The University and the Peace Process in Colombia
an article by Robin
Video: ¿Es posible la paz en Colombia?
The Peace Dialogues between the government of
Colombia and the FARC revolutionary forces include
other players as well. Representatives of the
civil society of Colombia have also gone to Havana
to plead for peace. According to Hernando Roa
Suárez, Advisor to the Rector of the National
Pedagogical University, writing in the online news
service El Espectador, the sectors of the
civil society as a whole have opened channels of
reflection and action about peace, not only as an
expectation or illusion, but as a framework for
understanding everyday concrete development of
Hernando Roa Suárez on YouTube
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Suárez mentions contributions to the peace process
by many civil society organizations, including El CINEP, Arcoiris,
IEPRI, ESAP, Viva la
Ciudadanía, Redepaz, MOE, Plural, and other groups working in the various
regions of Colombia. He also mentions the role of
the United Nations and the National University in
helping to organize their involvement in the peace
In his article, Suárez recognizes that academia
has already made contributions to peace, but he
says that the time has come to deepen this into a
new vocation of service, the rethink and develop
the peace process. He makes 14 proposals to the
universities, which are included here in an
addition to this article.
He concludes that "as academics, we must not
remain spectators . . . University communities
are called upon to intervene creatively in the
peace process and not to forget that "to do is not
to agitate but to accomplish the difficult." It
behooves us to intervene in the most arduous task,
where the stakes are the democratic destiny of our
great nation. The culture of war must be
confronted with a well-informed and well-planned
negotiated political solution. It is clear for
informed Colombians that it is indispensible to
reformulate the politics and alternatives for
peace in Colombia. As of now, in 2013, democratic
Colombians are invited to continue to build a new
culture of peace with dedication and political
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