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Fe y Alegria is an International Movement of Popular Education and Social Promotion based on the values of justice, participation, fraternity, respect for diversity and solidarity, working with impoverished and excluded populations, in order to contribute to the transformation of society.
Founded 60 years ago in a low-income district of Caracas, Venezuela, Fe y Alegría contributes to improve the lives of over 1.5 million people annually, with 3,088 schools in 21 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. As one of the top educational networks in the region, Fe y Alegría seeks to cover the education field, reaching out to those locations with the greatest needs and vulnerabilities.
"Fe y Alegria begins where asphalt ends, where no drinking water is available, where the city has no name."
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In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly took place, and the new Sustainable Development Agenda was approved. Seventeen major global goals were agreed upon to address the universal challenges we face today such as extreme poverty, the growing inequality of opportunities, and climate change. It is a global agreement for the next fifteen years that demands that every State around the world take certain concrete steps towards the commitment of human rights, peaceful coexistence and environmental sustainability.
According to Goal Number 4 of this important international “agreement”, by the time we reach 2030, every person around the world should enjoy quality education and life - long learning opportunities. Since 1948, lifelong education for every person has been recognized as a Fundamental Human Right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is not an insignificant right, given the fact that it is one that enhances the access to the rest of the human rights and it also enables the practice of fundamental freedoms. And yet reality shows us that this right is systematically violated in every corner of the world.
It is hard to believe that in the twenty first century there are still almost 800 million youth and adults who cannot read nor write while at the same time the other part of the world population can access the largest library through an internet connection and just one simple click. This has dramatic consequences because by neglecting the right to education for millions we are condemning them to remain in situations of poverty and exclusion or to resort to violence when faced with conflict. Moreover, their opportunities to find meaningful work diminish. Ultimately, every child, every youth who does not have the chance to access school cannot fully develop him or herself as a person. Fe y Alegría’s founder, Father José María Vélaz, said that those who are poor should not receive a poor education, but rather the best quality of education. It is necessary to give more to those who have less in order to break the cycle of poverty and exclusion: the most impoverished groups, indigenous people, minorities, girls and women, those living in especially difficult situations like refugees and internally displaced people, those living with disabilities.
Quality education is a right for all, not just for a few and we cannot act as if we are not aware of this fact. It is a matter of justice and of dignity. Proclaiming it, defending it, contributing to make it a reality from where we stand, is an act of citizenship, it means committing to the future of generations to come; it means building opportunities and offering hope for everyone. Article written by Lucía Rodríguez, Coordinator of the Public Advocacy Program at the International Federation of Fe y Alegría