The Foundation (And a Brief History):
Shaping a Multi-Institutional Educational Platform to Nurture 'Being Compassionate'
Through Peace-Sustainability-Communication-Regeneration/The GMF Moral Community
The effort here was initiated by Dr M. Nadarajah, the former Chair Professor of the Centre for New Humanities and Compassion Studies, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. It had the moral support of the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi and Loyola Institute of Peace and International Relations, Kochi, during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic i.e. 2020 - 2021. It was also created with the support of a significant community of like-minded people/organisations worldwide. A growing moral community cutting across expertise, focus, discipline and faith support the effort (see here International Collaborators). In early 2022, the effort found a home at the Loyola Extension Services (LES), Loyola College of Social Sciences (LCSS), Thiruvananthapuram/Trivandrum, Kerala, India. LES is a registered charity in Kerala and the social lab of Loyola College of Social Sciences.
The Gandhi-Mandela-Freire (GMF) Fellowship Programme
In 2022, LES was reimagined as a multiversity. A multiversity platform was created under it. As an important part of the platform, the Gandhi-Mandela-Freire (GMF) Fellowship Programme was developed. It attempts to bring the wisdom of the three continents - Asia, Africa and Latin America - together through building on three inter-connected life-enhancing pedagogies -- pedagogy of the oppressed, pedagogy of non-violence and pedagogy of reconciliation. The programme aims to develop an unalloyed focus on initiating deep 'self and social transformation' among the younger generation. Importantly, it is a part of youth engagement. The foundation of the programme is animated by the passion to nurture "being compassionate".
The programme frames the following:
aims to form a vibrant self-sustaining global community ('the GMF Fellows Community') through local hubs,
shapes an inclusive Common Good through dialogicality,
encourages a praxis based on "being compassionate".
nurtures deep eco-social immersion,
nudges for critical self-questioning, hacking, rebooting and reclaiming through decolonisation, deschooling and identifying hegemonic narratives
promotes everyday forms of resistance and action
builds orientation to actively involve and participate in diverse eco-social domains going beyond self-serving issue-based social movements, politics or specialisation,
interrogates critically and compassionately the Self-Other alienation and conflicts
focuses on transdisciplinarity mode of being, trans-formative education/learning pathways and critical (and compassionate) civic engagement
initiates, structures or strengthens eco-peace, reconciliation, eco-socio-spiritual healing, engaged spirituality, sustainability, regeneration, social communication, and deep dialogue to actively foster eco-socio justice and public compassion as foundation for all-round co-existence, co-creation and co-evolution,
urges the creation of a journal, question bank, narratives bank, maps and personal glossaries
endeavours to constitute a 'new language' and to introduce new narratives/stories for Being self and community.
Developer, Director & Guide,
Learning Ecologies/Learning Journeys/Learning Encounters,
Gandhi-Mandela-Freire Fellowship Programme
Consultant, The Multiversity Platform,
Loyola Extension Services/LES Multiversity, Loyola College of Social Sciences
Sreekaryam, Thiruvananthapuram/Trivandrum, India; 695 017
Guiding Core Team for GMF Fellowship Programme
Fr. Ranjith George SJ (Ph.D), Director, Loyola Extension Services (LES), Loyola College of Social Sciences (LCSS), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Dr. Saji P. Jacob, Principal, Loyola College of Social Sciences, Trivandrum, India
GMF Fellowship Programme
Governance-Administrative Office Address
Director, Multiversity Platform,
Loyola Extension Services (LES)/LES Multiversity
Loyola College of Social Sciences (LCSS),
Sreekaryam PO, Thiruvananthapuram 695 017
GMF Fellowship Programme/Learning Journey
Conscience and Compassion
Advisorial Team (2022 - 2023)
Ethics Committee (2022 - 2023)
Sandra Estrada, Mexico
Kamala, Nepal/South Korea
Nirmal Khadri, Nepal (Main Learning Journey Coordinator)