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Charlé LaMonica | August 11, 2020

A Treasure of Today is Knowledge

No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world and normally he doesn’t know it.  

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist  


Dear K-12 and community college educators,

The theme of the book The Alchemist, first published in 1988 by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, is a powerful tale of a shepherd boy on a journey to find his treasure. Originally published in Portuguese, it is one of the best-selling books in history with more than 67 million copies in print. Along his way, the shepherd boy comes across many obstacles but perseveres under the guidance of a wise man.

Through the years, literature teachers all over the world have taught this book in their classrooms. Published in more than 67 languages, it is extremely relevant today, as people from all countries journey through this pandemic. The treasure of today is knowledge…teachers providing a meaningful educational experience for their students. Teachers everywhere in the world serve as wise men and women helping students navigate these tumultuous times.  

As North Carolina educators and our national and global partners work through this challenging time with their students, the UNC World View team extends a re-enforced commitment to equip K-12 and community college educators with global content needed that will help prepare students to become the next generation of global leaders.

As written in The Alchemist, “every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world and normally he doesn’t know it.” These days, across the globe, students, families and communities worldwide are well aware that teachers are currently playing a central role in the history of the world. The UNC World View team stands with our K-12 and community college colleagues to serve students. 

All the best to every educator in North Carolina and beyond as you begin this unprecedented academic year.

Sincere regards,

Charlé LaMonica
Director, UNC World View