Building a Global Citizens Movement

Global citizens movement

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.

Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace International), Javier Collado y Feliciano Reyna (Acción Solidaria en VIH:Sida), global education magazine, unesco, acnur, unhcr,

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“.

OREALC/UNESCO supports Global Education Magazine

Along with Andrew Pascoe: KMS Knowledge Management Section in OREALC/UNESCO

Education for Life visited on July 30, 2012 the Regional Office of Education of UNESCO for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), headquartered in Santiago, Chile, in order to consolidate their support to the new initiative Global Education Magazine.

An initiative that was born in Rio +20 after getting your education proposal was the most voted worldwide in the “Sustainable Development for the eradication of poverty“, and aims to disseminate educational experiences aimed at these issues.

Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

Mr. Sha Zukang, Rio+20 General-Secretary, congratulating Javier Collado

Education for Life NGO was invited to attend Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Javier Collado submitted a proposal for educational reform at global level (you can read it here: proposal for Rio+20) which was one of the most voted throughout the world in the group of Sustainable Development for Eradication of Poverty.

Javier Collado promocionando la Educación Global en Rio+20

Javier Collado promoting  Global Education in Rio+20

VOTE FOR THE FUTURE YOU WANT, Education for Life

In this way, on June 16, 2012, the proposal was submitted to extensive discussion with the Heads of State from over 100 countries:

The educational proposal aims to contribute to achieve the Millennium Development Goals for 2015 and 2025 created, among others, by the Director of the Earth Institute Mr. Jeffrey D. Sachs.

With Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute

In this conference, Education for Life had the opportunity to meet great people from all over the world, who provided outstanding work and visions to achieve Sustainable Development. After one week of conversations between 65,000 people coming from all over the world, it was launched the “The Future We Want“.

With Serven Cullis-Suzuki, Board at David Suzuki Foundation  

With Marcos Tenera (Intertribal Committee Chair) and Márcia Lopez (Ex-Minister of Development and hunger in Brazil)

With Judith Sutz, Academic Coordinator at the University of the Republic in Montevideo (Uruguay)

With Victor Trucco (Honor President at AAPRESID) and Lourdes Huanca (President at National Federation of Rural Women Workers, and Indigenous Artisans of Peru) 

Además, el Presidente de la ONG ha presentado, junto con profesionales de otros continentes, una conferencia en La Cúpula de los Pueblos, el mayor evento de movilización civil de todo el mundo, donde se ha hablado sobre el Empoderamiento de la Educación. Educación como llave para un mundo justo y sostenible.

In addition, the President of the NGO presented, together with other professionals from different continents, a conference in The Peoples´ Summit, the largest event of civil mobilization around the world, where he spoke about how “Empowering Future. Education as a key for a just and sustainable world”.

With some member of CONCORD, CIVICUS and Council of Europe

Education for Life promotes a humanistic and philanthropic vision of education as a social engine to achieve sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Participation in International Conferences of the United Nations Sustainable Development Rio+20

The NGO “Education for Life” has been invited to the International Conference of United Nations on Sustainable Development Rio+20, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in June 2012.

At these conferences attended by over 100 heads of state around the world, but there are different debates spaces for the participation of NGOs, governments and the private sector, and Education for Life will present its proposal for Global Education in Sustainable Development Dialogues between 16 and June 19, 2012.

You can find our proposal here. They will have to go to the group “Sustainable development to combat poverty” and that will “promote global education to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development.

We hope your participation to improve future education of our sons and daughters, with a humanistic and philanthropy education!