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Two youth from Aljaraque (Huelva, Spain) are participating in a solidarity project in Argentina
an article by Huelva Ya, el periodico digital de Huelva (abridged)

Two young members of the Sociocultural Association in Action of Aljaraque are participating in the volunteer project "WAVE2" in Argentina for seven months, thanks to the program of European Youth in Action and in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Environmental Development of Targu Jiu (Romania).

Amparo and Patricia

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More and more young people are becoming aware ofinjustice and unsustainability of modern life and deciding to spend a period of their lives to try to make the world better and more sustainable for their personal development and education. The European Voluntary Service is part of the Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission. "Through non-formal learning experiences, young people improve or acquire, through voluntary work in another country, competences for their personal, educational and professional development as well as their social integration".

Amparo Vidarte and Patricia Macias two members of the Sociocultural Association in Action of Aljaraque will benefit from this volunteer project that will take place over a period of seven months in the city of San Juan and Cordoba in Argentina. They expect to work with youth and children at risk of exclusion. They begin their intercultural experience tomorrow by traveling to Argentina where they expect to be welcomed by the Argentina Youth Organization for the United Nations (OAJNUT). Patricia Macias plans to work on their volunteer project in San Juan, while Amparo Vidarte will be at their headquarters in Cordoba.

The goal of the WAVE2 project is to contribute to the creation of a culture of peace and respect for human rights while promoting active participation through volunteering.

The objectives are to:

1. encourage cooperative work between organizations from around the world.

2. promote volunteerism and active participation by young people.

3. integrate human rights and human rights education worldwide through volunteer work.

4. promote a spirit of global citizenship and friendship between young people around the world.

5. improve the life skills of young volunteers.

6. strengthen capacity and mutual support between organizations working with youth.

7. contribute to the development of the communities of the volunteers.

The European Voluntary Service funds the stay and support of those involved in the program. . . . . The European Voluntary Service activities can develop in multiple areas: culture, youth, sports, social care, cultural heritage, arts, civil protection, environment, development cooperation, etc.. "Their goal is to develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people" . . .

(Click here for a Spanish version of this article)


Question(s) related to this article:

Is there a renewed movement of solidarity by the new generation?,

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from Javier Collado Ruano, Director of Edition at Global Education Magazine, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity.

Solidarity is a trans-dimensional phenomenon that goes beyond the ontological essence of human nature. In fact, when we analyze the connections between the microcosm and the macrocosm, we perceive that human beings are not involved in chaos and arbitrariness, but belongs to the large network of interdependencies, complementarities and reciprocities that constitute life. The emergence of life on Earth, around 3,8 billion years ago, was a complex process of exceptional natural phenomena, inherent in all living systems. A process which is expressed through unlimited creativity: mutation, gene exchange, and symbiosis. From a cosmo-biological perspective, we can understand a new conceptual dimension of life, where all living beings share same basis of genetic code: the twenty amino-acids and four phosphatic bases. In fact, the diversity of living beings is caused by the combination of this cosmo-bio-genetic basis.

This trans-dimensional perspective has a deep ecological and spiritual sense for our worldview because the human evolutionary adventure is the latest stage of life on Earth. The modern human being is a vertebrate animal, mammal, belonging to the primates, which emerged 200,000 years ago. In recent centuries he has imposed its anthropocentric, industrial and capitalist vision to the detriment of Pachamama (and Indigenous goddess known as earth mother). We consume around 120% of the natural resources that Earth Mother regenerats annually. Our consumer behavior is immersed in a fatalistic dynamic with a destiny to climate change (deforestation, loss of biodiversity, ozone, etc.), and our own self-destruction as a species.

There is an urgent need to get beyond the cognitive fallacy that the mental structures of social Darwinism and capitalist postulates of the 19th century have historically constituted, because they only understand natural and social systems as warmongers and competitive processes whereby species diverge from each other. . ...more.

This report was posted on August 28, 2013.