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Global Education Pact. Is that possible? ODS 4

Education for Committed Global Citizenship. Pedagogical Keys


Miguel Ángel Velasco cmf

Doctor of Pedagogy

Member of the cmfUNteam


I take back here a paragraph from one of the previous Blog entries entitled “Education, a lever for change”. We proposed the Education for the Committed Global Citizenship, as one of the transversal axes of the Claretian educational style. This axis is understood within the frame of reference of the Agenda 2030 of the ODS and the Laudato Si. I bring here the paragraph I want to develop.


“From the point of view of the pedagogical action, the most adequate would be to combine objectives, actions and experiences that would interrelate: rational-reflective knowledge; actions of contact and commitment; affective relationship with situations and persons. It would include: group work of learning and searching; the system of analysis of reality posed by solving problems; work for projects involving people, ODS, cultures, etc. Educators, at all times, have to accompany students in the progressive discovery of what it means to be a Citizen Committed to the world; one cannot accompany what one does not live, so one of the first objectives has to be to “educate educators” in this sensitivity. There is no room, in this already long article, to develop these ideas, let’s leave it for another time”. 


Francisco. Global Educational Compact


The “Global Educational Compact“, promoted by Pope Francis and presented to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Apostolic See, is committed to recovering “Education in values” but, now, clearly from the perspective of globality. The knowledge and the intercultural dialogue has to be one of the key pieces that will make the world advance towards a greater solidarity. The criteria and orientations of the Global Educational Pact are linked to the contents of the Laudato Si, the Agenda 2030 and with what we have come to call “Education for Committed Global Citizenship”.


III Claretian Congress of Educators. Bangalore 2015


Following the impulse of the Global Education Pact, the educational centers of the Catholic Church should lead this global educational model. We must articulate an “educational line” of our educational Ideology (Book of values) that proposes, as the future of humanity, what is contained in the Agenda 2030 and in the Laudato Si. The transversality of this educational line implies: 


a.         Designing the objectives, experiences and actions, for each stage of the educational process, and articulating them so that they are integrated by each subject.

b.         Designing a specific subject called “Global Citizenship”, in each educational stage.

c.         To design educational programs in “Global Citizenship”, outside school hours, for volunteer groups.


Focusing on the subject “Global Citizenship” and the activities “outside school hours”, they should have the following pedagogical characteristics:


a.         Adequacy to the age corresponding to the educational stage

b.         Connection with the environment of the place: city, region, country.

c.         Connection with the environment of the place: religions, associations, people.

d.         Connection with the world reality: history, cultures, traditions, religions, ecclesial and congregational presence.

e.         Active methodology focused on each student and the group of students.

f.         Working on the themes from: the methodology of “projects” to solve “problems” through “active search” “personal and in group”.

g.         The contents of the projects must be based on: personal and group experiences; theoretical and experiential reflection on the experience; personal and group commitment to the conclusions of the solution of the problem addressed.


Africa-Santiago experience


The active methodology of “designing projects to solve problems” does not necessarily imply the use of new technologies. In each school and each educator will have to look for the most appropriate way to carry it out in their centre and with their educational group. Fortunately, the use of the computer and, above all, the mobile phone, is becoming more and more frequent all over the world; it is a great opportunity to extend the right to education and to global connection. This educational methodology is being implemented in all continents, so it is not difficult to learn what it consists of; the only thing that is necessary is to encourage the exchange of experiences in each country.


One of the key points for implementing this new educational horizon is teacher training. In order to implement the “Education for Global Citizenship committed”, it is necessary that all the people involved in education, in a specific educational centre, know about the project and support it. The learning process of the teachers has to cover two areas: the school itself and the school involved. The exchange of significant teaching experiences has to be done between different schools; possibly between different congregations or other groups, and even with schools outside the country. All of this requires a well-designed plan that must include adequate flexibility. We are the world


For religious congregations, it is essential that the Plan for the implementation of Global Citizenship in the centres be endorsed and promoted by the corresponding provincial government. Moreover, since it involves relationships between different centers of the Congregation, it is essential that there be coordination involving the General Government. The final coordination of the entire implementation plan would have to come from the General Government.


As Francis said in the presentation of the Global Education Covenant, education is the key, the fundamental lever of change for our world. We must educate for a future world, in which our current students will live, even more global than the present one. We must anticipate the future, offering them an education that allows them to live the “global future” from values committed to humanity. 


Miguel Ángel Velasco cmf

Doctor of Pedagogy

Member of the cmfUNteam


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