Interview with “Mama” Hawa Aden Mohamed, 2012 Nansen Refugee Award

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Javier Collado interviews Hawa Aden Mohamed with special occasion of World Refugee Day. Mrs. “Mama” Hawa was the founder and director of the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development in Puntland, northeastern Somalia. She was declared the winner of the 2012 Nansen Refugee Award. Mohamed is a former refugee who returned to Somalia in 1995, where she launched an education program to assist people uprooted by the country’s persistent conflict.

Photos resource: UNHCR/F.Juez

World Refugee Day: the Hidden Truth of Refugees

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Balata Camp is the largest refugee camp in the West Bank.
The area is 0.25 km2.
The population registered by the UNRWA are 26,500 but the real number in the camp are 28,000.
The unemployment rate in Balata camp is more than 25%.
There are 4 schools in 3 buildings with 6500 students.
Health-care facilities: 1 UNRWA clinic and 2 other health-care centers.
The poverty rate in Balata camp is more than 45%.
More than 40% of the people suffer from chronic diseases (Diabetic, pressure and nerves and respiratory diseases) because of the overcrowded population.

Major problems in Balata:
• High unemployment
• Bad water and sewage network
• High population density
• Overcrowded schools

Video edition: Gonzalo Boronat Badía (Butidog Media)
Realization: Ruth Marjalizo
Translation: Mohammed Saleh

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.

The role of Global Education in the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations

The role of Global Education in the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, Educar para Vivir

On day November 14, 2012, Education for Life presented the International Conference on “The Role of Global Education in the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations“, together with Mr. Dante Augusto Galeffi, Coordinator at Multidisciplinary and Multi-institutional PhD in Dissemination of Knowledge of the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil).

The conference was sponsored by the World Forum “Global Education Conference”, and she highlighted the need to transform the educational curriculum to meet global level to achieve the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. In addition, it also proposes that UNESCO baptized the next decade 2015-2025 educational as “Global Education”.

You can find the Power Point presentation here and listen to the call here.

2nd European Congress on Global Education: Education, Interdependence and Solidarity in a Changing World

The educational team Education for Life participated as facilitators on September 27th and 28th, in the 2nd European Congress on Global Education organized by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in Lisbon, where they met parliamentarians, governments, local and regional authorities, civil society organizations and higher education institutions. The goal was to contribute to the challenges posed by the implementation of Global Education after Declaration of Maastricht in 2002, which requires multilateral policy coordination at all levels.

Manish Jain (Swaraj), Tobias Troll (DEEEP) and Vanessa Andreotti (Univ. de Oulu)

You can find the final document with political strategies to implement the measures adopted here.

Team of facilitators

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Youth Month in Montevideo (Uruguay)

With Matías Rodríguez (National Director of Youth) and other coordinators

Education for Life visited Montevideo (Uruguay) on 16 and 17 August to participate in the International Seminar “2025: Youth with a strategic perspective” organized by the National Youth Institute (INJU). For the seminar was convened national and international experts to discuss youth policies with a medium-term view and reflect on the measures taken today and to be taken to advance the rights of young people.

The seminar aims to recognize the work of young people, of which Rodriguez said to a group of Paysandu who designed the technology as a wheelchair moved by the sound of the voice.

“Being young is not a crime”

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The Forbidden Education

With Germain Doin, Director of “The Forbidden Education”

On day August 13, 2012 , Education for Life was invited to participate in the inauguration of “The Forbidden Education”  in Buenos Aires (Argentina). An independent documentary that began three years ago and collecting more than 100 interviews in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico and Spain.

The documentary questions the virtues of the education system in place for decades and brings the “groundbreaking” vision of teachers, educators and pediatricians who believe in challenging postures models like the Montessori, home schooling, free schools, education for projects, active schools or Waldorf pedagogy.

Along the way, more than 150 people have joined in the team, including actors, directors, technicians and artists. The film, nonprofit, was co-produced by 704 persons and available under Copyleft. Copyleft is a free copying license distribution, used for dissemination. Its only requirement is that all activities related to the use, copying, modification, etc., keep the character of both free and dissemination as its modification and new works or copies remain arise Copyleft .

You can read the interview in the October 17 edition of the Global Education Magazine

The day of its release, the film was screened in 151 theaters in 119 cities in 13 countries, and now you can see it here:

Also, after talking with one of their promoters, Franco Lacomella, Global Education Magazine and the new project emerged after the documentary, Reevo, will work together in the future to create opportunities for dissemination of alternative educational experiences worldwide.

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


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.