Educate for justice

The hope of a broken humanity rests on children's education. The threat of a chaos on a planetary scale weighs upon us. Pollution, terrorism, the proliferation of criminal markets of weapons, drugs, and people treated as merchandise are this threat's messengers. 
The fact that political leaders no longer govern the world is accepted with a frightening naturalness. The great interests and lobbies make the decisions and governors execute them. Values no longer come first and universal ethic referents are no longer recognized. Strength, results and profit in the shortest amount of time possible come first.
After not respecting communities organized in nations and States, the new hegemonic powers repeat the conducts of the autocrats who depleted immense territories in the name of perverse ideologies that were presented as panaceas in front of religious obscurantism, of archaic morals and traditions.
In front of this panorama that invades us through the media, the temptation lies on flying away or in concealing one self in spider webs that isolate, dehumanize and empty us. 
Before these realities, supported denouncement and proposing alternative solutions become a must. We are all responsible because a different world is possible and necessary. 
To this matter, each one of us must respond in one's own field and in that which is concrete, without losing ourselves in sterile laments, without abandoning a struggle on which our life and the survival of this planet depend.
Civil society organizations have realized that they cannot be used as fire extinguishers that serve lethal policies. Our role rests on the social tissue, on these cells that we must regenerate so that they revitalize the entire organism. Like the doctor who, during World War I asserted to cut little skin strips from the buttocks of soldiers that had been reached by the bombs to implant them on the burnt areas. Each strip reproduced itself and healed the burnt parts.
We can act efficiently with kids in the most abused societies. It's not about making them lose any of their signs of identity, but rather helping them they become once more the axis of social Renaissance for their communities.
If we cannot exert an influence on the markets that are controlled by power, we are indeed able to extend knots of encounter in solidarity webs as a response to a social injustice that we have accepted as normal. It's a monstrosity that conceals the destruction of everything of humane that Earth's evolution has yielded.
There is no general plan or a universal policy, but rather concrete actions in specific places. There are current projects in rural schools for little children who can become revolutionary elements of the societies in which they grow. Children go to those rural schools that connect people from different communities.
This education offers the values achieved by global progress parting from their traditions, which are sources of rooted knowledge.
The object is to learn how to read and write, to get the necessary medical care, to practice the most elemental hygiene, to interact with other people and to share in order not to become slaves of secular abandonment. 
These centers act as dynamic integrators of society, starting in the first childhood. The parents and the rest of the family become involved in those realities with achievements that they can contrast each day. The centers organize parents' reunions, promote activities, bring close agricultural, sanitary and communication improvements.
Teachers and educators, the sanitary personnel and educative programs are carried by local people, in their native language and within their traditions. There is no personnel in the counterpart of the civil society that promotes and sustains those projects further away than serving and controlling the development of those programs. 
Those projects are underway and do not require immense economic resources and do not suppose an unfeasible utopia. We understand for once and for all that we have been victims of a collective deception that confused value with price and that forgot the greatness of humanity in benefit of an inhumane development that has in its bosom the roots of destruction, possible today in an interrelated humanity.
Hope is possible if we open our eyes and we feel called by the demands of a society that is really threatened today.

* Professor of Political Thought (UCM) and CCS Director
   Translated by Carlos Miguélez