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Memorias para la Vida: Dialogues for the Construction of Deep Cultures of Peace in Colombia

Between April 24 and 26, Fundación Escuelas de Paz and Manigua Rosa Foundation were very honored to participate in the XXXIV INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CULTURE AND PEACE IN GERNIKA. They presented the project Memorias para la Vida: Dialogues for the Construction of Deep Cultures of Peace in Colombia.

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Mesa Técnica: El Recorrido de un Trabajo en Equipo por la Paz en la Ciudad de Ibague, Colombia

La mesa técnica de construcción de paz y convivencia escolar es un esfuerzo de un trabajo en equipo liderado por docentes orientadores de la ciudad de Ibagué, Colombia, mediante propuestas de proyectos en beneficio de las instituciones educativas enfocado al fortalecimiento del capital social de la ciudad. La mesa ha realizado en estos años de funcionamiento una cartografía social, estado del arte, aplicativo web para que los docentes implementen guías didácticas en sus asignaturas, un documento de lineamientos de política pública y la recolección de historias de vida sobre gestos de paz que ocurren en las instituciones educativas de la ciudad.

(Technical Table: The Journey of Teamwork for Peace in the City of Ibague, Colombia) The technical table for peace building and school coexistence is a team effort led by guidance teachers from the city of Ibagué, Colombia, through project proposals for the benefit of educational institutions focused on strengthening the social capital of the city. In these years of operation, the table has carried out a social cartography, state of the art, a web application for teachers to implement teaching guides in their subjects, a document of public policy guidelines and the collection of life stories about gestures of peace that occur in the city’s educational institutions.

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Feasibility Proposal for the Creation of a Ministry of Peace for Colombia

The Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace Latin America and Caribbean Chapter (GAMIP LAC), made international history in the construction of Ministries of Peace by presenting the proposal to create this institution to the Senate of Colombia. The proposal, which prioritizes the need for peace education, is now available for reading.

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The School Embraces the Truth (Colombia)

On June 9, more than 1,300 educational institutions throughout Colombia commemorated the first anniversary of the delivery of the Final Report of the Truth Commission. In the company of civil society organizations and education secretariats, the schools organized to live a special day with their educational communities, opening a path of dialogue and reflection on the value of truth in coexistence and the history of the Colombian armed conflict.

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“Colombian university campuses must be spaces for knowledge and the construction of peace”: Minister Aurora Vergara Figueroa

“In the National Government we are committed to building a culture of peace, through an exercise that must call on the entire society to overcome the cycles of violence that have generated injuries and pain for decades. We will continue to accompany the Educational Institutions Superior in the design and implementation of strategies, protocols and care and prevention routes against any type of violence on campus…” – Aurora Vergara Figueroa, Minister of Education

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New book by Angie Lederach – “Feel the Grass Grow: Ecologies of Slow Peace in Colombia”

Drawing on nearly a decade of extensive ethnographic and participatory research, Angela Jill Lederach advances a theory of “slow peace.” Lederach shows how the campesino call to “slowness” recenters grassroots practices of peace, grounded in multigenerational struggles for territorial liberation.

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Education for Peace dialogues hosted by National Ministry of Education in Cartagena, Colombia

“New possible paths” was the motto of the Education for Peace Meeting, a space whose purpose was to initiate dialogues to collect knowledge, experiences, challenges and proposals that allow progress in the implementation of education for peace, coexistence, and reconciliation in Colombia.

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