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Culture of Peace: Interview with Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, ex-Director-General of UNESCO
an article by Javier Collado, Director of Edition at Global Education Magazine

Video: Interview with Federico Mayor

On the occasion of School Day of Non-violence and Peace, I interviewed Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Ex-Director-General of UNESCO. We talked of becoming aware of the responsibility to build today, tomorrow´s schools. Some schools should be internationally organized, with peaceful scenarios and non-violent ways, because we will depend on them for the real educational praxis transformation of the world.

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In the interview, we talked about the need to create a transcultural, hybrid and cosmopolitan educational process, which acts as a new vibration pattern, as crossing waves in water. We talked about the reconceptualization of schools and its social function as psychological builders of the citizens of future generations. One of the biggest challenges of the future generations is the process of directing humanity towards new forms of cooperation and democratic social organization, which integrates the cultural diversity as a source of wealth, as well as fair and ecologically sustainable relationships with the environment. That is the challenge that the world faces today to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We must reply to them with a new awareness-identity of “Homeland-Earth”, where the human being is seen in the context of its evolution, because the future history of our biosphere will depend of the future history of knowledge we develop and how we choose to apply it.

This requires a radical change in the ontological models of sustainable development, global education and world-society. Then, if we look ahead to the future, the 21st century should promote the transformation of planetary culture through the consciousness of human beings. This new vision of reality has to be holistic and transdimensional: understanding the human being as an integral part of the cosmos as a whole. In this sense, concepts such as transnational, transcultural, transpolitical, transreligious and transhumanist will represent the global standards for cooperation for human development with no boundaries, unifying the force of heterogeneity and pluralism, because when it concerns music, art, literature, philosophy and thought, cultural globalization does not tend to uniformity, but rather the opposite: the world´s cultures fertilize themselves by engendering planetary children.

We talked, in short, about the need to re-baptize schools and empower them, saving them from academic drift and moving them into a global social reality: where 40,000 people die every day from causes stemming from extreme poverty. Cultivating a better future is possible and we can do it in a collective way with justice and solidarity through a responsible and creative participatory democracy, based in culture of peace.

The interview is in Spanish with English subtitles, available here


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Understanding the culture of peace, What are the key videos?

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To begin this discussion, here are videos from three people who first developed the culture of peace concept at UNESCO and the United Nations:

Anwarul Chowdhury: Culture of Peace

David Adams: Culture of Peace

Federico Mayor: Culture of Peace

Federico Mayor: Cultura de Paz

This report was posted on December 15, 2013.