This week’s lesson focuses on the subject of human rights, and in particular a document that is widely considered one of the most significant international political achievements of the twentieth century: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The United Nations adopted the UDHR on 10th December 1948, and every year it marks the anniversary of the event by promoting a worldwide ‘Human Rights Day’.
This week’s lesson focuses on Ludwig van Beethoven, an eccentric musical genius regarded as one of the greatest composers in history. He was baptized on 17th December 1770 (his exact date of birth is unknown).
This lesson focuses on haggis, the distinctive dish traditionally consumed as part of the Burns Night celebrations held in Scotland on or around 25th January. This is the anniversary of the birthday of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns.
The subject of this week’s lesson is Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), the foremost political and spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement during the last years of British colonial rule in India. He is perhaps best known for advocating ‘non-violent resistance’. He was assassinated on 30th January 1948, not long after India had finally achieved independence.
The subject of this week’s lesson is Valentine’s Day, an annual cause of intense emotions and huge expenditure. It is, of course, celebrated on 14th February.
The subject of this week’s lesson is Kurt Cobain, who rose to international fame in the early 1990s as the lead singer of American pop group Nirvana. He was born on 20th February 1967.
This week’s lesson takes a look at the planet Mars, often imagined by science-fiction writers as the home of an alien civilization. The first spacecraft to carry out experiments on the surface of Mars was NASA’s Viking 1, which landed on the planet on 20th July 1976.
Ahead of the anniversary of the release in the United States of a film containing the first appearance of Bugs Bunny on 27th July 1940, this lesson focuses on the subject of cartoons
This week’s lesson focuses on the subject of languages. The ‘European Day of Languages’, aimed at encouraging language learning in the countries of the European Union, takes place every year on 26th September.