Colombia: “The peace process involves everyone”

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by Professor Alicia Cabezudo, Vice President of International Peace Bureau

 “The process of educating for peace must begin many years of listening to each other” – David Adams, Round Table on Community Education and Education for Peace.

On 1 and 2 October the “National Encounter for Peace Education” was held in Bogota to develop a strategy of information, reflection and building public awareness of the issues of peace in the present context. More than 600 people attended the event that started with a theatrical performance “Memoria, Manos a la Obra” [roughly: “Remembering – Hands on!”] which portrayed the challenge of transforming a country that has been many decades in armed conflict from the perspective of those [especially women] who have experienced it most intensely.


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Scene from video of National Meeting for Education for Peace

The two-day meeting discussed the current context of peace, in the framework of the dialogue and agreements in Havana, the demands of educators, students, sectors and social movements, as well as the need for truth and reconciliation, in the context of education for peace.

At the meeting, teachers shared their knowledge and experiences on human rights education, citizenship skills, citizenship education, ethics education in relation to education for peace and on issues linked to inclusion, reparations and social reintegration from the perspective of those who have been victims. On the second day participants analyzed the progress and needs of education for peace at the regional level, in the context of national and regional education policies for peace. The discussions will be published as Proceedings of the Congress in the coming months.

Peace as a concept; education for peace and social construction of knowledge related to the field of non-violence are some of the issues that Professor Alicia Cabezudo shares in an interview with Coexistence Foundation as a contribution to the peace process that is taking place in Colombia.

(click here for the Spanish version of this article.)

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