It is with deepest sadness that OIDEL informs you of the passing of Alfred FERNANDEZ, General director of the International Organization for the Right to Education and Freedom of Education (OIDEL) and founder of the Collège Universitaire Henry Dunant (CUHD). Alfred died last Monday 29th of October at 13h05 due to a brain tumor that developed rapidly in a few months.
Alfred was a member of the Chair UNESCO of the University of La Rioja (Spain) and the Chair UNESCO of the University of Bergamo (Italy), he was a professor of Comparative Education at the University of Geneva and director of the UNED (Open National University, Spain) in Switzerland. He served in various positions in NGOs, among them we can highlight the coordination of the NGO Platform on the Right to Education and of the NGO Platform on Diversity and Cultural Rights.
Mr. Fernandez devoted all his life, both professional and personal, to the promotion and protection of human rights. He worked for the right to education and freedom of education, with the conviction that this right was fundamental for the full development of the person. Alfred has participated as an expert or representative of civil society in hundreds of international meetings on the right to education, as well as on economic, social and cultural rights at the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Union, and particularly in the Council of Human Rights, among other fora. Throughout his whole career, Alfred created more than twenty human rights training programs, involving more than 2,000 participants from over 110 different countries.
For those who have had the immense honor of working and collaborating with him, we will remember him as a humble, bright and open-minded person. His kindness and magnanimity have comforted many hearts. It was a person with an extraordinary intellect, great kindness and sensibility, Mr. Fernandez was well respected by all those who worked with him.
Mr. Fernandez with his great sense of humor and optimism will be missed a lot. Yet, the OIDEL team wishes to keep up with the good work as a way to pay tribute to a great man.
The funeral Mass will be held on Friday the 2nd of November 2018 at 2pm in Sainte Thérèse Church (Avenue Peschier 12, CH-1206, à Genève). From now on, it is possible to pay him a last tribute to his remains at Murith funeral chapel (Boulevard de la Cluse, n° 89 CH-1205, Geneva).
The OIDEL Team
“Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew, 25, 21)