“Rebuild the Global Education Pact”: it is the theme of the global event, re-scheduled for Oct 15 2020, promoted in September 2019 by Pope Francis through a video message, with the aim of “reviving the commitment by and with the younger generations, renewing the passion for a more open and inclusive education, capable of patient listening, constructive dialogue and mutual understanding. ”
The Pope addresses those who work in the field of education and research and public personalities who occupy positions of responsibility worldwide and care about the future of new generations ”urging them to“ promote together and promote, through a common educational pact, those dynamics that give meaning to history and transform it in a positive way ”.
Build the future of the planet
The renewed invitation of the Pontiff is to discuss the way “in which we are building the future of the planet” aware that “each change requires an educational path that will mature a new universal solidarity and a more welcoming society.” “Today more than ever, the Pontiff recalls, it is necessary to join forces for a broad educational alliance to form mature people, capable of overcoming fragmentation and counterpositions and rebuilding the fabric of relations for a more fraternal humanity.” An alliance, explains Francisco, “between the inhabitants of the Earth and the common house, to which we owe care and respect. An alliance that provokes peace, justice and welcome among all the peoples of the human family, as well as dialogue between religions. ”
Education faces “rapidation”
Francisco notes that the current world is “in continuous transformation and is going through multiple crises.” A “change of time”, in which education faces “rapidity” “that imprisons the existence in the vortex of technological and digital speed, continuously changing the reference points”. And in this context, the Pope continues citing the Encyclical Laudato Yes, “the identity itself loses consistency and the psychological structure disintegrates before an incessant mutation that contrasts the natural slowness of biological evolution.”
The village of education
Every change, says the Holy Father, needs an educational path that involves everyone. For this – he adds – it is necessary to build a “village of education” where the commitment to generate a network of human and open relationships is shared in diversity ”in a field that“ must be cleared of discrimination with the introduction of fraternity ”Affirms the Pope citing the Document signed with the Great Imam of Al-Azhar, in Abu Dhabi.
“In such a village it is easier to find global convergence for an education that bears an alliance between all the components of the person: between study and life; between the generations; among teachers, students, families and civil society with their intellectual, scientific, artistic, sports, political, economic and solidarity expressions. ”
Three steps to travel the common path
To achieve these global objectives, the Pope indicates three important steps that must be taken in the common path of the “village of education”: first, “courage to place the person in the center.” For this, it is necessary to sign a pact that encourages formal and informal educational processes, which cannot ignore that everything in the world is intimately connected and that needs to be found – from a healthy anthropology – other ways of understanding economics, politics , growth and progress. ” Another step is the courage to invest the best energies with creativity and responsibility. And finally, to have the “courage to form available people who put themselves at the service of the community” because “service is a pillar of the culture of the encounter”, and “as Jesus was inclined to wash the apostles’ feet,” work “Next to the most needy”.
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