In the year 2000 global development goals were set for the next 15 years in two international gatherings: the World Education Forum celebrated in Dakar, during which the goal of a quality, free, ‘Education for all’ regardless of gender or background was developed, whilst at the United Nations Millennium Summit the ‘Millennium Development Goals’ goals were subscribed to by the international community, with a quarter of the goals being specifically focused towards education, specifically a complete primary school education for all children and elimination of gender discrimination in education.
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Free basic education which is stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 26th article as a chance of schooling for everyone became a dangerous good in a continent that lacks appropriate structures to participate in the international competitiveness.
In most of the African educative system there are two kinds of schools. Private schools where both infrastructures and salaries of the teachers are exclusive responsibility of the parents of the students. Governments control the quality of the education and consent academic diplomas but they do not give any subsidies. Free basic education becomes a fairy tale.
Father José María Vélaz, Fe y Alegría founding father used to say that social justice starts with educative justice. On the current-day world, that some define as “the knowledge society”, this is truer than ever before. Years, and above all quality, of education recieved represent an unparalleled advantage to reach “the good living”.
For Jesuits, who are responsible for the education of millions of people throughout the whole earth’s surface, this is a fundamental part of their mission of servicing to the faith and promotion of justice in the dialogue with cultures and religions of the world.
edujesuit is the communication and participation tool of the Right to a Quality Education of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN). It is a workspace where Jesuits and collaborators engaged in the defense and promotion of the right to education can share their experience and join together in order to achieve the universalization of this right, encouraging awareness-raising actions, advocacy relations and dialogues with decision makers in the education field regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
This entry has been written by Lucía Rodríguez Donate, Advocacy Programme Coordination of the International Federation Fe y Alegría and GIAN for the Right to Education coordinator, Silvio Gutiérrez, Fe y Alegría Nicaragua director and Pedro Walpole, member of the GIAN of Ecology.
The World Education Forum celebrated in Incheon, South Korea, from May 19th to 21st has finished with the approval of a Declaration as the result of the agreement of governments, international organizations and civil society representatives from around the world.
When I used to study in collegue a literary generation was described as a group of writers bonded by certain a ideology and style in a concrete time period – fifteen years aproximately-. In 2000, fifteen years ago, the General Secretary of United Natios, Koffi Annan, would state to the world that we were the first generation capable of ending with the world poverty.