Philantrophic Formation Throughout Volunteering
Global Education Magazine was founded as a magazine that aims to cover all areas related to education to create a network of knowledge and experience that provides a bank of ideas to be put at the service of all the professionals of the pedagogy of the world. Included in this network of knowledge that gives a special importance to the field of volunteering, there is this sector that performs a lot of work to human progress and where you can also share your activities and implement the resources used in their fields of action to be taken, contextualized and executed by other volunteers or teachers in their fields of work. We provide that space for organizations, institutions or independent volunteer staff where you can find, discuss and enrich themselves through common experiences in the past, allowing a mutual aid for the progress of the various activities implemented through international collaboration between educators who don’t know one other but with a common goal, human development.
In this world in which every day it becomes more difficult to maintain social cohesion, we believe it is suitable to guide the training of future teachers to humanist education, that comes close to the needs and the reality of life of the inhabitants of the planet and educate the citizens aware of the context in which we live. We consider of fundamental importance to forge that awareness of the context in which we interrelate to educate future workers who have this sociability with its causes and consequences and develop their work from a holistic perspective, avoiding partial technicality that ignores that the human being is a historical subject, isolating individuals at the current time ignoring the past. To acquire this awareness in a meaningful way, we advocated the implementation of a voluntary service in projects of cooperation by the students to engage in them in a world of social knowledge in direct and experiential manner that allows them to learn the structures of social groups, knowing their problems on-site, collaborating horizontally for the improvement of their status and acquiring the capabilities skills, and attitudes that promote volunteerism.
We look at volunteering as important within our concept of education, because we believe that through a philanthropic, hermeneutic and critical training at the educational level is encouraged. In a Hermeneutic way because it provides direct involvement in human volunteering groups that allow you to recognize and interpret the consequences that society exercises as superstructure on specific groups, and how they react to it. A critical training that lies on the interpretation of the reality that unfolds when attempting to transform it using your educational action and, finally, philanthropic: to discover and appreciate at firsthand the human diversity, finding the difference in more elements that unite us.
Voluntary action, free from direct economic benefits, is characterized by intrinsic motivations which promote, primarily by altruism focused towards the improvement of the social situation of certain human groups that are generally at a disadvantage against the human group which comes from the volunteer. The volunteer moves through a philanthropic purpose of development of humanity, regardless of nation, race, religion or political ideology, its purpose is human development and it plays all your skills, capabilities and attitudes to succeed. This altruistic motivation is of a fundamental importance in the world of teachers, since it gives you an essential perspective to exercise their profession just like the education requires in the service of progress without distinction, but as well directed towards an intercultural humanity, which seeks to eliminate the existing, and global inequalities where the actions of each region influence the rest of the world.
With these lines we intend to show the prevailing need to establish a required voluntary service that facilitates from the humanistic education to a professional sector included in the social and human sciences, but that unfortunately most of their training is based on conglomerations of theoretical contents within the four walls of a classroom, isolated from the real and away context from the real goal of education. For this reason we will work and seek more efficient methods to achieve a true philanthropic formation in the future educators that allow future education to be at the service of mankind and its development.
If there was compulsory military service in many countries, why not create a required volunteer service that promotes awareness about the situation of the society and to be able to work and improve it? Let’s think about this.
Jose María Barroso Tristán
Secretary of Educational Alternatives
This article was published on October 17th: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in Global Education Magazine