8 November 2016 -14.00/16.00 - palais de l'Europe - Room 5 - Interpretation: FR/EN

The lab will explore citizen education initiatives with a global reach as well as those which foster local civic action based on the awareness of global challenges.

initiative 1

Scholas.citizenship, Scholas Occurrentes Foundation

The main Mission: Generate a paradigm shift in education through the integration of educational communities with special focus on those with fewer resources through the commitment of all. Leaning on technology to design the global classroom, complementing with arts and sports, recovering the educational pact to accomplish an integrated and peaceful society.

Scholas works simultaneously on four lines

1.The olive line: Creates Awareness campaigns on human values –Performing of campaigns on values through sporting and artistic events- Olive Ritual. Producing educational content. Dissemination of the values articulating with mass media.

2. Application of its own programs locally and globally to integrate children and youth. Scholas citizenship program: is an educational program that generates citizen engagement among various schools working together.

3. Recognition, support and synergy of educational programs related to the values promoted by Scholas.

4. Global Virtual Classroom: Development of the World Network of Schools for the exchange of projects, content generation and construction of the Global Virtual Classroom. -Scholas.Social -Scholas.Labs -Scholas.Education




President of the Foundation Scholas Occurrentes

Holy See

Theologian and pedagogue, worked for 20 years with the Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as President of Education Council of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and the Holy Father Frances appointed Global Head of Scholas. He received from the hands of the Queen of Spain the Mobilize UNICEF Award.

STIGLIANO Daniel Ernesto

Daniel Ernesto STIGLIANO

Academic Secretariat, Scholas Occurrentes Foundation

Holy See

Doctor in Education. Master in Cognitive Psychology. Graduated in Sociology. Teacher of Chemistry. Professor and Researcher at the University of Buenos Aires. Specialist in cognitivists  teaching and learning strategies for inclusion. Author of several books on teaching didactics and didactics of natural sciences. Former professor and principal of seldom secondary schools and teachers training courses. Since 2014 is the Academic Secretary of Pontifical Foundation Scholas Occurrentes.

initiative 2

Global-to-Local Service-Learning Initiative, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Institute of World Affairs, USA

The Global-to-Local Service-Learning Initiative empowers youth to create change in their communities by placing local urban challenges in a global context. Service-learning is an instructional practice that helps students reflect on their interests and skills, consider how these can be applied to meet identified community needs, and develop a plan of action. Exploring how local problems are manifested globally shifts the focus from what is wrong to how others around the world are addressing the same issues.  Thus, students begin to envision themselves as potential global change makers impacting issues in their neighbourhoods and beyond.




Program Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Institute of World Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for International Education


Nicole Palasz is a Program Coordinator at the U.S.-based Institute of World Affairs in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for International Education.  In that role, she develops global engagement programs for K-12 educators, youth and the broader community. Previously, she worked with the New Tactics in Human Rights project at the Center for Victims of Torture, where she supported human rights defenders in identifying new ideas for action in their countries and communities.  She holds Master’s Degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

initiative 3

“Dialog macht Schule”, Germany

Dialog macht Schule gGmbH is a NGO that is committed in fostering personality development and  democratic competencies in children and young adults from disadvantaged background. The programme trains university students to become dialogue facilitators. They work within a regular school-classes for a period of two years with the aim to foster personality and democratic competencies. The program is integrated within the schools curriculum and works long-term on building a democratic school environment. Dialogue at School is an expanding democratic education network that has grown to more than six German cities and more than 50 schools.




Co-founder, Managing Director, Dialog macht Schule


Siamak Ahmadi is co-founder and managing director of Dialog macht Schule gGmbH, a NGO that is committed in fostering personality development and  democratic competencies in children and young adults from disadvantaged background. The program is integrated within the schools curriculum and works long-term on building a democratic school environment. Ahmadi has a background in psychology and systemic counselling. His current interests are developing democratic and civic education within the context of migration and diversity.


Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.

CALISTO Juan Diego

Juan Diego CALISTO

Founder of “Ruwasunchis”


Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Mr Calisto studied Economics in the UNALM in Lima. Ten years ago he founded the NGO Ruwasunchis that focuses on improving the quality of life and giving opportunities to kids, youth and women in vulnerable communities. He has also founded Ayllu, a social enterprise that gives markets to weavers of vulnerable communities.  He is teacher of creativity and personal growth in different social projects and in UPC University, helping more than 600 youth a year improve their creative and social skills. He is also Ashoka Fellow, and Globalshaper of the World Economic Forum.



Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate, MIT MediaLab Director’s Fellow, UN High-Level Commissioner for Health Employment and Economic Growth


Alaa Murabit is a UN High-Level Commissioner for Health Employment and Economic Growth, one of only 17 Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General and a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. Her TED Talk, “What my religion really says about women” was “Talk of the Day” & one of four “moving TED Talks to watch right now” by New York Times. At the young age of 15 Alaa completed high school and moved from Saskatoon, Canada to Zawia, Libya. It was there that she completed medical school and, driven by her desire to create inclusive processes and institutions, founded VLW in 2011 at the age of 21.With a strong focus on challenging societal and cultural norms and utilizing traditional and historical role models Alaa champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. Her programs, such as the groundbreaking “Noor Campaign” have been replicated internationally. Nicknamed “The Libyan Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart and applauded for her innovative and inclusive approach to security, Alaa is a champion for inclusive peace processes, and acts as advisor to numerous international security boards, governments and organizations, serving as aboard trustee for International Alert and Keeping Children Safe. An Ashoka Fellow, Alaa is the youngest Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award recipient, New York Times “International TrustWomen Hero 2014”, Newsweek’s “25 under 25 to watch”, a BBC “100 Top Woman” and SAFE Global Hero.

Lightning talk - The Power of Compassion



Ambassador, Permanent representative of the Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe

Republic of Moldova

Corina Călugăru, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe. Career diplomat from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, where she had diverse positions with increasing responsibilities from an Attaché to the Counselor within Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva, and Director for Global Affairs and Human Rights Division of the General Directorate for Multilateral Cooperation. She was involved in the coordination of international and regional human rights standards application into the national system, coordinator for Freedom Online Coalition membership, etc.  Ms. Călugăru graduated from the State University of Moldova with a Bachelor of Law degree and a Bachelor in Economics, Banks and investments, and earned her Master degree in Law from the same University. She has followed NATO Security Studies from the National School of Political Science and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania; European Training Course in Security Policy at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy; and a series of trainings in human rights, multilateral diplomacy, and other areas of activity. 

Lab 15 - Global classroom
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