Dialogue for a Culture of Peace in Colombia
Since 2005 the Colombian government has engaged in peace processes with paramilitary groups and guerrillas, following the 50th year armed conflict in Colombia. The ongoing process with the FARC and the ELN is finally catching a glimpse of the definitive ending of the internal armed conflict.
However, the legacy of violence and its deep cultural roots requires a deep and long-winded cultural transformation, in order to achieve a truly stable and lasting peace.
This process faces many complex risks. Youth in marginalized regions are particularly threatened and vulnerable to several factors: possible dissidents of the guerrillas, criminal bands remnant of previous paramilitary groups, drug traffickers and illegal mining groups, among others. Poverty, inequality, unemployment and a severe lack of opportunities in these regions all contribute to deepening the problem.
Colombian youth has been unenthusiastic for political participation. To achieve the needed change it is essential to learn from the experience of the past generations and from the country's historic past.
La Paz Querida and GPPAC have launched a project on ' Intergenerational Dialogue for a Peace Culture in Colombia ,' * which aims to promote intergenerational dialogue on the building of a culture of peace in Colombia and to empower Colombian youth to participate in influencing policy on a national level. The searched impact is to the reconstruction of the social fabric in the most affected regions of Colombia.
It is particularly important to empower young people, the new generations of Colombians who face the challenge of building a country without armed conflict and increasingly in peace. Colombian youth has been unenthusiastic for political participation. To achieve the needed change it is essential to learn from the experience of the past and from the country's historic past. A transparent and constructive dialogue shall take place: Intergenerational dialogue for a culture of peace in Colombia.
Through this project, the intergenerational dialogue will take place in 15 municipalities particularly affected by violence. At least two of these dialogues will take place between rural and urban municipalities, which is "no". In each selected municipality a dialogue wants to be in the largest public school, which wants to include the participation of: i) students from the two last years of high school, ii) teachers, iii) parents, and iv) members of regional social organizations and civil society organizations (CSOs).
Go here for more information on the project.
* This project is funded by ifa (Institute for Foreign Relations) with resources provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.
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TRT World Interviewed Executive Director GPPAC on Colombian Peace Process
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Watch the full interview here.
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