What are contexts and issues that you work on? How are you using peace education to address these issues? What keeps you going?
Now I'm working on global health projects in formal and informal education, where we address how the way of consuming in Spain, linked to the global production chain, causes pollution and contributes to the climate crisis and global health problems. We analyze how this way of consumption is based on violation of human rights, exploitation, child labor, poverty, violence, etc. in the countries of production: China, Bangladesh, Mozambique, etc. We address the inequality/division between both groups of countries, and the parties responsible for inequality and a culture of violence. In our projects, we work with different tools such as talks and workshops in schools; photography exhibitions with global health NGOs; and film festivals on Global health. My bad moments happen while I research and prepare content by reading reports with devastating data on pollution and violations of human rights, and when I realize that our work is a small grain of sand in the desert. Then, what gets me going is when children and adults respond positively and want to change.
What has been your most meaningful or noteworthy moment in your peace education career?
It's difficult to choose a single moment, as there are some that are very striking. One of the most striking moments is when a network which operates in my region, Net of Health Solidarity, sat down with all teams including health NGOs, psychologists, doctors, nurses and regional governmental representatives to agree on the need to develop formal and informal educational projects in our region to transform inequality and violence caused from the so called north countries to the global south. With this agreement among all organizations, which is noteworthy and solid, all the participating organizations have been supporting and participating in all the projects.
How and why did you start working in peace education?
I started working in the field because I realized it is a good way to transform from the roots and in many scenarios. It helps promote dialogue, critical thinking and transformation in different groups, ages and cultures. It allows me to work with a wide range of tools including photography, film, storytelling, and philosophy in different scenarios such as schools, cultural spaces and communities. It enables the opening of new spaces for "old" structures in which NGOs are able to communicate, transform and educate.