Education Going Global
It’s as obvious as true that we live today in a global world equipped with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, relatively cheap and fast means of transports and above all transnational connections between states, corporations and individuals (the best example of which is that I’m writing this article for newsmail of a European organization sitting in my room in Cholula in Mexico with a 7-hour time difference between both continents).
If different parts of the world are connected stronger than ever before (global village) it means that we as individuals are too. And that means that our actions influence what is happening in places of thousands kilometers away. Some claim that we are already witnessing the emergence of a global public opinion. It’s not important if it’s true or not (still access to the internet is not very common in all parts of the world, and what is more important is that even if people have it, it doesn’t mean that they are interested in what’s going on in Palestine for example). What is important it’s a fact that regardless if we are aware or not, our choices, actions or lack thereof influence more than we think.
This sounds like big responsibility but it has its advantages too. If people were aware what actions can they do to help with the development of other societies in its own country we could change many things. And this topic is the main concern of global education that aims to “enable young people to participate in shaping a better, shared future for the world. Global education emphasizes the unity and interdependence of human society, developing a sense of self and appreciation of the cultural diversity, affirmation of social justice and human rights, as well as building peace and actions for a sustainable future in different times and places. Global education promotes positive values and assists students to take responsibility for their actions and to see themselves as global citizens who can contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world”. (http://www.globaleducation.edu.au/global-education/what-is-global-ed.html)
Global education tackles variety of topics such as human rights, sustainable development, active citizenship and much more. It shapes attitudes and values such as equality, justice, solidarity, tolerance and appreciation of diversity. These aims can be achieved with different methods. One of it is non - formal education which helps people to understand links between their actions and broaden social context. Another one is informing people about how people in other countries live using new media such as blogs, facebook, or newsmails (we’re talking here about so called “developing countries” because global education also called development education is focused rightly or no on them).
And this is exactly what I’m doing in Mexico on my EVS project “Seed for Growth”. I’m working with children and youth in schools in small village San Mateo Ozolco in central Mexico, having different workshops on intercultural education, youth participation etc. Apart of that I’m working in Puebla the capital of Puebla State and one of the biggest cities in Mexico in recycling project teaching people the importance of taking care about environment, which in this country is a big problem. On the other hand, I want to show people in Europe how the life in Mexico looks like in first place, and then work on what we can do to make it better.
That is why I’m writing this article and work with my blog http://mexicoenuvole.wordpress.com/ So if you are interested in more check it out and feel free to comment.
Wishing you all the best from Mexico.
YEU Newsmail Journalist and Researcher