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Colombia and Mexico: Diploma on Culture of Peace and Forgiveess
an article by Jaime Septién, Aleteia

The Foundation for Reconciliation in Colombia, responding to the need for peace building in Latin America, in agreement with the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico, has launched a diploma on "Culture of Peace and Forgiveness," which is part of Schools of Forgiveness and Reconciliation program of the Foundation.

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With the backdrop of the ongoing violence in Mexico, and proposing the model of Colombia and others on the South American, the Foundation now offers in Mexico to contribute to building peace and harmonious coexistence, through the expansion of "culture, pedagogy and spirituality of caring, forgiveness and reconciliation, from those who practice what they preach."

Founded and led by Leonel Narvaez Gomez, philosopher, theologian and religious priest of Consolata Missionaries, the Foundation is a non profit organization that provides education, training and support to train "multipliers" that "sow political culture of forgiveness and reconciliation in their neighborhood, parish, company, school, university and family, working on the advent of peace and progress of communities and individuals."

The central idea of the Foundation is to "expand the current network of national and international reconciliation and coexistence, constituting forgiveness as a political virtue and as a human right." The program has become an effective model to invigorate mechanisms for mediation, conciliation and arbitration, going beyond legal mechanism and touching directly the hearts of people.

The Foundation focuses its efforts on areas of training, research and information about caring, forgiveness and reconciliation pedagogies implemented in cities in Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Canada and the US belonging to the International Network of Schools of Forgiveness and Reconciliation.

As for the diploma "Culture of Peace and Forgiveness", it is a training program that is structured "as a cultural project that seeks to focus attention, interest and willingness of all Mexicans that impact socially and politically in promoting and building a culture of peace, from the teaching forgiveness as a strategy for conflict transformation, violence and promoting peace building practices in resolving individual disputes and groups."

Six modules are being developed, supported from the experiential-constructivist approach, based on the personal and social reality and providing theoretical and practical learning and analytical skills "for positive and creative transformation dynamics of conflict and violence in the area in which they interact."

The course starts on November 10 and is aimed at managers, teachers, students from various undergraduate, professional, social volunteers, community leaders, NGOs and individuals interested in contribute to the coexistence and building a culture of peace.

It provides knowledge and tools to apply forgiveness in everyday relationships as a strategy for promoting practices of wellness that break the cycles of violence and revenge, leading the participant to know how to transform emotional and communicative experiences in overcoming the consequences of the offense, to contribute to the reconstruction of the social fabric.

For information and registration:

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Restorative justice, What does it look like in practice?

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Latest reader comment:

On this theme, I encourage CPNN readers to read Restorative Justice for Children in Brazil.

This report was posted on November 15, 2014.