015 Short Film Competition, the first of its kind, in Hangzhou, China.
Hosted by the Esperanto Service of China Radio International, the competition provides a visual platform for international cultural exchange and has received fruitful results for global communication.
The theme for the competition is "Tea and Love".

For fuller details go to the web page mentioned above.
Tea and Love

UEA representative speaks at UN

posted Jul 18, 2016, 7:36 PM by NZEA web2

Stefano Keller represented UEA at the 9th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples EMRIP/MEDPA-9, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 11-15 July 2016. He drew attention to the significance of the knowledge of indigenous peoples about nature, conservation and biodiversity. He reminded them of their previous commitments to respect the rights of indigenous peoples to continue to use their languages and retain their cultures.

Further information: http://www.linguistic-rights.org/eventoj/#EMRIP9

Thanks to UEA for this information: Gazetaraj Komunikoj de UEA, N-ro 622

World Refugee Day: a message to the United Nations from the Universal Esperanto Association

posted Jun 20, 2016, 10:24 PM by NZEA web2   [ updated Jun 21, 2016, 1:09 AM ]

World Refugee Day (June 20) offers a special occasion to do what we must do on every day of the year, namely to consider, and alleviate, the plight of the growing number of the world’s refugees – people driven from their homes by conflict, and caught up in armed disputes that are not of their making. Our organization, the Universal Esperanto Association, is concerned, in accordance with our primary purpose, with efforts to ease the language situation of these refugees.

Refugees have lost more than their homes and their livelihoods: they have also lost the communities and cultures that supported them. The languages of those communities are often not widely spoken in the places where they find themselves. In such circumstances, it is all the more difficult to explain their situation to others, to understand even sympathetic responses from the people they encounter, and to deal with the officials who often hold their futures in their hands.

We accordingly urge on the United Nations to do all that it can to ensure

1. That communication with refugees takes place in languages they can understand,

2. That the officials dealing with refugees receive training in these languages,

3. That special services be established to listen to, and act on, the refugees’ stories and concerns in their own languages,

4. That educational services be provided in appropriate languages for refugee children whose schooling has been interrupted and whose futures have been put in jeopardy.

Compassionate attention to the language needs of refugees is not only an issue of principle but also of good practice.

Written into our Association’s constitution is respect for the rights of all as articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which we regard as “an essential condition for our work.” Social justice and linguistic justice go hand in hand. We should all remind ourselves of this fact every day of the year – but especially on World Refugee Day.


Gazetaraj Komunikoj de UEA
N-ro 619
(with thanks to Veronika Poór (UEA) for the English version of this article)

Every day 30 people finish the Esperanto course at Duolingo

posted Mar 16, 2016, 1:46 PM by NZEA web2   [ updated Mar 16, 2016, 1:49 PM ]

The number of registered learners in the English-language, Internet course at duolingo.com has exceeded 300,000 persons. Of course not all of them finish the course, but even so about 30 persons reach the end of the course every day.

It is planned that this year a course for Spanish speakers will be launched. In the following years courses for Russian and Chinese speakers are planned...

Further details are available in an interview with Chuck Smith at liberafolio.org.

International Mother Language Day

posted Feb 20, 2016, 2:09 PM by NZEA web2

2016-02-21 is International Mother Language Day. The Director General  of UNESCO has published her annual message for the day. In it she stresses the importance of mother languages and local languages.
More information at: wikipedia and at linguistic-rights.org
and at timeanddate.com which says:
"On International Mother Language Day the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN agencies participate in events that promote linguistic and cultural diversity. They also encourage people to maintain their knowledge of their mother language while learning and using more than one language."

100,000 registrations on DuoLingo

posted Aug 23, 2015, 12:49 PM by NZEA web2

Up 'til 22nd August 2015 there had been 100000 people registered to learn Esperanto from English at the DUOLINGO website.

<https://www.duolingo.com/course/eo/en/Learn-Esperanto-Online> 

The course has been available since 28th May, and it is still in the beta testing stage. Already some people have completed the course. /Web address: //https://www.duolingo.com/course/eo/en/Learn-Esperanto-Online/
Congratulations to the people who have compiled the course and those who maintain it: Chuck Smith, Ruth Kevess-Cohen and seven others! This report based on a report by Ret-Info, LS

TLC Festival

posted Aug 8, 2015, 2:12 PM by NZEA web2

The iconic Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival (TLC) is an annual celebration  of the diversity in our community and a showcase of talents and colour from across the world.

The 2015 10th anniversary festival: Sunday, August 9 from 10am to 4pm in Toowoomba's Queens Park.

For further information: tims.org.au/TLC-Festival

Māori Language Week

posted Jul 27, 2015, 4:05 PM by NZEA web2

Māori Language Week 27 July to 2 August 2015.

Māori Language Week has taken place at this time of the year since 1975. The Māori Language Commission takes a leading role in it: www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz aiming to encourage the learning and use of the Māori language.
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Te-Wiki-o-Te-Reo-M%C4%81ori-M%C4%81ori-Language-Week/121008217924952

Toitū te whenua, toitū te mana, toitū te reo. Hold fast to the land, hold fast to the culture, hold fast to the language!

The New Zealand Esperanto Association supports the right of all indigenous cultures to use and conserve their own languages and cultures.

Universal Congress of Esperanto 2015

posted Jul 27, 2015, 3:31 PM by NZEA web2

The 100th Universal Congress of Esperanto takes place in Lille, France 25 July to 1st August 2015.
Congress website: uea.org/kongresoj

What goes on at the Congress? Reports appear daily in the congress newsleter Kongresa Kuriero. See the above mentioned website. A more colourful account is available in Facebook: www.facebook.com/lille2015

New Esperanto Course at duolingo.com

posted Jun 14, 2015, 3:26 PM by NZEA web2   [ updated Jun 14, 2015, 3:30 PM ]

Chuck Smith (Berlin) sent us this information:
"We launched our Esperanto course [2015.05.28] and by 15 hours 
later 5720 persons had started learning Esperanto with our course.
Of course lots of them need an Esperanto keyboard arrangement and
[NZEA] has the most extensive information on that subject, so logically
we linked to you in our forum: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8841170 ...
"Please note, that we are not advertising the Duolingo course yet,
because it is still in an early public testing phase, but if you
mention it, please emphasize that it is still being tested so that
people don't expect a perfect course there."
You can check the status of the course at:
http://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/eo/en/status or go to the home page
and choose Esperanto.

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