Global Compact on Education
“An African Proverb goes “It takes a village to raise a child”. But we must build this village as a condition to educate. The land must be cleared from discrimination with the dissemination of fraternity. […] – Papa Francesco
Educating young people to the fraternity, to learn to overcome divisions and conflicts, promote hospitality, justice and peace: Pope Francis invites everyone who cares about the education of the young generation to sign a Global Pact, to create a global change of mentality through the education.
The path is begun. Many schools, catholic universities and not, are already deepening the anthropological, communicative, cultural, economic, generational, interreligious, pedagogic and social dimension of this Global Pact.
The Society of Mary, a Catholic religious congregation which professes to give a “privileged place” to the ministry of education, supports and collaborates in promoting this Global Pact.
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE GLOBAL COMPACT ON EDUCATION
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In my Encyclical Laudato Si’, I invited everyone to cooperate in caring for our common home and to confront together the challenges that we face. Now, a few years later, I renew my invitation to dialogue on how we are shaping the future of our planet and the need to employ the talents of all, since all change requires an educational process aimed at developing a new universal solidarity and a more welcoming society.
To this end, I wish to endorse a global event, to take place on 14 May 2020 on the theme Reinventing the Global Compact on Education. This meeting will rekindle our dedication for and with young people, renewing our passion for a more open and inclusive education, including patient listening, constructive dialogue and better mutual understanding. Never before has there been such need to unite our efforts in a broad educational alliance, to form mature individuals capable of overcoming division and antagonism, and to restore the fabric of relationships for the sake of a more fraternal humanity. FULL TEXT
VIDEO MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
ON THE OCCASION OF THE MEETING ORGANISED BY THE CONGREGATION FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION:
“GLOBAL COMPACT ON EDUCATION. TOGETHER TO LOOK BEYOND”
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
When I invited you to begin this process of preparation, consultation and planning for a global pact on education, we could never have imagined the situation that has developed in the meantime. The Covid crisis has accelerated and magnified many of the issues and needs that we had identified, and has uncovered numerous others as well. Concerns about health care are now accompanied by economic and social concerns. Educational systems worldwide have felt the effects of the pandemic at every level. FULL TEXT