Envisioning the Future of our Children’s Education
"Without education, there is no hope for our people
and without hope, our future is lost." - Charles Hamilton Houston
It's so very easy to feel pessimistic and hopeless about what is going on all around us. But we’ve got a few vital big things on our side, amongst them, our intelligence and wisdom, our children and grandchildren, the youth, activists and volunteers, civil societies, students,and committed teachers, parents and grandparents who are all demanding action for a better education to find practical solutions enabling and empowering us to build a better future. Education must become a path to wisdom, unleashing the creativity of teachers and students to develop and implement projects in their homes, schools, and communities to combat inequalities, devisions, climate change, racism, and more.
You Live What You Learn
Photo: Dan Jensen
Individuals, like the ones you see above, and others like them, did not get the kind of education I am suggesting below. They have devalued, debased and degraded all the web of life, with highly consequential consequences for all.
Education, first and foremost, must give hope for a better future
Education: The Light of Hope
The GCGI has consistently acted as a platform and a voice to challenge the economic and political systems, as well as the dominant values-free educational model that is destroying everthing that was once good and valuable.
One thing that I know for sure is that the GCGI Family and Friends will not allow this threat to humanity and our way of life to fade from public life. We will not despair, we will walk on with the hope and determination that sooner or later we will succeed and we will build a better future.
From the very begining when the GCGI was founded we have been at the forefront of the campaign to make education good again, valuable and values-led.
Global sustainability problems of all sorts pose serious challenges for humanity. In handling these problems education for a sustainable world is seen as important.
The continuing and deepening global COVID-19 pandemic and its variants is intensifying the inequality experienced by many people across the world, a worsening environmental and ecological crisis, poverty and injustice, sleaze, corruption and cronyism by our political leadership, wars and conflicts, refugees drowning and dying in the seas and oceans,..., and a barrage of alternative news narratives, it seems more important than ever to rethink how education, teaching, schools and universities can prepare our children not only to understand and cope with these challenges, but also to prepare, equip and guide them to improve their own and their society’s flourishing.
At GCGI we have always noted a hopeful message about education and how and why education is the first and the only key that can unlock the door to a better future.
To celebrate our optimism, hope and resilience to keep the fight alive to save our world with better education, it is my pleasure to highlight once again, a selection of related postings from our GCGI archive.
Designing Hope for the Future: The Key is Education
Photo: Sheeba Magazine
'Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep.
I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
You reconcile all beings in the world.'- Lao Tzu
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Light at the end of the tunnel.- Ryan Engstrom