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
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
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:
(Click here for a Spanish version of this article)
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Latest reader comment:
On this theme, I encourage CPNN readers to read Restorative Justice for Children in Brazil.