Last 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.
After attending Global Citizens Movement conferences in Johannesburg, Javier Collado traveled to Cape Town, where he met the ex-President of South Africa, Mr. Frederik Willem de Klerk. In the official act, Mr. de Klerk became Honorary Member at Education for Life NGO.
Mr. de Klerk was Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize in 1991, Prince of Asturias Award in 1992, and also Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 along Nelson Mandela for their role in the ending of apartheid.
Ex-President de Klerk joined Global Education Magazine at its first edition in International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17th, 2012), where he published “South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world“.
After 20 years of his nobel nomination, in November 2013, Education for Life NGO recognized his distinctive contributions in peacebuilding process during long years of his life. Mr. de Klerk represent a big example of values shared by team members of Education for Life NGO and, for that reason, he is welcome to become the highest grade of membership in our Non-profit institution. It is, in fact, a big pleasure and satisfaction.
During November 11th and 12th, 2013, were held the conferences “Building a Global Citizens Movement” in Johannesburg (South Africa). The conferences were organized by DEEEP, CIVICUS and GCAP, being part of the Civil Society Week (November 8th to 15th), which brought together over 200 activists from around the world (see list here). Between those activist, it was included the presence of the Education for Life NGO President, Javier Collado.
Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace International), Javier Collado and Feliciano Reyna (Acción Solidaria en VIH/Sida)
The main objetives were the following ones:
a. Vision: Exchange, and possibly agree, on a joint narrative of the world we want, and the world we don’t want; b. Linking: Establish and reinforce cross-continental networks towards a global movement of citizens for change; c. Learning: share approaches and practices on emancipatory campaigning and learning.
After several intercultural dialogues with different multireferential perspectives, laid the groundwork for the Johannesburg Declaration. This declaration should outline:
- The utopia we have for a different world society (vision)
- How we have to learn differently from each other and together with the people to make this happen (learning)
- How we think a global movement towards enhancing this vision could emerge (linking).
The core of the Declaration process is therefore an outline of how we see our unique role and the connection between activism and learning, between education and civil society, between local learning and global action (and vice-versa).
The declaration will serve as a reference paper for the two year process of building a global citizens’ movement, internally with the organizations and people involved and also externally with a wider audience and stakeholders.
To build our community and trust in the process, we believe that it is important that we are clear about the values and principles that we propose. These should guide this process: global balance, inclusive process, general consensus, transparency, vision emerging from participant input, experimental practice, reflective practice.
In addition, during the course of the conference, Javier Collado had the opportunity to present vision of the future in a side event, entitled: “Worldlogy: A New Transhumanist, Transcultural and Transpolitical Vision to Interconnect Global Citizenship“.
On the occasion of “International Day of Democracy“, the team of the Education for Life met with UNHCR desk in Brazil, located in Brasilia, to present the fifth edition of “Global Education Magazine“.
At the meeting, Luiz Godinho, Public Information Officer at UNHCR Brazil, noted that there are about 4,600 refugees recognized by the Brazilian government (2012), from more than 70 different nationalities, where women constitute 30% of that population.
Javier Collado with Luiz Fernando Godinho, Public Information Officer at UNHCR Brazil
UNHCR’s work in Brazil is scheduled for the same principles and functions in other countries, protecting refugees and promoting durable solutions for the problems. In addition, the United Nations agency acting in cooperation with the National Committee for Refugees (CONARE), linked to the Ministry of Justice. Thus, every refugee has Brazilian government protection and can, therefore, obtain documents, work, study and exercise the same rights as any foreign legal in Brazil (Law 9474/97).
Brazil is internationally recognized as a welcoming country, because he always had a pioneering role and leadership in international refugee protection. It was the first Southern Cone country to ratify the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 1951, in the year of 1960. In addition, Brazil is also one of the first countries of the UNHCR Executive Committee, responsible for the approval of programs and agency annual ornaments.
Last day september 10th 2012, Education for Life NGO President, Javier Collado, had the opportunity to meet and dialogues with Ms. Leymah Gbowee during her conference at “Frontiers of Thought” celebrated in Salvador of Bahia, Brazil.
Javier Collado with Ms. Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Award
Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee was responsible for organizing the movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. His recovery work with children who were child soldiers during the war, promoted by Charles Taylor, made known worldwide. Mother of six children, Gbowee says that social changes must be performed by mothers. Today, she is director of Women Peace and Security Network – Africa-WIPSEN.
In 2011, Gbowee was one of three personalities winning the Nobel Peace Prize along with his compatriot Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first woman to lead Liberia and Yemeni Tawakel Karman, their struggle on behalf of women’s rights. Author of Warriors of Peace, edited by the Company of the letters in 2012, is also the main character of the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which portrays his life and fight against the militias in Africa.
On International Women’s Day, Javier Collado interviewed the Nobel Peace Prize in the journal Global Education Magazine.
(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.
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”.
Why leave your country, your family and your friends to go to a developing country, full of so many tropical diseases? – Dear Parents, at this point in my life I’m full of love, and I feel metaphorically as a solar panel, that is, I feel like a alternative energy of change, clean and necessary for the environment and society in the XXI century, and therefore I feel the need to help others, to my sisters and brothers in Latin America. In fact, I see the opportunity to be volunteer as the warm sun that greets you in the morning and full of maturity and energy with its rays. An eager energy to be transformed into electricity to serve usefully in every home and therefore an energy that feeds back to all those around me and need it, through my love, my knowledge and my actions…
Four months after that conversation with our beloved family and our arrival in Peru, we are working as volunteers educators from the University of Seville, under the agreement with the Regional Government of Piura, in the project “Improvement of the conditions of basic health and educational quality of rural Peruvian-Ecuadorian border district of Lancones, Piura – Peru “, funded by the Basque Government and Engineering Association for Cooperation (IC- LI ) .
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And how volunteers have accomplished all that energy translate promoted by the love of life and neighbor?
First, with a psycho-social-pedagogy training to rural teachers of Primary and Secondary levels in Chilaco Pelados, so that they can provide a quality education for future citizens of Peru.
Second, accompanying and assisting in orientation meetings are organized with CONEI, APAFA and JAAS (local organizations ), where we advise them to achieve better organize their activities.
Third, developing awareness activities with teachers and students, conducting workshops teaching innovation, preventive health, water care, health and gender equality.
And fourthly, through the coordination of a radio program with a holistic vision of the education: EDUCATION FOR LIFE, which emit live every Monday from 5-6 pm (Peruvian time) on Radio Cutivalú. There, with the help of professional guests and practitioners, disclose various topics concerning education in rural areas regarding their various stakeholders: students, families, teachers, institutions and the media.
Consequently, we can summarize that the goal of our work as volunteers is to denote the transformative and even transgressive scope of development education we want to promote in this social context. Education is not only a basic human right, but also an essential component of economic and social development. In fact, when properly planned actions and investments in education, you get a good dividend, and especially in the least developed countries, which will reduce poverty. And for that, our work is based on a new ethical approach based on the Freirean values of consciousness to promote democratic and accountable education in schools, where teachers attitude plays a very important role as actors in development cooperation and thus are agents of awareness and training of the educational community and especially children and youth.
Therefore, teachers have to deploy the pedagogy of love as the theoretical principle on which sustain us in this way, we achieve active and participatory education, including all educational stakeholders, representing a necessary task to promote a dynamic and critical thinking, generating new ideas that promote economic and social development, aimed at creating a better future for Peru.
And indeed, all these activities and ethical principles have a common denominator, a driving force that caused it: love. What is love?
Love is the universal language able to add the feelings, ideas and actions of people, addressed in the same direction.
In this case, towards development and cognitive growth of our students, we will be closed to achieve a peaceful context where eradicate poverty. Also, love is a positive energy that is in all our hearts, and knows no races or cultures, because their intrinsic properties are above all this. And this energy is between you, from all of us, with the creative potentiality of all that surrounds us, so we can help our neighbor and we can improve their lives.
So, we believe that love is the best tool to achieve a global education: integrating cultural and anthropology values against ethnocentrism which still invade us. In other words, the education required for development, both in Peru and other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, to be consolidated, inexorably, will be a pedagogy grounded in love with spirit of participation, solidarity and cooperative.
Thus, we think that voluntiarism is a unique opportunity to oxygenate change actions to improve quality of life in host countries and is, therefore, the discursive shift that seek to establish with global education development. And for this reason, in December after finishing our work as a volunteer in Peru, we will travel through Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Brazil, carrying our spirit of pedagogical love as volunteer and revolutionary wind as liberty, defending human rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Why do all this? because we have reached the following reflection: in a globalized world where your coffee is Colombian, your Brazilian music, your Ecuadorian beer, your Japanese car, your Chinese clothes, American movies, and your Peruvian chifles… Why call foreign to your neighbor? Globalize therefore our hearts, without interest… only LOVE!
We wish the pedagogy of love fill your hearts! 😛