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World Youth Skills Day

16% of the world population is represented by people aged 15 to 24 years, equivalent to 1.2 billion young people. Facing almost three times more unemployment, to perform low quality jobs or suffer inequality in the job market than an adult.

United Nations hand in hand with Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka, UNESCO and the International Labor Organization, today (June 15) create the world day of youth skills to raise awareness of the importance of investing in education of young people.

The UN estimated the number of young people unemployed worldwide at 74.5 million. 1 in 5 young people (125 million) work but the salary received is very low. Taking into account that the labor situation is more complex and competitive, we must prepare the new generations, developing their skills and providing them with tools.

To succeed in the labor market, good education and training is essential.

What are those skills and / or competences that it is recommended to develop?

In addition to theoretical knowledge, companies look for young people with soft skills, such as: teamwork, collaboration, imagination and leadership.

According to the Global Education and Skills Forum of 2018 (GESF), it recommends developing competencies such as tolerance, empathy, critical thinking and creativity. Complementing them with those mentioned in the Report of “The Future of Jobs of the World Economic Forum” which are problem solving, emotional intelligence, decision making, customer orientation, negotiation and cognitive flexibility.

At Via Families we promote the education of all the young people of the world. Connecting families internationally to carry out student exchanges between families. See more information, HERE

It seeks that young people can contribute to the company by improving performance and productivity.

“Education will not change the world, change the people who are going to change the world”

– Pablo Freire-

 

As always, I leave you a video in which Pablo Heinig (electrical engineer and doctoral candidate in Leisure and Development of Human Potential and professor at ESADE Business School in Barcelona) proposes a method to think, feel and act according to the people we want to be.

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How does an exchange influences your child?

Living abroad means leaving the comfort zone, at the begging it may sound scary and exciting at the same time. The important thing is to try it because it really worth it.

It´s important to keep in mind the changes that your child will live in this incredible experience. It is true that each student will enjoy a different experience depending on the age in which they travel, their character and how independent they are. However, everyone will definitely change.

First he/she is likely to feel vulnerable and afraid, but it is completely normal, as he/she is experiencing a familiar detachment. But as time goes by, he/she will develop and grow both personally and academically.
Some changes that you will notice when he/she return are:

  1. Personality: now he/she will be more open, strong and self-confident. The exchange will help him/her to define the personality and to develop skills
  2. Influence: the level of influence will reduce, this means that it will improve the decision-making, based on the personal benefit (what suits or benefits him/her)
  3. Maturity: obviously the maturity will be evident, living away from the family, helps the person to fend for himself (to be independent). Also to appreciate the family, the house, friends and even the material (everything around him , to the minimum aspect)
  4. Self-knowledge: being “alone”, he/she will go through a stage of personal knowledge, he/she will know how to identify his/her emotions and he/she will learn to control them. In the same way he/she will know his/her limits.

The panorama will be completely open, therefore you will have a child who already has a different language, mature, sociable and with decision-making power, as well as increasing professional value and it is possible that he/she acquired skills that he/she had not acquired in his/her native country.

Due to so many changes, it is likely that there are some frictions or discussions when you are all back together under the same roof, but don´t worry, it is part of the process and you will soon overcome it.

We recommend you to read our post in which we talk about the possible situations when your child returns and how to handle them.

Share with us your experience, what changes do your child had after the exchange?

As always I leave you a video which some students share their experience and talk about some benefits when doing a student exchange

Source: YouTube                                                                                                                                        Year of publication: 2014

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Types of learning

Before knowing the different types of learning, it is important to understand that learning refers to the acquisition of knowledge, values, and the development of skills and attitudes. It is the method by which any human being assimilates certain information.

In the past, it was thought that there were only one or two ways to learn, however there are different, so it is relevant to know each student and the content we want them to learn, so we can choose the ideal type of learning. On this occasion we will mention 13 types.

The first type of learning is the implicit one: this is usually not intentional, it is given by the automatic execution of a motor behavior. If we think, we always learn without realizing it, for example to walk or talk.

The second is explicit learning, which, on the contrary of the implicit one, is conscious and intentional, therefore we require sustained and selective attention. This type of learning allows us to acquire information about places, people or objects.

The third type of learning is associative, as its name suggests it is to relate two stimuli or a stimulus + behavior. A clear example is the multiplication tables or the periodic table, it will be much more effective if it is reviewed with a song, so the brain will retain it more easily. So remember that, to achieve effective learning, use visual or audiovisual elements that the student likes. Ivan Pavlov (Russian psychologist) checks associative learning with his classical condition technique applied to his dog.

The fourth type is non-associative learning, it refers to the change of reaction to a repeated stimulus. They play a key role habituation (process in which a stimulus is repeated and the response is less and less intense) and awareness. For example when a baby is asleep and with the minimum noise, wakes up. If this happens every time    he´s sleeping, the baby will stop waking up because of the noise.

The fifth learning is the significant, in this the student goes through a process in which he collects the information, selects it, organize and compares it with previous knowledge (new information vs. information that he already had).

The sixth type is cooperative learning, as the name implies it is carried out together with more students. This is given in educational classrooms, with a maximum of 5 people in the team, they have a teacher who guides and distributes roles.

The seventh learning is collaborative, it´s like the cooperative, more people are required, but the cooperative, unlike the cooperative, is more free; this means that the teacher only proposes the topic and the students decide how to approach it.

The eighth type is the emotional learning, this is very important, since it consists of knowing and managing the emotions efficiently.

The ninth learning is the observational one, also known as learning by imitation or modeling. It requires the participation of two people, the model (who will teach) and the student (who observes the behavior and learns).

The tenth type is the experiential learning. Learning from mistakes is the best example. This type of learning is produced as the name implies by experience.

The eleventh learning is by discovery, also known as heuristic learning (theory developed by the American psychologist Jerome Bruner), is usually an active learning that promotes the student to learn for himself, discovering, relating and reordering the concepts. The ideal for the teacher is to present situations stimulating their students through strategies of observation, comparison, analysis of similarities and differences.

The twelfth type is memoristic or repetitive learning, which consists in fixing in the memory in a mechanical and repetitive way concepts without deepening their meaning. It is when we repeat like parrot, therefore it is normal that we forget it in a short time. Some examples are: mathematical formulas, celebrities, phone numbers, birthdays, addresses among others.

The thirteenth learning is receptive, it is impulsive, passive and it is when the student receives the content but does not do it in his own way. A clear example is when you read a book, you recognize each word and the theme.

Talking about the education of children is a whole world in which we must be submerged, know new trends to apply them and obtain better results.

We invite you to join the international community of families, agreeing to student exchanges.

Via Families – #thatstheway

As always, I leave a video of a girl that explain and give examples of the types of learning.

Source: YouTube                                                                                                                                Year of publication: 2019

Other sources of consultation- https://psicologiaymente.com/desarrollo/tipos-de-aprendizaje

What is the best age for our children to study abroad?

Nowadays we are all experts in everything and we have very different opinions about what we think is best in the education of our children.

Possibly, as in term of education no one sets the guidelines for what we should do, we usually go to “jump of the bush” doing what others we know have done, or even correcting the decisions we have made previously with the experience from another of our children.

We live in a very competitive world in which parents wantour children to be the best; we want them to achieve everything we never reach and project that frustration on children who need security.

We submit them under great pressure and nobody can extract anything positive.

We should simply understand that failure is wonderful and the real basis on which success and real learning is based.

We learns with the mistakes we made, not always having everything in favor.

Talking about the ideal age for our children to study abroad, it is important not to run or advance ahead of time.

The most important is that our childern be with us the right time; much important than the fact of studying abroad when actually is not the right moment with the excuse that they are going to learn english since early age.

The great learning for them is that they are with their parents.

Therefore, up to ten years it is advisable that our children stay by our side, and from Via Families we advise you not to travel to learn languages ​​before eleven.

At the same time we should bear in mind that for an adult time passes much faster than for a child; sending our son/daughter two months away will take forever, especially if he/she is younger than eleven years old and needs to be at his parents’ side.

The ideal for their education will be to study abroad as they take off from us, although for this it will be necessary to have previously planted a good education. Only then can we reap fruit at maturity.

And those parents who do not make a good educational seeding, will be those who later feel afraid to send their children abroad; parents who will harbor doubts in the education offered and who will fear that their children will go deeper in the world of drugs – or in inappropriate behaviors.

So, a good option is for our son to make a first trip of a couple of weeks with a friend or acquaintance; a joint experience and more pleasant.

The important thing is not that our children learn languages ​​but that they know how to get away from home, and for that, we must give them security.

Having had a solid childhood will bring them a strong maturity, being this type of children suitable for studying abroad.

We are talking about children who, without a doubt, will not suffer from a close attachment and who will know how to face the world.

So, do not have to run.

The ideal is to send our children overseas in a phased manner; first to Europe and then to more distant destinations.

Let’s not forget the most appropriate ages so that our children can enjoy the experience.

We, as parents, should not force our children to study abroad, but motivate them to want to live an experience that will mark them for future outings.

Talking with our children before making the decision and teaching them the virtues of destiny will be the best decision we can make, initially.

From Via Families we encourage you to adequately inform yourself of the best options for your children.

Ana Trinxet

Ceo y Fundadora de Via Families.

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Via Families and the alliances with associations and brands

In Via Families we are doing collaborations with entities, companies and associations in favor of the families that are on our platform.

But, what is the main purpose of this collaborations?

To undestand it better, it is important to comeback to how the idea of our alliances arose.

By chance, Raúl Sánchez, the director of Large Families in Europe, saw one of our tweets published by Via Families and decided to get in touch with us and told us that he was interested in our platform and also he wanted to know how he could help their families.

That first interest resulted in a mutual collaboration agreement and, as a result, several families of the Large Families Association of Europe started enrolling on Via Families platform.

Families that were going to be able to relate with guarantees and between them under the same seal of their association.

That experience led Via Families to develop the concept within the platform, and likewise, be able to validate the families with a reference seal/stamp with which to meet and relate.

That is, the seal or frame under which families agreed, validated that the family was real and not a false profile. These were people who were already part of an association, with specific interests common to other families of the platform.

Thanks to this system, families started searching within Via Families platform, since being part of the Large Families Association of Europe gave them confidence, security and guarantee.

From this fact, every time that VIA FAMILIES went to an association and explained the benefits of belonging to a brand, the interest was immediate.

It is difficult that an association or company is not interested in grouping all its members. In Via Families we consider that this fact provides a plus of confidence and guarantee; its an added value.

That means, we must understand that a brand or logo are not only useful to sell a product or service, but can contribute much more than a purely commercial aspect.

What the brand possesses are values ​​and has a social mission that we have not assumed in all its magnitude yet.

Our proposal to brands, companies and associations is to use our platform so that families can identify themselves under their umbrella – as a guarantee -.

Nowadays, the logo of a company only has value when the worker leaves the company and includes it in his resume to find a new job.

But if the brand decides to get involved on our platform, it will be granting a higher value to its employees, who will be able to go to Via Families and join with other families with similar needs.

Indirectly the employees will become an ambassador of the brand and the company will loyalty and empathize with their needs.

Likewise, all the families included on the platform will know that the brand is involved with its workers and that they collaborate in international education.

Associations such as Celiac of Catalonia can be coupled to Via Famlies and we, at the same time, get on the platform celiac associations from other parts of the world.

With this organic system, a huge community is created among families that, in one way or another, suffer the same problem.

Therefore, the Via Families model is a whole universe and ecosystem of associations, entities and companies, which feed each other while giving meaning.

Let’s give an example to illustrate it better. Imagine the profile of a notary who belongs to the tennis club in your city. His children go to a certain school and belong to a celiac association.

In Via Families can find other families with some common aspects and generate positive synergies.

In addition, this kind of information is not personal, so the individual will keep their confidentiality more sensitive such as the phone, the email address, etc.

In this way, Via Families offers a range of options so that families can get in touch and share interests.

Ana Trinxet

Ceo y Fundadora de Via Families.

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World Braille Day

Every 4th of January, is celebrated the World Braille Day, the alphabetic embossed system created to represent letters, punctuation marks, numbers and mathematic symbols contributing to the blind people a valid and efficient tool for Reading, writing and giving the Access to the education, the culture and the information.

It consists on a combination of six raised points divided into cells, organized as a matrix of 3 rows and 2 columns that allows to get 64 different combinations, including the one without a point, which is used as blank (to separate the words), also the differentiating special signs to convert a capital letter, number or a musical note. Usually they are listed top to bottom and left to right.

The UN has recognized and proclaimed the World Braille Day, to celebrate each 4th of January, highlighting multilingualism as a basic value of de UN. The principal main is promote awareness about the importance of braille as a media for full human fulfillment toward the blind people or visually impaired individuals. This day was chosen because of the inventor of the language, Louis Braille birthday (January 4th, 1809).

Louis was playing with some tools in his father’s workshop, and he had an accident with the sharp awl in one of his eyes, so he got an infection, that soon spread and blinding him in both eyes when he was 3 years old. He was learnt to read by feeling studs hammered into pieces of wood in the shapes of letters and numbers. Later, when he was 10 years old, he was accepted in a school, called Institute for Blind Children in Paris where they used crossed twigs were used to signify the letters of the alphabet. There, he also learnt to play cello and organ.

The idea of create the braille language started by the French Captain Charles Barbier, after the Napoleonic Wars; he invented the “night writing” that consisted of raised dots on cardboard used to send written messages on battlefields by night. The Captain continued promoting his writing method to other militaries, but they refused to use it. In 1820, Captain Barbier had the idea that maybe his system could be used by the blind people, so he took it to the school in the rue St-Victor (where Louis was a student).

Louis was tasked to evaluate the Barbiers system; he thought it was interesting but very plain to help blind people. Since that day, Louis Braille got inspired to adapt and complete his own system. And till 1824 (when he was 15 years old), finally he had finished his six dots system in varying patterns cells as domino, providing 63 permutations for different letters and numbers, including the “space” symbol. Later he also included musical notes.

The other students started using his method, because it was a tool to learn easily. Nevertheless, the school didn’t make it official because of the high price, they didn’t have enough money. Years later, Louis Braille, started to teach in that school using his own method of learning.

In 1826, he published his 32 pages book, named “Method of Writing Language, Plain Chant and Music, by Means of Raised Points for the Use of Blind Persons” (printed in embossed text).

Curious fact: on December 30 of 2014, the Braille language had been patented; therefore, it limited its use in any product. The Spanish Braille Commission and the ONCE Foundation, fought for the freedom of use, fulfilling the communicative and inclusive purpose.

As usual, there you have a video in which Deinny, a nine years old girl (part of the skating team, she plays some percussion instruments, sings, participate in the Astronomy club, she loves to read and enjoys every single moment of her live even though she could not see), she teach us how the braille system works and how her process has been.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YepYQZOZJ4

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Travelling and learning languages: another cheap and simple alternative– Article “Making Family”

If we read the press daily, new platforms, instruments and tools appear in order to learn or improve languages. Netflix for example has a channel that helps you improve your languages ​​by watching movies and they have already created simultaneous translation devices such as TRAVIS.

Learning languages ​​has become an imperative in the education of our children and it is not enough with one language anymore. Alejandro Ferrer director of the Educational Consultancy MCM says that “a language is mastered when you can make and understand jokes in that language”.

Since the crisis began, families are investing 28% more in the education of their children according to the newspaper La Vanguardia and one of the fields where the investment has grown is in mobility and language education abroad.

In Spain, the foreign language is considered one of the most important subjects.

Agencies and educational consultants such as MCM Educational Consultants help parents make the best academic and curriculum decisions abroad, but they are priced, and sometimes not affordable to all families, especially if they have more than one child then the expense is multiplied.

As many experts say, it is in linguistic immersion where one really learns a language, it becomes internalized in all linguistic aspects and is definitively entrenched in our minds.

 

Why invest in languages?

It is one of the questions in education that perhaps has more than one answer. The globalized world in which we live, forces young people to master one or two languages ​​in addition to the mother tongue.

Languages ​​have been and continue to be a degree in training, something difficult to learn if you live with natives of the host country, so for centuries studying in a foreign country has been part of the same educational process.

A few days ago, the newspaper Mercado published: “Speaking another language changes the structure of the brain. It makes the mind more malleable. A group of polyglots working together will be a group with original thinking. ”

Androulla Vassiliou, in an interview with Aprendemas.com (2002), said: “There is no denying that languages ​​open borders and new possibilities and job opportunities that without them would definitely not exist, but as the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, : “Language learning is money well spent, as it is an investment in the future of our young people in particular and in the future of Europe” and “monolingualism is a luxury that we cannot afford.”

Young people need to know other cultures and countries as it makes them more tolerant and open to diversity.

 

What does the market offer to travel and learn languages?

Although the best option is to immerse ourselves in another culture and impregnate ourselfs with it, it has turned out to be the least economical with the options that were offered up until now. Agencies representing schools, clubs, camps, payment families, academies … require very high costs that many families cannot afford.

With the emergence of collaborative economies, new ways are also open for languages ​​and families, and Via Families is an example of this, a platform for international exchanges for families and students, without agencies or intermediaries, getting to know and choosing the family personally to make invitation exchanges.

 

What does Via Families offer you?

Via Families offers an international network of families and students to make language, sporting or cultural exchanges, joining common interests and needs, around education, sport, culture or languages.

The possibility of choosing and deciding where, when, how and with whom to make an exchange, travel or receive a student.

Students travel and know other cultures, practice their favorite sports or hobbies and perfect or learn another language thanks to other families like yours.

Nobody better than parents and students to know the type of family they want, when and how they want to make the invitation or exchange. They do not need intermediaries but only one channel to get to know them: Via Families is the simplest channel available to international education.

 

How does collaborative economy work in languages?

Via Families Community

Like many other collaborative economies that are so in vogue (AirBnB, BlaBlaCar or Home Exchange) it relies on help. Helping each other by saving intermediaries and agencies, lowering costs to the maximum, based on mutual needs and interests.

In only 3 steps you can contact who you want: registering, creating profile and contacting. Nothing simpler, safer, easier and cheaper. Families have the option to contact anonymously through the platform’s messaging service until they decide to share their data.

Guarantee, security and confidence

Validate the identity, associating the profile with the social networks of Facebook and LinkedIn (this will remain hidden), belonging to an association, school, federation or company, upload a legal document to your profile … all sums up in Via Families to prove the validity of Your identity.

In addition, Via Families already has the support of several sports federations like the Catalan Federation of Tennis and the Spanish, French Federation South of Tennis, ELFAC Numerous Families of Europe, or Group Romeu. All of them have joined Via Families to endorse the profile of their employees, federated or associates. A further guarantee of confidence for other families.