Ecuador: Students from schools commit to fostering a culture of peace


An article by El Universo – Guayaquil

Officials and teachers of the Movement for Integral Popular Education and Social Promotion “Fe y Alegría”, from the coast region, have pledged to resolve conflicts based on honesty, peace and equality and promote respect for human rights and harmonious coexistence. This is part of the Semilleros de Convivencia program, promoted by the Council of the Judiciary.

The managers of eight establishments held on Monday May 22 took part in a symbolic planting of the first seed, through which they commit to implement this methodology in the educational community of 3,641 students.

Authorities and teachers committed themselves to provide tools for students and parents to resolve conflicts peacefully, through dialogue and consultation.

Iván Machado, deputy director of Centers for Mediation and Justice for Peace, said that the project “is a way of involving a whole society, schools, colleges, social groups, to forge a culture of peace.”

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For the implementation of this methodology in educational establishments, motivational workshops will be held for teachers and student advisors, in topics such as harmonious coexistence, respect for the environment, teamwork, non-violence, and respect for oneself and for others..

Iván Pinchevsky, rector of the Father Francisco García Jiménez Educational Unit, stressed that this program seeks to educate children and adolescents in values ​​to promote cultural change and achieve social transformation.

In Guayaquil, the following institutions will participate in the Semilleros de Convivencia: the Francisco Garcia Jiménez Educational Unit, the José Antonio González de Durana School, the Fe y Alegría “40 y la C” Education Unit, the Francisco Gárate Elementary School. the Fiscomisional María Reina Basic School of Education, the Our Lady of Health Basic School of Education, the Esteban Cordero Borrero School, and the San Pablo Educational Unit.

The Council of the Judiciary indicated that ten other establishments of “Fe y Alegría” – costa region, will also join the project.