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Damanhur Education

A contribution to sustainable development

The social promotion organization Damanhur Education works nationally and internationally to create, develop and disseminate education for environmental sustainability, a culture of respect and the social model of ecovillages. Its initiatives are based on a holistic and spiritual vision of people and life, which also includes the development of networks for collaboration and sustainable developmenOver the years, Damanhur Education has promoted initiatives for school-age children, in collaboration with Greenpeace, with the NGO Re.Te., with the FEE and other organizations, to sensitize younger generations about love for nature, in a dimension that includes attention to the environment and its rights, and solidarity with other human beings, with relationships that can give rise to important initiatives in favor of quality of life for all. Between 2005 and 2015, Damanhur Education has supported the construction of a school on the island of Mancarroncito, in Cocibolca Lake, Nicaragua, now a sister school with the Damanhur School. Damanhur Education is currently the originator of the sister community relationship between Damanhur and the Senegalese village of Guedé Chantier, Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) courses, and the participation of Damanhur in the RefuGEN mission, an initiative of GEN supporting refugees. Representatives of Damanhur Education are actively involved in national and international exchange networks, with a vision that is global and, at the same time, values the richness of resources and experience that come from local areas. 

International Events

Actively bringing community action to the world stage

Here are just a few:
"A Symphony of Transformation, Human Forum 2008," San José, Costa Rica, March 2008.
"First European Human Forum, Alliance for a New Humanity," Barcelona, Spain, November 2008.
"State of the World Forum," Belo Horizonte, Brazil, August 2009.
"Earth Charter, Tenth Anniversary," The Hague, Netherlands, June 2010.
"Non-Governmental Organizations Conference, United Nations Department of Public Information," Bonn, Germany, September 2011.
"Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development," Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2012.
"World Parliament of Spirituality," Hyderabad, India, December 2012.
"United Nations Climate Change Conference," Copenhagen, Denmark, December 2012.
Sister city relationship with the eco-municipality Guédé Chantier (Senegal), May 2014.
Participation in the "I Do Happiness" event held at the United Nations in New York on the occasion of the International Day of Happiness 2016.

Guédé Chantier

Sister communities between Europe and Africa

Damanhur participates in concrete collaboration projects with groups belonging to different worlds, ones that are united by experiences related to sustainability. One of the objectives of Damanhur is to make the experiences acquired in the community available to others and to exchange best practices with other groups. This is the case of the sister community relationship with the Senegalese Eco-Community Guédé Chantier, which was established in 2014. In Senegal, many traditional villages have undertaken a transformation into ecovillages. Guédé Chantier has about 7,000 inhabitants and is located in the north of the country, and it was the first ecovillage in the Senegal River Valley to work in this direction. The sister community relationship with Damanhur came about in the context of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), which both communities are members of. 
Representatives of Guédé Chantier and Damanhur have exchanged visits, participating in the life of each other’s communities, and out of these experiences, a collaborative project related to food preservation came about. At Guédé there are some months of the year with a surplus of vegetables and tomatoes, while in other months, they have malnutrition problems. In the spring of 2016, Damanhurian experts in natural food preservation traveled to Senegal in order to teach different preservation methods for vegetables and tomatoes. The seminar was organized by Guédé Chantier, although through word-of-mouth diffusion of the event, people from five villages participated. As a follow-up of the initiative, the participants of the seminar would like to create a specific organization. 
The next steps of the sister community exchange will be between the schools, in the field of renewable energy and agriculture.

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