A statement for life and demilitarization of bodies, minds and territories in South Colombia

Editor’s Note: Fundación Escuelas de Paz is one of the original members and endorsing organizations of the Global Campaign for Peace Education.  We stand in solidarity with their efforts and invite colleagues around the world to help promote awareness and engage in advocacy to support the fragile peace process in Colombia.

 

The Schools of Peace Foundation (Fundación Escuelas de Paz), an organization committed to peacebuilding, peace education development, and territorial peace transformations, calls for respect for the life of our community leaders, youngsters, adolescents, boys and girls.

We consider it necessary to make visible what is happening in South Colombia and to create sensitive and protective actions in order to decrease the impacts and effects on minds, hearts, and bodies of people who inhabit the territories and on the construction of individual and collective life plans.

We are convinced a ceasefire is completely necessary.  A militaristic path will never lead to security for communities. Transforming the existing culture of violence is made possible via education, non-violence, creativity, and public pedagogy that builds collectively:

  • We recognize peacebuilding work done in territories, community processes that support people who inhabit each municipality, bonds that allow us to rebuild ourselves in the presence of violent historic events, the affection and trust that moves around renews and restores social fabric.
  • We condemn and reject acts of war against civil society, youngsters, adolescents, boys and girls.
  • We reject the forced conscription of youngsters, adolescents, boys and girls; there are no reasonable motives for them to participate directly or indirectly in war.
  • We reject the State’s lack of measures in a situation of systematic assassinations of social leaders that has also involved their family’s lives.
  • We call on the continuation of dialogues, reflections, and collective actions that allow us to build other possibilities together.

As an organization actively present in South Colombia territories, once again we join social leaders, youngsters, adolescents, boys and girls voices!!!!

“Because life is the boost that emanates from hearts each day with such strength we trust in the infinite possibilities of each dawn. We trust every seed planted will bear fruit for transformation and territorial peace.”

#ForWarNothing
#Ceasefire
#NoExcuseForForcedConscription
#KnittingPeacePaths
#HealingPower

 

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