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:

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


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.

Javier Collado Ruano, Carlos Alberto Torres, Peter Ronal deSouza, global citizenship education, UNESCO Paris

Javier Collado talking with Carlos Alberto Torres and Peter Ronald de Souza about GCED 

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.

Who are we?

“Education for Life” NGO has a philosophy based to raise awareness to all different educational and social agents through a holistic and internationalist education.

Our team of volunteers teachers are based on different multidisciplinary methodologies to improve consciousness among students, families, teachers, medias and institutions. In this sense, we believe educators should try to help in the process to achieve the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, because educational activity is a prospective act which should think about the future and, then, anticipate to him in order to be ready when it arrives. Therefore, education is not only a basic human right, but it is also an essential component of economic and social development, that is, it is the main resort and the greatest wealth that a country can have. It is clear that the sum of educated people in the same values ​​of democracy and solidarity possible will open the possibility for social community changes.

Also, thinking in peace, poverty eradication and sustainable development can only be the result of equity, sprouted from the appreciation and respect for cultural diversity. This diversity is inherent in our holistic and internationalist education. Defining historical features of each one means understand the humanity common past from same ethnocultural trunks. It is urgent to restructure the international community through Global Citizenship Education for development, which supports the source of life and equity, and an antidote for all forms of social exclusion, poverty, racism and economic domination .

Knowing successive migratory flows that have been outlined on the face of the Earth throughout history, Global Citizenship Education should looking for humanist unity in difference, which means the acceptance of trans-culturalism: a phenomenon involving the coexistence of different cultures in one space. This situation demands a new ethic based on respect for different, and involves decision, political will, mobilize and organization of all educational stakeholders to enhance dynamic and critical thinking, which generate new ideas that promote economic and social development, aimed at creating a better world in the future.

The conclusion is clear: in a world where your coffee is Colombian, your beer from Belgium, the movies from United States, your car from Germany, where you listen British music, you have a Swiss Watch, and you use italian clothes, why call “foreign” to your neighbor?