CAFSEI, promoting critical thinking in schools

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Since the foundation of the United Nations in 1945, the world has experienced an unprecedented grow in nearly every aspect of life, going from Civil and Human Rights to economic and cultural globalization. Hundreds of nations have gathered under a single banner in order to face growing problems of our present and cooperate despite the differences that are solved through speaking, negotiation and consensus, marking ultimately an ideal prototype of global leadership.

The Common Action Forum of Spanish Education Institutes (CAFSEI) initiative intends to form leaders and active members of the globalized society for the future, beginning from their last stages at High School through teachings in Political Sciences, International Relations, Geopolitics, Economics and Sociology, as well as disciplines such as public speaking, diplomacy negotiation, conflict resolution and group management.

We will select a number of students from a group of schools in Madrid in the academic year 2016-2017 in order to form them as the leaders that Spain and the world need. Yet we cannot simply release these students in the political arena without previous experience, and that’s why we will grant them this experience through Model United Nations (MUNs), attending to the most important Models in the national level in order to bring CAF’s vision to discussion forums. Ultimately, we will travel to one of the most antique and prestigious Models in the world organized by Harvard University, Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) 2018, with the objective of sharing CAF’s proposals and understanding of the world we live in, amongst other students from different parts of the world promoting at the same time the exchange of information and experiences that change countries, rather than persons.

Media activism: a tool of youth empowerment

Favelado 2.0 From the last 1st to 12th of March, the media collective GatoMÍDIA, sponsored by Common Action Forum, hosted a media and technology residency in Complexo do Alemão (Brazil) to empower favela youth to create their own culture by making use of technology. The project, entitled Favelado 2.0 – Building Hacks for the Future, welcomed 20 selected participants of favelas across Brazil to take part in different workshops on such varied topics as photography 2.0, script for programs on YouTube, creative text construction, activism on the web, collaborative coverage, social media, creativity 2.0, fanzine 2.0, hacking Facebook, and so on.

The site RioOnWatch.org , a program to bring visibility to favela community voices in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympics, has published a report on the initiative focused on the participants’ experiences throughout the residence. If you also believe that media is a tool of youth empowerment and everyone has the right to gain visibility through technology, keep reading here.