World Education Forum 2015 (Incheon, Republic of Korea)

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Participants of the World Education Forum after the Closing Ceremony 

The World Education Forum 2015 took place in May 18-21, in Incheon, Republic of korea. More than 1,500 participants were invited by the UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, with more than 100 Ministers of Education, heads and members of delegations, heads of agencies and officials of multilateral and bilateral organizations, and representatives of civil society, the teaching profession, youth and the private sector. Along UNESCO, the Government of Korea, UNICEF, the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women, and UNHCR, made contributions to lead this milestone event for Education 2030.

On this historic occasion, we reafirm the vision of the worldwide movement for Education for All (EFA) initiated in Jomtien in 1990 and reiterated in Dakar in 2000 – the most important commitment to education in recent decades and which has helped drive significant progress in education. Having taken stock of progress made towards the EFA goals since 2000 and the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the lessons learned, and having examined the remaining challenges and deliberated on the proposed 2030 education agenda and the Framework for Action as well as on future priorities and strategies for its achievement, the participants have adopted the Incheon Declaration “Education 2030: Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.

Before the official start of the World Education Forum 2015, the 2015 NGO Forum took place with civil society represents from all the world, where was asopted the “2015 NGO Forum Declaration: Towards the Right to Inclusive Quality Public Education and Lifelong Learning Beyond 2015.

During the press conference celebrated after the Open Ceremony of the World Education Forum 2015, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, they expressed the important role of building a global citizenship to be succeed with the educational targets of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

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Javier Collado Ruano interviewing Mr Kailash Satyarthi, Laureate of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize 

The presence of Mr. Kailash Satyarthi (avobe), 2014 Nobel Peace Prize along Malala Yousafzai, was highlighted in the World Education Forum 2015. Javier Collado had the opportunity to interview him for the next edition of Global Education Magazine, with occasion of the International Youth Day.

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Representatives and Ministers of Education and Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean gathered at the World Education Forum 2015 during the May 21 joint statement.

In harmony with the new educational agenda 2030, the Ministers of Education and Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean prepared an official statement in which they compromised to advance in quality education systems, reaffirming that education is a fundamental human right, the basis for ensuring the realization of other rights, and is essential for prosperity and peaceful, inclusive, equitable, and sustainable growth in the region. During the meetings, we also had the opportunity to interview the Minister of Education of Brazil, Mr. Renato Janine Ribeiro (left) and Minister of Education of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Mr. Roberto Aguilar Gomez (right).

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The World Education Forum 2015 was a meeting point between the different educational agents worldwide to promote participatory contexts and including cultural diversity to achieve the targets of post-2015 sustainable development agenda. A commitment fixed in Rio+20 where the Open Working Group led by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs has been working in the last months to elaborate the objectives and indicators of the new Sustainable Development Goals (ODS) for 2030, where education is the SDG4 and seeks to ensure an inclusive, equitable and quality education promoting lifelong learning for all.

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Javier Collado Ruano along Jeffrey Sachs, coordinator of the Open Working Group

Prof. Javier Collado Ruano talking about Global Citizenship Education (UNESCO)

Prof Javier Collado Ruano talking about Global Citizenship Education (UNESCO)

In this context of globalization, there is growing interest in global citizenship education (GCED), signaling a shift in the role and purpose of education to that of forging more just, peaceful, tolerant and inclusive societies. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), launched in 2012, has been instrumental in raising awareness of the importance of global citizenship to building a better future for all. UNESCO, in response to the increasing demand from its Member States for support in empowering learners to become responsible global citizens, has made GCED one of its key education objectives for the next eight years (2014-2021).

Prof. Javier Collado Ruano was invited to attend Rio+20 after his proposal “THE VALUE OF GLOBAL EDUCATION AS AN ENGINE TO PROMOTE POVERTY ERADICATION AND TO ACHIEVE A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ” was the most voted by civil society around the world. Prof. Collado has been traveling around more than 50 countries in the last years in order to create innovative proposals for the “Global Citizenship Education” proposed by UNESCO.

You can read more about his job here: ufba.academia.edu/JavierColladoRuano

Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, becomes Honorary Membership at Global Education Magazine

Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Building Peaceful and Sustainable Societies: Preparing for Post-2015

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Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and Javier Collado Ruano in Paris (France)

Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Building Peaceful and Sustainable Societies: Preparing for Post-2015 took place on January 28-30, 2015, in UNESCO Head-Quarter Paris. Global Citizenship Education (GCED) aims to equip learners of all ages with those values, knowledge and skills that are based on and instill respect for human rights, social justice, diversity, gender equality, and environmental sustainability and that empower leaners to be responsible global citizens. GCED gives learners the competencies and opportunity to realize their rights and obligations to promote a better world and future for all.

For measurement purposes and the development of educational goals, objetives and learning outcomes, UNESCO made a consultation with experts from around the world, where Javier Collado Ruano was invited as Director of Edition at Global Education Magazine. During the congress, Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova received the reward of Honorary Membership in Global Education Magazine for her life commitment in Education, Peace, Human Rights, and Sustainable Development.

At the international event, Javier Collado had the opportunity to let experts know about his work Global Citizenship Education and Sustainable Development Goals: A Transdisciplinary and Biomimetic Perspective“, a research that seeks to integrate eco-ethics as a pedagogical practice in the implementation of the GCED: identifying the vital axises that constitute the interdependence of ecosystems to make a biomimetic application in social, political, and educational structures of human systems.

The Forum was opened by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Highlights participants included: Amira Yahyaoui, President of the Tunisian NGO Al-Bawsala; Kim Se Yeon, Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea; Tarald Brautaset, Special Education Evnoy of the Norwegian GovernmentGloria Mercedes Carrasco, Education Under-Secretary, District of Bogota (Colombia); Abe Radkin Director of the Aladdin Project for intercultural dialogue; Carlos Alberto Torres, Chair-holder, UNESCO Chair on Global learning and global citizenship education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Patrice Brodeur, Director of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue; Aarti Saihjee of the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) Secretariat; Susan Hopgood, President of Education International; Peter Ronald de Souza, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

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Javier Collado talking with Carlos Alberto Torres and Peter Ronald de Souza about GCED 

A Tribute to Ninoy Aquino from the Philippine ITI-Earthsavers UNESCO DREAM Center

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Joe Lad, Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, and Javier Collado Ruano

In August 2014, Director of Edition at Global Education Magazine, Javier Collado, was invited by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, Director at “ITI-Earthsavers UNESCO DREAM Center in Philippines”, to attend Ninoy Aquino Movement. On the occasion of the 31st Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Ninoy Aquino, Cecile and Javier had an interview in DZRH radio, where they talked about their meeting in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the youth development policies of UNESCO DREAM Center in the Philippines, the last interview done in the International Day of Woman, Global Citizenship Education proposed by UNESCO, and the solidary project of Global Education Magazine.

The National Tribute to Ninoy Aquino was organized by the authorities of the Manila International Airport, in cooperation with the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, ATOM/Spirit of EDSA/Kalampagin Konsiyensyang Kinakalawang, and UNESCO DREAM Center of the Philippines. During the commemorative ceremony, were noted the messages from Dr. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and HE Benigno C. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines.

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In addition, Memorial Lectures on Human Rights and Democracy were also performed by people Awarded with Ninoy Aquino Medal of Valor:

– Fernando Martin O. Pena (NAM Freedom Fighters youth sector)

– Charito Planas (LABAN Candidates Allies)

– Dr. Alejandro R. Roces (Posthumous – Artist/Educator)

– Arnold Zeitlin (FOCAP)

– AP and Posthumously Sandra Burton (Time Magazine)

– Michael Posner (Committee of lawers for Human Rights)

– H.E. former President Jimmy Carter (Human Rights Policy)

– H.E. Vice-President Jejomar Binay (Human Rights Advocate and Defender against coup attempts)

Meeting with UNESCO Viet Nam: Bioliteracy and Sustainable Schools

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Aitor Bilbo, Javier Collado, Katherine Muller Marin and Juan Pablo Ramirez

The last month of July 2014, Education for Life NGO President, Javier Collado, had the opportunity to visit Viet Nam UNESCO in Ha Noi. During the event, Mrs. Katherine Muller Marin, UNESCO Chief Representative in Vietnam, was talking about the coordination that UNESCO has been enhanced between schools and local authorities on Education for Sustainable Development. She also expressed the importance to change the traditional education focused in concepts and terminologies, by increasing participatory methodologies to make communities more prepared, resilient and sustainable.

In this sense, schools and their surrounding communities are under constant threat. The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), UNESCO and Samsung Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Initiative in Viet Nam has made significant steps to create an enabling environment for schools and communities to identify their own risks and threats and to develop and implement joint plans. Most importantly, the Initiative promotes the need for preparing bioliterate citizens who understand Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration is one of the most relevant tools for disaster preparedness and climate change mitigation. “Bioliteracy is the ability to understand the language of life. Bioliterate citizens are those capable of developing in harmony with nature,” expressed Mrs. Muller Marin. “Under the guidance of the Ministry of Education and Training, Viet Nam Man and Biosphere Programme, UNESCO and the Biosphere Reserve Management Board, children have increased their knowledge on the challenges linked to Education for Sustainable Development such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and other environmental issues.

In the meeting, they also talked about the technical consultation on Global Citizenship Education and the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development – Learning Today for a Sustainable Future  which will take place on 10-12 November in Japan with the occasion of the end of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Meeting with UNESCO Cambodia in Phnom Penh

Mr. Santosh Khatri, Education Specialist at UNESCO Cambodia, Javier Collado, Global Education MagazineLast month of June 2014, Javier Collado had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Santosh Khatri, Education Specialist at UNESCO Cambodia. During the meeting Mr. Khatri talked about the job of UNESCO with the Ministry of Education in Cambodia, the special programs developed to combat literacy, the law number of students at schools, and also about the future Global Citizenship Education proposed by UNESCO.

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TheATLAS Conference 2014: Transdisciplinary, Transnational, and Transcultural

theAtTLAS, Basarab Nicolescu, Educar para Vivir, Global Education MagazineTheATLAS Conference 2014: Transdisciplinary, Transnational, and Transcultural, took place in Taichung (Taiwan) at Asia University during June 8-13, 2014. The International Conference program consisted in selected papers emphasizing transdisciplinary, transnational, and transcultural global problems. During the conference, multicultural researchers, practitioners, and educators shared their experiences and thoughts concerning the impact diverse cultural backgrounds have on education.

ATLAS celebrated a special event in order to honoring Professor Dr. Basarab Nicolescu for his contribution to Transdisciplinary. At the same event, Professor Dr. Basarab Nicolescu also accepted to become the first Honorary Membership in Global Education Magazine, an e-journal edited by the NGO Education for Life and DMMDC.

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Dr. Basarab Nicolescu, Cristina Nunez, and Javier Collado

With the title “The Cosmodernity: a Transdisciplinary, Transnational, and Transcultural Approach to Build a Transdemocratic Horizon in the Global Citizenship Education Proposed by UNESCO”, Javier Collado Ruano presented the paper written along his supervisors Dr. Dante Augusto Galeffi and Dr. Roberto Inacio Leon Ponczek from the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil).


We give special thanks to all people met during the congress, specially for Dr. Atila, Batu, Cristina Nunez and Thierre.

Enviroment, Human Development and Recycling Cooperatives

Environment and human development: two big worries for mankind in a world that stills fight against misery and that each year increases environmental crisis. The irrational way that most of industries extracts raw materials and has produced goods, just like the unaware pattern of population’s consumption around the world is something noticeable. The matter of waste disposal from industries and from the population is a very important theme discussed on regional, national and at international institutions like United Nations.

In Brazil, in recent years, we have many examples of public policies for management of solid waste. An example of public policy that combines the worries related to environment and poverty eradication is the support of recycling cooperativesthrough programs and edicts that finances the cooperated. To help those cooperatives to access the government programs some NGOs and academic institutions, like Universidade do Estado da Bahia, aid those cooperatives to build the edicts proposals giving technical and law training.

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Education for Life`s role, with the collaboration of Ana Verena Menezes, is to assist the cooperated to be more competitive and to face socioeconomic difficulties that may happen. An example of that was the creation of a statute for a net of cooperatives giving strength to those groups to fight for their rights and compete for public notices. A parallel action was a big effort to organize the hangars that receives the materials on each one of the 9 cooperatives. During that support the cooperated could do a participative production layout which they designed how they imagine the disposition of their working place. Besides, they made the materials signposts, participated on activities to design products to benefit the raw materials collected, like plastic bottles for example. Another important role was the orientation about the best ways to preserve the working material, work safety, just like group dynamics to make interpersonal relations better between the cooperatives.

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Here in Brazil the collection work is extremely devalued, not just because the prices offered for the materials are very low but because of the stigmatization of very poor people involved with garbage – the things that are neglected, thrown away. At Salvador, just like in most of the country, there is a minimum importance given to garbage, the majority of homes doesn`t recycle their materials and the city is the spot of the biggest popular party in the world, the Carnival. On 2010, Federal Government started a program of solid waste management through 12.305/10 act that stipulates 20% reduction goal on waste until 2015.

Would that public policies give place to a global governance that will eradicate poverty if they are applied on international law?

Nobel Peace Prize, Mr. Frederik de Klerk, as Honorary Member at Education for Life NGO

After attending Global Citizens Movement conferences in Johannesburg, Javier Collado traveled to Cape Town, where he met the ex-President of South Africa, Mr. Frederik Willem de Klerk. In the official act, Mr. de Klerk became Honorary Member at Education for Life NGO.

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Mr. de Klerk was Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize in 1991, Prince of Asturias Award in 1992, and also Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 along Nelson Mandela for their role in the ending of apartheid.

Ex-President de Klerk joined Global Education Magazine at its first edition in International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17th, 2012)where he published “South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world“.

After 20 years of his nobel nomination, in November 2013, Education for Life NGO recognized his distinctive contributions in peacebuilding process during long years of his life. Mr. de Klerk represent a big example of values shared by team members of Education for Life NGO and, for that reason, he is welcome to become the highest grade of membership in our Non-profit institution. It is, in fact, a big pleasure and satisfaction.

Building a Global Citizens Movement

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During November 11th and 12th, 2013, were held the conferences “Building a Global Citizens Movement” in Johannesburg (South Africa). The conferences were organized by DEEEP, CIVICUS and GCAP, being part of the Civil Society Week (November 8th to 15th), which brought together over 200 activists from around the world (see list here). Between those activist, it was included the presence of the Education for Life NGO President, Javier Collado.

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Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace International), Javier Collado and Feliciano Reyna (Acción Solidaria en VIH/Sida)

The main objetives were the following ones:

a. Vision: Exchange, and possibly agree, on a joint narrative of the world we want, and the world we don’t want; b. Linking: Establish and reinforce cross-continental networks towards a global movement of citizens for change; c. Learning: share approaches and practices on emancipatory campaigning and learning.

After several intercultural dialogues with different multireferential perspectives, laid the groundwork for the Johannesburg Declaration. This declaration should outline:

  • The utopia we have for a different world society (vision)
  • How we have to learn differently from each other and together with the people to make this happen (learning)
  • How we think a global movement towards enhancing this vision could emerge (linking).

The core of the Declaration process is therefore an outline of how we see our unique role and the connection between activism and learning, between education and civil society, between local learning and global action (and vice-versa).

Global Citizens Movement

The declaration will serve as a reference paper for the two year process of building a global citizens’ movement, internally with the organizations and people involved and also externally with a wider audience and stakeholders.

To build our community and trust in the process, we believe that it is important that we are clear about the values and principles that we propose. These should guide this process: global balance, inclusive process, general consensus, transparency, vision emerging from participant input, experimental practice, reflective practice.

In addition, during the course of the conference, Javier Collado had the opportunity to present vision of the future in a side event, entitled: “Worldlogy: A New Transhumanist, Transcultural and Transpolitical Vision to Interconnect Global Citizenship“.