Targets of the World Education Forum held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, on 19 and 22 May 2015:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I. Evaluations, region by region and worldwide, of the results of the implementation of the six objectives for education decided in Dakar-Senegal, in 2000, for 2000-2015:

i. There has been a considerable educational progress in the last fifteen years: 84 million children and teenagers new students in schools, from which 52 million are girls; twelve million teachers have been recruited and 34 participate thanks to the influence of the movement EFA (Education for All).

ii. However, only one third of the countries achieved quantifiable EFA goals. In Latin America and the Caribbean, only Cuba achieved it. There are still more than twenty million children out of school systems in 2012, and a third of the countries did not fulfill gender equality in primary education.

iii. Inequalities in education continue and expand in depth. The poor children and the poorest of the poor are more likely to be out of school and do not complete primary schooling. Learning gaps, according to social origin, are becoming more significant every day and about two thirds of the 781 million adults with minimum literacy skills are women.

iv. Regarding education financing, half of low-income countries spend less than 4 percent of GDP on education. The support of donor organizations to education decreased in 1,300 million dollars between 2010 and 2012, and only 2 percent of the aid is aimed at primary education.

II. After a long period of reflection and study, the new Objectives of Education for the period 2015-2030 of UNESCO for all countries in the world are the following:

i. Ensure that all children have a free, equitable and complete primary, secondary education of quality, leading to relevant and effective learning.

ii. Ensure that all children have access to quality care and development in early childhood and preschool education, so they are properly prepared for primary education.

iii. Ensure equal access for all men and women to technical, professional and higher quality training.

iv. Increase the number of youth and adults who have the necessary skills, including technical and professional, to access employment and entrepreneurship.

v. Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access of vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations, at all levels of education and vocational training.

vi. Ensure that all young people and a high percentage of adults, both male and female, have competencies in reading, writing and arithmetic.

vii. Ensure that all students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to promote sustainable development, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, world citizenship, valuing cultural diversity and contributing to a culture.

“There is no money for Nepal"

Friday, July 17, 2015

This is the title of the shameful news that "El País" of July 16 mentions extensively.

From the 4,570 million Euros needed (and promised) for the reconstruction of a country devastated by earthquakes three months ago... only 92 have been paid!

The lack of solidarity from the world of G6, G7, G8... G20 is obvious. We should demand, through a popular outcry, that the failed governance of plutocratic groups quickly be replaced by an effective United Nations that neoliberalism marginalized.

It cannot be possible that we are paying "debts" that we do not know who contracted them or why, when millions of human beings who have suffered the effects of a natural disaster are so needy; it cannot be possible that every day are spent 3 billion dollars on weapons and military expenditures... and abandonment and neglect of those who die in extreme poverty remain.

The refoundation of the United Nations is urgent in order to be able to act with great promptness and moral authority.

President Obama has just demonstrated that the word, diplomacy, is the proper alternative to confrontation and war.

In this way there would be money for Nepal!

Good news and bad news

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I.                   Good news: US–Iran Agreement

immediately repudiated by Republicans, incited by Netanyahu.

Obama, increasingly renowned every day,  has managed to pass from the "axis of evil” to consensus.

Netanyahu, is increasingly discredited. The country that he represents, has done everything possible, like the Republican Party of the United States, in order that Iran followed the Iraq steps. Being stubborn and pretentious, they have weakened the United Nations System, promoted the relocation of production at worldwide level and, through neoliberal globalization, have substituted the ethical values ​​by stock markets and have increased social inequalities. Their influence in Europe, with the German leadership, has led to an EU lacking democratic principles, with money as the only reference.

It is excellent news, therefore, the radical change of policy -from the raised hand to the outstretch hand- President Obama has achieved in the Middle East.

II. Bad news: the markets ignore the outcry of the Greek people.
Neoliberalism imposed by Germany to an insignificant european monetary Union has led again to Greece and many other countries of the region to be obedient and submissive. Against the opinion and proceeding of President Obama and the important opinions of Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, Joaquín Estefania ...  only the German voice has been imposed, which is quite alarming. What has done the European social democracy?

 We live in times that require, due to the potential irreversibility of many social and environmental processes, fast and imaginative actions.

A quick turnaround is urgent not to be responsible towards the future generations that are coming one step away from ours.

It is expected that European democrats will show another attitude concerning the treatment given to Greece. Otherwise the European Union as a whole could be affected by a progressive popular thoughtlessness.

The worst thing is that patience can become infinite" (José Saramago)

Monday, July 13, 2015

When we call the number of "Customer Service" and we always hear, with good background music, the monotonous litany of "our operators are busy. Please do not hang up ... Our operators are still busy. Please wait ... Our operators are busy.... "

And two, three, five, eight ... minutes go by until the diligent operator answers and listens with delight ... if the patience of the person concerned has almost been infinite and has not decided irritably to cancel the service.

We have too much patience with the customer services that are more inefficient every day.

Listen to Vox populi!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Finally, "We, the peoples ...” can express freely as the Charter of the United Nations starts. United Nations or those who regret now the result of the referendum in Greece, because they marginalized and substituted a democratic multilateralism by oligarchic groups and colosal mercantile consortia. It is great that democracy, unsubordinated, has prevailed over plutocracy!

The “peoples” have won because by now have voice in the digital era. Because now participation is guaranteed and formal democracies will become genuine.

It is time to be, to learn to be. That people rule themselves! And countries also leave their dependence of this immense faceless power. And so rebellious, we will be designing the new world that corresponds to the digital era and the anthropocene.

Inertia is the great enemy. The solution –like nature- is evolution. But, as I have repeated for many years, if there is no evolution there will be revolution. The difference is the "r" of responsibility.  When the "new beginning" foreseen and enshrined in the Earth Charter, can be a reality, the powerful must listen the voice of the people. The evolution, conciliatory and innovative, is better.
We all should listen to the people's voice.