Elena Díez (elena@AHEADedu.org)
I have been working as educational adviser and trainer both at local and international level for the last decade, although my connection with non-formal education already started when I was 17 years old, working and volunteering as youth leader; not long after, also grew my interest for international activities and intercultural learning. Since then I have never given up education or international work.
In 2007 I got to know Human Rights Education, the rights of the child and Compasito in a Council of Europe's Training course. Since then, both became central in my educational practices. So, I was one of the founders of the Association of Human Rights Educators - AHEAD, having in mind making Compasito available to Catalan-speaker educators. I am really stubborn and determined, so after many efforts and time, that became a reality. I was also editor of the materials for children and educators on the Charter of the Council of Europe that gives full support and recognition to Human Rights Education.
I currently divided my time between performing arts (especially shadow puppets) and HRE. My present "obsession" is to create as many links as possible between both of them.
Xavier Baró (xavierbaro@AHEADedu.org)
As trainer and educational advisor I collaborate in a regular basis on the development of Training activities for the European Commission, the Education Department and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe; and the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue among cultures.
Currently, I am member of the pool coordinating the courses on European Citizenship for the European Commission, and the Youth Peace Ambassadors Programme of the Council of Europe, and the teachers training programme of the Education Department of the Council of Europe.
Montse López (montse@AHEADedu.org)
I have a degree in Law, Master in International Development (UPC), Certificate in Children and Protection of the Person (UB) and Trainer in Human Development (ECOSUR, Mexico). I am currently training in Gestalt Therapy (Espai Lúdic-Terapèutic, Barcelona).
I have experience in planning, management and evaluation of training activities in SETEM Catalonia and social and educational projects for women and youth in Chiapas, Mexico.
I have provided trainings on gender, human rights and other social issues through participatory methodologies. I have also advised and encouraged groups in processes of organizational strengthening, strategic planning and organizational impact assessment of international cooperation projects.
Marina Lopez (marina@AHEADedu.org)
I am an educational psychologist and teacher specialized in children with special needs. I am currently completing my education with trainings and experiences in the education field, discovering new areas to work and to do research in. I am specially looking for new fields through training courses in Youth in Action programs focusing on Human Rights Education. I started my involvement in the youth work as a youth leader and volunteer in different associations working in a national and an international level. I have always felt a strong motivation to work close to communities in social risk of exclusion. Currently, I am working and strengthening my skills as a teacher in a state school in Catalonia. My main motivation is to get to know and get personally involved in other practices on the educational field in different places in the world, so that I can both personally and professionally develop from these experiences.
Currently I am the Vice-President of the Association of Human Rights Educators (AHEAD).
Maria Pardo (maria@AHEADedu.org)
Trainer, project manager, translator and interpreter.
I have almost ten years of experience working in the third sector in these various professional profiles, and a few more as a volunteer and activist in social movements. I have worked with minorities, women and children. I began to address the issue of Human Rights and Ed
ucation for Peace in Palestine in 2006, with children from a refugee camp in the West Bank. Since then I am involved in social projects which bring together both sides of the Mediterranean and in the struggle for a fair peace in the Middle East, as well as in the promotion of intercultural dialogue and social justice back home. I started working with AHEAD as a member of the translation team of the manual "Petit Compass", and today I am a member of the Board.
Besides the work for institutions I am currently the President of the Association of Human Rights Educators (AHEAD).
Ramon Tena (andorra@AHEADedu.org)
I have a degree in Political Sciences.
I’m a mediator and trainer in conflict transformation. Two years ago I left my job as a Diplomat to start a social entrepreneurship project. Its main objective is to promote culture of peace within organizations.
I also work in Human Rights Education, both nationally and internationally. I have participated in different projects of the Council of Europe and the Youth in Action program.
At present, I’m following credentialing process for the Council of Europe’s Pool of Trainers.
I have worked in education from different perspectives: organizing courses, being a trainer and coordinating educational, voluntering related, projects. I'm a trainer about environmental education, ecotourism, youth leaders, and training of trainers with different audiences and ages. Nowadays I'm working as an english teacher with younger learners.
Participation in training courses and working with Ahead's members was my gateway to children's rights