01
MAR
2011

Global Education for a Global World

Global Education for a Global WorldThe world today is integral and global. Hence, connections between us must become integral and global as well. Such a change is feasible only by educating to globality. Every person in the world must realize that in the new world, we are all interconnected, and hence must be mutually considerate.

An educational-academic institution must be set up in the spirit of mutual understanding and collaboration as promoted by UNESCO, to qualify youths to serve as “Global Educators.” To establish the institution, the best human minds that care for education must be gathered, aiming to build the required curriculum.

Philanthropists should be approached with requests for support in:

  1. Establishing an online platform;
  2. Setting up Internet infrastructure in developing countries, so youths may be able to connect to the complementary education-system.

Upon conclusion of the construction of the institution, a worldwide launch of the “Global Educators” program should be held. Graduates of the program will be incorporated in existing establishments in their countries, leading to a revolution in education.

Integrating Youths in Creating a Balanced, Considerate, Initiating, and Integral Society

Recognizing the imperative role of youth in shaping the world in the global age has led the UN to declare this year (August 12, 2010 – August 12, 2011), “International Year of Youth.” In a document written for the conference, “Youth Participation in Social Transformations: Initiatives and Participation,” to be held on March 2-3 in Moscow, organized by the UNESCO Office in Moscow and the Federation for Peace and Conciliation, we will strive to offer a new perspective on youths’ contribution to life in the global era, as well as to draft a concrete proposal for coping with the challenges that youths currently face the world over.

The Laws of the New World

To help youths find their way in the global era, we must first understand the new laws of life in such a world, and the transformations that have led to them:

  1. Our growing desire to profit at each other’s expense has evolved through history, causing us to become entangled in one another in every aspect of life: monetary, communication, politics, culture, and so forth.
  2. That desire has led us into a vicious cycle: On the one hand, we are accustomed to a self-centered modus operandi. On the other hand, we can no longer lead inconsiderate lives and care only for our own interests. These are “has been” values, part of the “me” world, while we are living in a “we” world, global and integral.
  3. By the laws of the new world, we are all interdependent. Hence, we must all be considerate of each other. As long as we act to the contrary, we will continue to suffer from crises in every realm of life.
  4. To break the vicious cycle, each person must recognize the nature of the world we live in and understand that in the 21st century, “My life depends on my attitude to others.”

From all the above said, it is evident that the world in the 21st century does not need material, economic, or political solutions only. Rather, first and foremost, today’s world needs an educational solution. And youths, who sense the gap between the old world and the new one more intensely than anyone, should be at the forefront of this education.

1 http://social.un.org/youthyear/docs/background.pdf

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