For the last 2 days in Chile, there was a huge mobilization in media, money, people and emotion.
This movement was centered around a 27-hour-long charity TV show called “Theater Teletón” on which Chile took an initiative position 36 years ago, followed by other countries in Latin America. There are also similar campaigns in Europe, Asia (including Japan).
Here is how Teletón Chile works: it tries to raise money every year (except presidential election year) during those 2 days of the show in order to construct or maintain “Teletón”, the centers of rehabilitation for the People with Disabilities(PwD). This TV show tells us many heartwarming stories of PwD in order to reach the targeting amount of donation (around 50 million dollars), and in most cases, it achieves the goal.
First of all, I have to admit this show really functions in a way that makes us want to donate. But at the same time, I cast doubt on whether this is a sustainable approach to promote social inclusion, which Teletón says is its main goal.
How many times have you felt danger or insecurity in the place where you live?
What’s irony is that the more secure it is, the less you tend to be aware of it.
My friends who don’t know Chile usually ask the following questions:
“Is Chile a safe country?” And I always say “Although this region (Latin America and the Caribbean) is known for its high homicide rate, Chile is relatively very sefa.”
But ladies and gentlemen, it seems I am having second thought in this regard.
Those who read the previous entry (“Two Fathers or Two Mothers”), what did you think? Personally, I thought that was a theme which makes us think about “happiness” and “normality” in the society regardless of hetero/homo sexuality.
Those who did not read it, please do so before going forward, because I think it would be an interesting comparison between the previous one and what I am going to put: an irony which could exist in “normal” families.
Whenever I had a teacher-parent meeting as a school teacher, I unconsciously expected two persons (a man and a woman) to knock the classroom’s door, and each case met the expectation. However, had it not been the case, like the one in which two men come in, I would have been surprised because of my prejudice toward a parent (a father and a mother).
In Chile, there is an interesting initiative in order to tackle that prejudice. That experiment is to provide schools and libraries a book called “Nicolas has two fathers (Nicolás tiene dos papás) which talks about one preschool kid who has two fathers. And what’s interesting to me is that in Chile―the country which has one of the highest inequality rate and a large catholic population (which tends to be against homosexuality)― this initiative has opened up a big debate.
As the “Chilean 18” ―one of the most important Chilean weekends for the patriot day on Sept 18― is about to finish, it seems to me that Sept 11 (the day of military coup) was long time ago.
Since we human beings forget things, we tend to register some important events like Chilean 9.11 as a history. But sometimes it’s not that simple: it is quite surprising to see how little is written about the 17-year-long dictatorship in Chilean history textbook.
Likewise, in Thailand, on the other side of the planet, the historical person (not even an “event”) is about to be erased from its history.
In September you can see a lot of national flags on the streets, since Sept 18 is national patriot day and people prepare for the celebration.
But there is other big event, where people use the flag to manifest a forgettable event, o rather an event for not forgetting as if to say “Do you remember that day?”
School Director―I guess those who had any kind of education have seen this person.
But for someone like me who didn’t have much relationship with them, it might be hard to understand what they are doing except giving a long speech at any circumstances or saying good morning in front of the school entrance.
Given that there is another movement of their role in Chile in parallel to the educational reform I mentioned on the previous entry, I would like to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about them.