It is not only those in the educational community that are being called on by Pope Francis, but all of society is being asked to join him in building a ‘village of education’. It is a village in which everyone there, according to their respective roles, shares in the task of forming a network of open, human relationships. It is a place that puts the person at the centre, encourages creativity and responsibility for long-term projects and trains people who are willing to serve the community.
As the Instrumentum Laboris for the Global Compact on Education points out, this initiative is not a new or an impromptu idea. It is the concrete application of a vision and thought that is often expressed in the Pope’s speeches and that presupposes that “to educate is an exercise in hope”. It is to act with hope because “concern for education is concern for future generations and for the future of humanity”.