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.

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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

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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.

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Education for Life – A Critical International Volunteer Experience

Documentary about the experience of Jose Maria Barroso and Javier Collado on a project of International Cooperation on “Improving basic health conditions and educational quality of rural Peruvian-Ecuadorian border, district Lancones, Piura, Peru.” The project was conducted in the village of “Chilacos Pelados”. The documentary shows our educational philosophy based on internationalism and Freirean theory of awareness of the population. In the documentary you can see the different educational strategies used, as different levels of awareness of the population, from the micro level in the Educational Institution of Chilacos Pelados, as macro level through the radio program “Education for Life” issued by Radio Cutivalú, which we came to all rural areas in all the region of Piura.

Global Citizenship Education: Toward a Progress Without Frontiers

The team of “Educar Para Vivir”, with Javier Collado as coordinator, proposes in this video the idea that Global Citizenship Education supports cross-cultural and innovative methodologies to achieve meaningful learning, and a phenomenological awareness of citizenship to achieve progress in humanity ́s evolution. We assent to the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations for 2015 and 2025.

Through Educar Para Vivir we approach the teaching-learning process from the adjacent dialectic of multidisciplinary issues that Global Citizenship Education enable us to build. We appreciate diffusion of knowledge in an effort to avoid cognitive conflicts between different educational actors. Consequently, through Educar Para Vivir we can find and experience meaningful and pragmatic learning about various problems of the globalized world of the twenty-first century. Meaningful learning is motivated by existentialism and by the theoretical-epistemological fundamentals of socio-constructivism that a truly Global Citizenship Education enables. Approaching teaching and learning this way, we are making an effort to get a free, fair and equal society.

Special thanks to United Nations, Federal University of Bahia (Brazil), Movimento sem Teto da Bahia and to all the people who send us their videos.

Photo Exhibition “Education for Life: Towards a Global and Planetary Education”

The team of “Education for Life”, is pleased to present the photographic exhibition: EDUCATION FOR LIFE: TOWARD A GLOBAL AND PLANETARY EDUCATION, to be held in the HOUSE oF CULTURE from day 10 to February 26, 2012, Almansa, Spain.

The purpose of Professor Javier Collado is to contribute to achieving the general objectives and core competencies set by the Organic Law 2/2006 of March 3, in the high school, with the “diffusion of knowledge” through a photo exhibition and an educational-multidisciplinary talk and consciousness-raising that will address the “different realities-realities equal” to live in the countries he has been working in Latin America: Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico.

The money proceeds from the sale of photographs will go to the International Association of Healthcare in Spain (AISE).

See the pictures here

Special thanks to the City of Almansa, Foto Club Almansa, TVAlmansa, AISE, Amparo Hernández, J. M. Barroso, Carlos Benítez, Qais Felikson and Gabriel Corbacho.