Posted on February 25th, 2012 1 comment
A group of AWE members gathered primo February in Mitraniketan, India, suggests rediscovering the concept of Enlightenment for the 21st century.
According to a set of recommendations that was released yesterday, a group within Association for World Education (AWE) wishes to revitalize the concept of Enlightenment for the 21st century and within AWE.
The recommendations imply that the AWE network could be strengthened by organizing events on Enlightenment throughout the world and among AWE’s chapters and members.
The Mitraniketan group also foresees that its Enlightenment ideas should be further developed.
The AWE Enlightenment Seminar in Mitraniketan took place from January 31-February 4, 2012. A steering group pushed forward by AWE vice-president Chris Spicer organized the seminar. The group gathered in India was originally formed through the AWE International Council that took place at IPC, Elsinore, in 2010.
Posted on April 14th, 2011 1 comment
In the next coming years AWE educators are going to focus on what unites them across borders of all kinds. AWE educators will try to map the common challenges they see for humanity, and the principles and learning methodologies they share.
The longstanding reflection journey will pass the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) in Malmö, Sweden, 2011 and Mitraniketan in Kerala, India, in 2012 before it results in findings presented to the AWE International Council in 2013, and in an issue of the Journal of World Education.
This is stated in an early April letter to the general membership of AWE. It was sent by AWE vice president Chris Spicer on behalf of a steering group.
Important to work with like-minded educators
“I hope the project will help paint a clearer picture of the AWE,” says Chris Spicer on Skype from Massachusetts, “and make our movement more visible.”
“Our Edugame and some exchange programs are already visible on our website, but I am sure there is a lot more to tell and that our pedagogical practices can inspire others.”
AWE’s visibility is also closely connected with the possibility of inspiration the other way round, explains Spicer:
“The project will function as an open invitation for anyone to inquire, to collaborate, and to learn about AWE’s work. It is important to work with as many like-minded organizations and individuals as we can.”
Spicer mentions the ICAE in Malmö as an obvious place for inspiration to go both ways, especially because of the focus on Nordic folk education. Beyond this common theme, he expects of ICAE that it will become a mall of living traditions that can inspire World Educators everywhere.
Time-tested ideas may deliver the links
Spicer has an assumption that he doesn’t hesitate to share. He hopes the common ground will be found in a more encompassing learning practice stemming from old ideas:
“I believe we will rediscover common links in old ideas that have been pushed to the margins, but that I think the 21st century needs badly.”
Spicer refers to the so-called universal thinkers, such as India’s Tagore and Gandhi, Denmark’s N.F.S. Grundtvig, Brazil’s Paulo Freire, and many more.
”But whatever our inspiration from the past, we must make the ideas come alive in a new way,” says Spicer on behalf of the steering group.
Posted on November 14th, 2010 No comments
“Tomorrow Today” gives examples of learning for sustainable development from all over the world. The publication was issued at the occasion of the UN ten years anniversary of learning for sustainable development. The publication is downloadable.
Posted on October 30th, 2010 No comments
Five schools in Vejle, Denmark, had visiting guest teachers from AWE in India and Tanzania this week. About 300 students in grade seven to nine had the opportunity to learn about the situation in India and Tanzania in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The AWE teachers are happily concluding that the MDGs are easily understood in the classrooms.
The guest teachers Dr. Sujit Kumar Paul and Livingstone Beykwaso were in Denmark due to an exchange program by Association for World Education (AWE).
Pupils introduced to third world living conditions
Through figures, pictures and dilemma stories the pupils were introduced to living conditions in the third world and to programs that are meant to lead people out of extreme poverty and illiteracy.
Better housing, better education and better health care among the poorest are important steps in this direction. Self help groups are now implemented in both countries.
MDG facts from Tanzania and India
Among the many Tanzanian and Indian facts and opinions presented by Livingstone Beykwaso and Dr. Sujit Kumar Paul were the following:
- In Tanzania a great effort is done to organize elderly people and to give the access to resources, so they can assist orphans that have lost their parents due to Aids/HIV.
- In India women are supported to form self help groups. Women empowerment improves the economy of the families, motivates to send the children to school and help to reduce domestic violence.
- The only goal that both India and Tanzania are expecting to achieve before 2015 is goal number two about education. Both countries are very close to a situation, where all children between six and 14 years will attend school.
- However, one optimistic guess is that the eight goals can be reached before 2025 if the right political decisions are made.
- To support a sustainable development it is important, that resources from the developed world are distributed through local organizations.
- It is also important that the national governments support the local work. Both in India and Tanzania there should be more joint obligations between the government, the local administration and the NGOs to reach the Millennium Development Goals.
Dr. Sujit Kumar Paul is a professor at Shantiniketan, India
Livingstone Beykwaso is a board member of the Local Radio of Karakwe, Tanzania
Posted on September 9th, 2010 1 comment
The new issue of Journal of World Education is out. This Journal sets spotligt on how the BRIC countries handle educational challenges in a rapidly changing world.
The contributions in the new issue of Journal of World Education – on Brazil, Russia, India and Africa – deal with the more specific conditions, policies and room for work on World Education.
The articles reflect the perceived challenges in each area and ways of using education to deal with the challenges.
The detailed descriptions give the much needed opportunity to understand the workings of each society and makes possible the move to a nuanced perception of other countries, which according to AWE is much needed to avoid the stereotypes that we often tend to use in relation to other cultures.
Theme contributors and titles of this issue of the Journal are Jørn Boye Nielsen (AWE DK), A New Multipolar World Order is emerging, Rikke Schultz (AWE DK), Brazil – Challenges, Institutions and Social Movements, Lidia Shkorkina (AWE Russia), Russia – Changes and Challenges in Higher Education, and Dr. Sujit Kumar Paul (AWE India) Regional and National Development in India. Dr. Sujit Kumar Paul is as well the editor in cheif of the issue.
An expected article about China has been postponed to one next issue of the Journal, while fortunately Dr. Theophilus Tefe offered his very interesting article African Perspective.
The Journal has a foreword by AWE President Jakob Erle. It contains as well a reflection about AWE organisational matters by Noël Bonam, Global Director – Capacity Development, Building Global Networks – going back to our roots.