Taking initiative and making things happen is essential to creating a more interdependent and sustainable world. IGE believes education is key to support this change and has undertaken many projects supporting marginalized youth and adults within international communities who currently have no access to education, or the means to pay for it.
IGE has six current initiatives:
- The development and implementation of a Pilot online Educational Project in Nepal to deliver an English Online Educational and Computer Literacy program in Kathmandu.
- The completion of the Indian Student Scholarship Program centered in Hyderabad, India, which supports poor and low caste students to obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees.
- Participating in the activities of the United Nations, principally with the Economic and Social Council, centred in New York, USA.
- Education in Northeast India centred in the several states in the very northeastern tip of India.
- Assisting poor villages, in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh, to improve their medical, social and economic circumstances.
- Our developing plans for Online Education to empower change agents around the world.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”—Nelson Mandela
Nine of IGE’s most significant, past initiatives are summarized below:
- Focus on the Future – Empowering Change Agents Conference. IGE co-hosted this conference with the United Nations University of Peace and the Earth Charter Initiative Secretariat, on March 2-4, 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
- International Indigenous Conferences. IGE hosted: Peace and the Planet I and II; Native wisdom, Native Rights and Mother Earth; and Belonging to Mother Earth between 1990 and 1998. The conferences brought together noted chiefs, shamans and non-indigenous leaders from around the world to address indigenous issues.
- Radio For Peace International was established on the campus of the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica. Broadcasts were in English and Spanish and focused on peace, disarmament, human rights and the environment.
- Greek Workshops were led by IGE in 2009 and 2010 for a group of Robert Muller Schools in Horto, Greece. The workshops provided training for school teachers and personal development for professionals and students.
- Rio Conference on the Environment. IGE was an official participant at the 1992, United Nations conference on the environment in Rio de Janeiro, helping to formulate resolutions. Radio for Peace International broadcast proceedings daily. While there, IGE’s F. Richard Schneider helped local indigenous people deal with incursions on their land.
- American Soviet Dialogue – Citizen Diplomatic Missions. IGE participated in three, official, United States, citizen diplomatic efforts to promote person-to-person dialogue with the Soviet Union in 1964, 1986 and 1993.
- True Meaning of Peace conference was organized by the government of Costa Rica, in 1989, in an effort to promote better understanding among the nations of the world.
- Hague Appeal for Peace brought together nearly 10,000 people from over 100 countries, in 1999 for a five day examination of the causes of war and how to prevent them.
- Mucherla Global School began with a grant of $20,000; a plot of land and a couple simple buildings in India during Mucherla was an extremely poor, rural village, reachable only by a sometimes impassable dirt road. Illiteracy was high, discrimination was pervasive and health was poor.