School In Ireland Replaced Homework With 'Acts Of Kindness' For A Month

Most of us learned about compassion and empathy from our family members. This Irish school, though, is setting a new precedent by ditching homework for one month and assigning "acts of kindness" to its students instead

Children who study at the Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Uí Choileáin in Clonakilty were assigned "acts of kindness" instead of "traditional homework" – for at least one month.

On Mondays, the children are asked to reach out to an elderly individual and communicate with them. On Tuesdays, they're tasked with making a family member's life easier by taking over a chore or helping someone or in something without being asked. Wednesdays are for random acts of kindness, while Thursdays are for doing something compassionate for themselves or taking care of their own mental and physical well-being.

Before holidays, the students are asked to keep track of their kind deeds in a Kindness Diary. The school has even set up a Kindness Bucket where children can write down and deposit positive observations and affirmations to boost their fellow classmates' esteem. On Friday mornings, a teacher randomly chooses a handful of notes and reads them out loud.
Each class has also been tasked with working in a collective act of kindness for the community.

 This challenge is first brainstormed by the students, then conducted as a team. The unique curriculum has been in place for the past three years. The result is incredibly positive and deemed to be a huge success.

2,000 IPhone for Cruise Ship Passengers Quarantined Over Coronavirus

At the beginning of the month, the Princess Diamond cruise ship with around 3,700 passengers (between travelers and crew) was quarantined in water in front of the Yokohama city port, south of Tokyo. 

This is after knowing that a passenger who landed in Hong Kong was a carrier of the Coronavirus virus.

The passengers were confined in their cabins to avoid contagion. And one of the measures taken by the Japanese authorities has been to deliver iPhones to the passengers. As we have learned, the authorities handed over 2,000 iPhones to cruise passengers.

If you wonder why iPhones were delivered?. Well, the Ministry of Health of Japan has an app that allows patients to communicate with doctors. The authorities considered that giving each passenger or family an iPhone with this preinstalled app would be the best way for them to receive medical advice.

The original idea was to deliver cheaper Android smartphones. But there were doubts about whether the app would work correctly on those phones, so iPhones were chosen. The photographs that accompany this article, taken on the cruise in question, suggest that passengers receiving an iPhone 6s, that is, a 2015 model.

Passengers are already leaving the ship. Passengers over 80 years of age, with any medical condition or with a cabin without a window are disembarking to be transported to a land facility where they will be confined until February 19.

We do not know if the passengers will have to return the iPhones to the authorities once the quarantine is finished. Although we assume that this is their last concern at the moment.