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Mobilizing Teachers, Part One


Never on the historical timeline of our world, has an entire generation of children been educated. This fact serves as a reminder of how much more we can achieve as human race, and also a challenge for governments, international aid organizations and all concerned individuals.

 

Ideally, those concerned individuals would be all of us, as education is commonly accepted as the most powerful tool towards a democratic, sustainable world of justice and equality. I would like to comment though, that it is learning in general and not education that matters the most for creating a sustainable future.

It is the engagement of the children by teachers, families and communities; the connection of learning to the global reality and the required change, as well as the development of social and emotional skills. These skills far outweigh in importance any of the cognitive learning, or the deposit of informational knowledge. We all ought to learn tolerance, empathy and respect first, before we learn to analyze and critically think about our global challenges and solutions.

Then, we need to learn many different life skills, that would help us sustain a fruitful life in a constantly changing future. We also have to adapt to our age and gain the so called “21th century skills” like critical thinking, problem solving, and digital literacy. We must develop the courage necessary for living in a seemingly hopeless world, while at the same time aflame and sustain our creativity.

In this way, we will manage to see a way forward. Only when we manage to support and encourage the mobilization of ourselves and others, only when we manage to see both the economic and humanitarian value behind global solidarity, only then we will achieve change. But we need to know better. And the teachers among us, the concerned individuals should be the first to show the way. Teachers, we are to lead by example, and to trace the way for the ones to follow.

Intergenerational peace and climate activism

Intergenerational peace and climate activism

Every single pacifist and peace maker should be taking action against climate crisis. Peace building, in order to be lasting and really stable, needs to include intergenerational considerations.

From cha(lle)nge to change: Left Lane Entitlement

From cha(lle)nge to change: Left Lane Entitlement

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Female education in Malawi

Female education in Malawi

“Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available

One book, one pen and one teacher can change the world

One book, one pen and one teacher can change the world

“A book, a pen and a teacher” might sound like a child’s bedtime story. The title alone brings to my mind a long, challenging but beautiful journey of a lone teacher travelling to remote areas of her country trying to learn, document and teach