“We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.”
― Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth
As many of you probably know, Journey to the Center of Earth –Voyage au centre de la Terre- is one of the most popular science fiction novels in the 19th century. It is written by Jules Verne in 1864. Basically, the plot tells the story a prestigious scientist who decided to discover how the center of Earth looked like. For that reason, he started an amazing journey in which he and his team will find an undiscovered world full of surprising and dangerous adventures.
Children love adventures, they love the adrenaline when they make a new discovery. For that reason, 4º ESO graders -16 years old students- are going to make their own adventure based on Journey to the Center of Earth: would it be possible to make a journey as the characters of the Julio Verne’s novel made?
For this project, we are working in cooperative groups, and they are working on doing research about our earth. In fact, we are trying to demonstrate that the novel is basically impossible from a geological point of view. This objective is not easy, and many times the kids need to face new challenging making a fundamental thesis to cope with each geological subject that the novel includes.
Why Journey to the Center of Earth is a sci-fi novel? Why it cannot be real? Have you ever imagined there would be a new whole world below us? We will show you the truth very soon…
Education is the most powerful weapon for the humankind. A certain number of people is lucky enough to be educated without any difficulties or obstacles. Some others though, must work to make ends meet, some others struggle to survive life in a war zone, and others they live in remote or undeveloped areas. Regardless to any living conditions all people have a right to education. Those less fortunate probably appreciate education and literacy a lot more than the people who have had access to education. Sometimes teenagers complain that they have a lot of homework or they are bored of school and that they would prefer to stay at home or enjoy their day somewhere else. There are those children though, who are given a textbook, or a pencil and they are very happy that they will learn how to read and write. On the 31st of January Cyprus celebrates ‘The day of letters’ and on that very day people celebrate and honor the right to education. The international day of education was celebrated on the 24th of January, so the IMS students and teachers decided to organise a book fair. Students and teachers cooperated for this event which consisted of donated books which were sold for €2 each. This was a charity event and the money raised from the fair went to the children in Kenya to fund school supplies. That was a great idea in order to help children to learn something new, as well as share our own knowledge by donating the books we read, so other people can read them as well. We always need to remind ourselves and the people around us that education is everyone’s right, and that we should never be deprived of our right to literacy and enlightenment.