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.

School Day of Non-violence and Peace: interviewing Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza

(Read full interview here)

Javier Collado met Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza to interview him with special motive of “School Day of Non-violence and Peace“, held every January 30 in honor of Mahatma Gandhi.

Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza was Director General of UNESCO from 1987 to 1999, and since 2000 chaired the Foundation for a Culture of Peace. It is also one of the main ideologists of the Universal Declaration of Democracy.

The interview was published in the 2nd edition of Global Education Magazine with special topic in “School Day of Non-violence and Peace”, where also participated current Director General of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova.

From Education for Life, we encourage all our followers to read Global Education Magazine, as well as share ideas and experiences.

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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