Meeting with UNESCO Viet Nam: Bioliteracy and Sustainable Schools

hanoi, vietnam, UNESCO, Javier Collado, Katherine Muller Marin,

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.

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.

GLOBAL EDUCATION MAGAZINE

Global Education Magazine is inspired by universal values of the Declaration of Emerging Human Rights that aims to contribute to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by United Nations (MDGs) which is supported by the Regional Offices of Latin America and the Caribbean of UNESCO and UNHCR. An initiative launched by the teaching team that formulated the proposal most voted in the group “Sustainable Development for the Eradication of Poverty in Rio+20”. Global Education Magazine is an educational magazine with international character that seeks to promote ideas and experiences from the work of educational professionals, as well as NGOs, Voluntary Associations, Supranational, National, Regional and Local Institutions and Organizations, that struggle every day to achieve the MDGs

Reflecting on the value and significance of education in the globalized era of the 21st century requires tackling global dynamics (economic, political, cultural, social, educational, etc.) with new forms of cooperation and democratic social organization to respond to the challenge of governance in a cosmopolitan society. Therefore, we consider that the new network societies promoting a better awareness of the problems of a local-global and global-local: the “glocal issues”.

Our mission is to establish a meeting point between different educational agents from all around the world. We wish to provide new opportunities for creation, dissemination and exchange of experiences and multi, inter and transdisciplinary knowledge that serve for formulation and organization of a new, complex thinking and humanistic and philanthropic feeling to interpret the currently world, respecting their cultural diversity fully, because the peace, poverty eradication and sustainable development can only be the result of equity, sprouted from the appreciation and respect for cultural diversity.

This plurality is intrinsic in our work philosophy and our holistic vision of the internationalist education, because we welcome the publication of articles in any official language. This sustains the source of life and the equity of the multi and intercultural society-world. For that reason, publishing your articles will be free!

On what basis we can establish a society-world that was a source of development for all and, especially, for less developed countries?

Global Education Magazine aims to create new forms of solidarity between the different educational agents that are struggling to achieve the MDGs, as well as awareness of world-society, present and future, on the “glocal issues”.

A desire that requires the integration of a new ethic based on respect for differences, involves decision, political will, mobilization and organization of all educational agents to foster a dynamic and critical thinking that generate new ideas which promote economic and social development. This is aimed to create a better world in the future: without social exclusion, destitution, racism and economic domination.

In summary, Global Education Magazine aims to disseminate creative, innovative and transversal educational experiences and ideas from the formal ambit, non formal and informal, to break with the existing positivist and technocratic paradigms of the past that reduce our students in passive citizens and a-critical consumers, because we have as educational horizon the freedom and the emancipation of human beings in any case and corner of the world.

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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!