“Education and work are two fundamental rights of every person, and not only fundamental rights, they are also inherent needs of every human being which might be also the case of spirituality. It has been our lot to live in a world of change. With these changes we have moved from an industrial era in which people and labour force were important to a time of automatization, geographic dispersion, the internet… These changes force us to transform ourselves as an organization of the Society of Jesus. In this sense, the network of centers that work with more popular and low income sectors like Fe y Alegría, SJR, ECCA in Spain, Cristo Rey in the United States, the Society of Jesus and its social sector in Mexico we are working together to answer to this reality. Answers that are in favour of the transformation of our own proposals towards general work competencies, in other words, we are moving away from the technical part and the more procedural skills towards another type of organizational, intellectual… skills that allows human beings to adapt to the changes and respond to the modern world of work.”
International Federation Fe y Alegría Coordinator of the Vocational Training Dept, Asier Bengoa, shares some reflections with us on the current work context, the challenges that we are facing and how Fe y Alegría responds to this reality tackling the right to education with the right to work.