In 2012 the Global Campus education program will give much focus to Colombia.
In March a small group of specialists from Tamera will join the peace community San Jose de Apartado and together plan for a long term strategy of autonomy and sustainability for the peace community. This would include particular focus on Ecology, Alternative Energy supply and Water. The aim will be to create a strategy that is profoundly relevant to the peace community as a future education site of the Global Campus.
Later in the year the Global Campus team, together with the Global Campus students from Mexico, Brazil, Israel, Palestine and Europe will join the peace community San Jose de Apartado for 1 month to further their education. This education will represent not only a deepening in the training in the 4 main areas of water, energy, nutrition and community but will also represent a deep act of solidarity with the peace community and its vision for a peace model in South America.
The program will be published after March.
Please keep your eye on this page for all current news and developments for the 2012 program - and look below to see how you can support the Global Campus students in their education.
Global Campus 2012 Colombia
Water is Life
In 2012 the Global Campus education program will give much focus to Colombia.
Global Campus 2011
Knowledge is Empowerment
Global Community 2011
Global Campus Education is completed
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.
Each year the amount of peace workers from crisis and impoverished areas of the world who wish to take part in the education programmes offered at Tamera are greatly increasing. For many, the relevant, profound and complex education and training offer the possibility not only of a change in perspective for their own lives, but also very real solutions for their families, neighbourhoods, communities and organisations. Knowledge and training is empowerment, and for those who experience the very daily reality of conflict and violence it is also a matter of survival. Building autonomous models that do not destroy, but instead support the regeneration of our planet and us as human beings is an essential element.
We thank all those peace workers who have committed themselves already to completing the Monte Cerro peace education.
To support more and more peace workers from crisis areas to take part in this education we need financial support.
How you can support
How you can Support
There are many ways in which you can financial support a student to study at the Global Campus Tamera. This includes regular monthly or annual donations to general Scholarship Fund or donations to specific students.
For more information please contact the coordinator of the Scholarship Fund:
Kate Bunney: klbunney.igf(at)tamera.org
For 2012 we ask for support for the following students to attend the Global campus in Colombia.
Favela da Paz
Members of 'Favela da Paz', São Paulo, Brazil
Favela da Paz, led by Claudio Miranda, is a project situated in Jardim Ângela, a favela (slum) in São Paulo and one of the most brutal neighbourhoods in the world. For more than twenty years Claudio and his friends have been working together to transform pain and poverty into hope through the joy of art and music. They run the successful band Poesia Samba Soul and a cultural project which offers hundreds of young people a perspective of life beyond drugs and violence through the possibility to study music, filmmaking and recording.
A friend of the project since 2009, Claudio and other members of Poesia Samba Soul have participated in Global Campus events in Tamera and Colombia, as well as the 2010 Grace Pilgrimage in Bogotá. Members of Tamera have visited and collaborated with his project in São Paulo. Through his contact to the global community Claudio developed a vision for the “Favela Da Paz” (“slum of peace”). For the development and manifestation of this dream he needs the support of people who share his global vision, therefore five people from “Poesia Samba Soul” will have the chance to come to Tamera and to study this summer.
What we need 6750 Euros
Members of Peace Community Torreon, Mexico
In one of the most violent cities affected by Mexico’s drug wars a group is coming together to create a peace community. Faced with the situation of the children and the youth in the area that grow up with no perspective for the future, they created “Pi Pao Angelito de los Niños”, bringing inner-city children to the countryside and offering them tools towards peace, connection to nature, and positive alternatives. They are also creating a city garden mainly based on permaculture principles. Members of the community are in the process of looking for land to live and work on, towards creating a center for light and hope in this country of strong conflict. Rosa Belia Sánchez Ochoa, one if the founders of the Peace Community, is a Body-Mind Instructor and the Torreon director for Río Abierto, an internationally practiced system for human development based on integrated spiritual work to break free from cycles of fear and distrust and explore human potential. Rosa Belia first came to Tamera in 2009, and since then members of both communities have traveled and collaborated in education times at both sites. This year five of the founding members return to Tamera, looking forward to connect to the Global Community and participate in a field of mutual support, education and nourishment for people working on the issues of our times.
What we need 4350 Euros
Bata of 'The Barefoot College', Tilonia, India
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
Philip Munyasia of 'OTEPIC', Kenya
Born and raised in Northern Kenya, Philip’s life of service is a response to the situation of his country. All around him he sees the struggle for survival: people have little opportunity for education, small plots of land, and limited access to water. Inspired to find a different path, to help his people have a better life, Philip manifested opportunities for education. He studied at an agricultural college in Kenya and went to the USA to learn about Bio Intensive farming.
Philip founded the OTEPIC project in 2003, using his knowledge to train other people and creating a small organic garden. They now train hundreds of farmers every year; many of the participants are women. OTEPIC’s projects span far beyond agricultural: tree nurseries and reforestation; practical workshops for making soap, solar cookers, and brickets from local materials for cooking fuel; programs for youth and street children and health education for HIV awareness and other issues. Last summer Philip participated in the Global Campus for three months and learned new skills towards ecological, technological and social solutions for the future. He immediately translated this new knowledge to his region, sharing his learning through training programs for others. He hopes to develop a water landscape according to the methodology of Sepp Holzer, complete with lakes for water retention and an edible permaculture landscape.
What we need 2550 euros
Thank you for your support!
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.