World Education Forum 2015 (Incheon, Republic of Korea)

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Participants of the World Education Forum after the Closing Ceremony 

The World Education Forum 2015 took place in May 18-21, in Incheon, Republic of korea. More than 1,500 participants were invited by the UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, with more than 100 Ministers of Education, heads and members of delegations, heads of agencies and officials of multilateral and bilateral organizations, and representatives of civil society, the teaching profession, youth and the private sector. Along UNESCO, the Government of Korea, UNICEF, the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women, and UNHCR, made contributions to lead this milestone event for Education 2030.

On this historic occasion, we reafirm the vision of the worldwide movement for Education for All (EFA) initiated in Jomtien in 1990 and reiterated in Dakar in 2000 – the most important commitment to education in recent decades and which has helped drive significant progress in education. Having taken stock of progress made towards the EFA goals since 2000 and the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the lessons learned, and having examined the remaining challenges and deliberated on the proposed 2030 education agenda and the Framework for Action as well as on future priorities and strategies for its achievement, the participants have adopted the Incheon Declaration “Education 2030: Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.

Before the official start of the World Education Forum 2015, the 2015 NGO Forum took place with civil society represents from all the world, where was asopted the “2015 NGO Forum Declaration: Towards the Right to Inclusive Quality Public Education and Lifelong Learning Beyond 2015.

During the press conference celebrated after the Open Ceremony of the World Education Forum 2015, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, they expressed the important role of building a global citizenship to be succeed with the educational targets of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

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Javier Collado Ruano interviewing Mr Kailash Satyarthi, Laureate of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize 

The presence of Mr. Kailash Satyarthi (avobe), 2014 Nobel Peace Prize along Malala Yousafzai, was highlighted in the World Education Forum 2015. Javier Collado had the opportunity to interview him for the next edition of Global Education Magazine, with occasion of the International Youth Day.

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Representatives and Ministers of Education and Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean gathered at the World Education Forum 2015 during the May 21 joint statement.

In harmony with the new educational agenda 2030, the Ministers of Education and Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean prepared an official statement in which they compromised to advance in quality education systems, reaffirming that education is a fundamental human right, the basis for ensuring the realization of other rights, and is essential for prosperity and peaceful, inclusive, equitable, and sustainable growth in the region. During the meetings, we also had the opportunity to interview the Minister of Education of Brazil, Mr. Renato Janine Ribeiro (left) and Minister of Education of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Mr. Roberto Aguilar Gomez (right).

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The World Education Forum 2015 was a meeting point between the different educational agents worldwide to promote participatory contexts and including cultural diversity to achieve the targets of post-2015 sustainable development agenda. A commitment fixed in Rio+20 where the Open Working Group led by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs has been working in the last months to elaborate the objectives and indicators of the new Sustainable Development Goals (ODS) for 2030, where education is the SDG4 and seeks to ensure an inclusive, equitable and quality education promoting lifelong learning for all.

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Javier Collado Ruano along Jeffrey Sachs, coordinator of the Open Working Group

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

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.

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.

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.

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Javier Collado promoting  Global Education in Rio+20

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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.