As members of a global society each one of us arrives to the questions of how best can we contribute to creating not only a world without war, but also a world where we live in profound peace, in truth and trust, and intelligent compassion towards all beings that live on earth.
In the present world situation these questions have never been more timely or urgent than now. Everyday we are given numerous examples of how the world is no longer able to sustain the methods of living, thinking and acting that we, as human beings, have become so accustomed to.
The aim of the Global Campus is to provide a significant contribution to developing knowledge and experience that can actively answer those questions. Drawing on contemporary expertise in all-encompassing and sustainable themes the Global Campus offers a globally reaching education program that is relevant not only to our present situation, but most importantly, to our peaceful future. One part of its vision is that the Global Campus will affect and contribute to a major shift in the knowledge and experiential structures of humanity.
The Global Campus is unique because the education programs are based within intentional models of social living – actively developing social models which aim to create inclusive, all-encompassing and nonviolent forms of living. These models are being created around the world and will provide profound education in all areas of life: community knowledge, sustainable technologies, permaculture, conflict resolution, water, peaceful dialogue, and spiritual praxis. Particular focus is given to developing peaceful relations between the genders.
The Global Campus was initiated in 2006 by Sabine Lichtenfels, the co-founder of its first base camp – the peace research centre Tamera. With approximately 200 international students attending education and training in Tamera annually, Tamera also supports education programs and training in Colombia (San Jose de Apartado), Palestine (The Holy Land Trust), Brazil (Favela da Paz), United States, Mexico, Switzerland (Schweibenalp – Center of Unity), Germany (Peace Research Village Association), Israel (EcoME).
Representatives from 13 different nations came with the goal of spending the six weeks together studying local and sustainable solutions for globally relevant matters such as food production, water accessibility, electricity generation - and community building. Participants included project leaders and peace workers from Colombia, Brazil, England, Germany, the USA, Mexico, India, Spain, Gaza, Israel, Kenya, Portugal and Egypt. The principles of the Global Campus are rooted in the perception that simple and effective solutions can be found on a local level and applied worldwide. From this emerged the vision for a global network of education centres that all focus on the same basic goals: promoting regional autonomy in food, water and energy supply, a harmonious relationship with nature and social sustainability. What is now being built in Tamera is its first base. At the end of these six weeks, the participants returned to places such as the peace community San José de Apartadó, in Colombia, or the Barefoot College, in India, carrying not only practical knowledge but also the empowering consciousness of being part of a global network of support and cooperation. Apart from enriching those initiatives with pioneering knowledge on solar technology, food production, water retention landscapes and social knowledge of community building and conflict resolution, the Global Campus also gave its participants an important space for exchanging experiences and thoughts – thus giving shape to an ever-larger, ever-stronger global community.
We are working on a full report now and will be available soon.
We thank the students, teachers, and all the supporters for a successful Global Campus 2011. The next Global Campus event is planned for spring 2012 in Colombia. We will post more information here soon.
The Barefoot College and Tamera are long time cooperation partners, members of Tamera have visited the project in India and one of the leaders of the Barefoot College, Vasu, was present at the first conversation about the idea of the Global Campus during the Summer University in Tamera in 2006.
The Barefoot College provides basic services, education and solutions to rural communities in India with the objective of making them self sufficient and sustainable. The main issues are solar energy, water, education, health care, rural handicrafts, people’s action, communication, women’s empowerment and wasteland development. The education in solar technology has extended around the world; women from villages around the world come to the Barefoot College for training.
Bata is of the second generation of the Barefoot College. She grew up in the project, studied outside, and returned to continue the work of her father in the Media Agency. Since 2006 she has served as a professional film maker, has made 24 short films, and has travelled to Africa and other international Barefoot College satellite stations, places where the women trained in solar technology return to implement their new skills.
What we need 2750 Euros
In 2011 the Global Campus Fund received over 57,000 euros for its 6 week education programme. The Global Campus team thanks the following people, and many more, for their generous financial support and looks forward to much success in 2012:
Intercultural Peace Foundation
Elke and Felix Maria Woschek
Community Project Switzerland
Youth Group Tamera
Hildegard Montz and Fredy Kradolfer
the Well Being Company
and many many more!
With your commitment and your donation, you are investing in the development of a new peace culture.
May our actions and projects serve the cause of global peace work and may they inspire and open up a new outlook on life.