It is quite unusual for nearly three thousands academics to gather in one place and reach a consensus about almost anything. It might be the influence of Havana’s tranquility, where this gathering took place, or maybe the topic itself – socially responsible education. The source of the agreement here is the idea that education systems have a responsibility to engage students, academics and the wider public in addressing social and political affairs which affect us all. However, encouraging proactive political and social participation in tackling the challenges we face globally is only one side of the story - constructively doing so, in way which is balanced and focuses on the complexity of the issues and their solutions, is another. Fear of apathy should not be replaced with over-zealous or half-thought through activism.
Decades of bloody conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians have enabled leadership to manipulate the publicYossi Mekelberg