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“Construyendo una cultura de paz a través de la juventud y la educación: Una conferencia sobre proyectos y posibilidades” Fecha: Sábado,1 de Febrero de 2014 Locación: Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo“, Piso Quinto, La Paz, Bolivia Tiempo: 09.00 a 15.00

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Operacin Derechos Humanos

Construyendo una cultura de paz a travs de la juventud y la educacin: Una conferencia sobre proyectos y posibilidades

Fecha: Sbado,1 de Febrero de 2014Locacin: Universidad CatlicaBoliviana "San Pablo, Piso Quinto, La Paz, BoliviaTiempo: 09.00 a 15.00

1A Pioneering Programme of Peace-building Educationfor the New GenerationPartnering with youth towards a culture of peace19 young leaders from Bolivia (18 - 30) 3 different universities in La PazInterdisciplinary approach (students from 6 different career disciplines)

2Expositores y commentaristasDr. Marcelo Villafani, RectorRegional de Universidad CatlicaBoliviana (UCB) "San PabloDR. Sergio Delgadillo Urquidi, Vicepresidente comisin de conciliacin y arbitraje

Expositores Dr. Waldo Albarracin, Rector de Universidad Mayor de San Adres Lic. Yolanda Herrera de Romero, Presidenta de la Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos de Bolivia: Derechos humanosDra.Mara Lily Maric Palenque, Docente de la Carrera de Psicologa dependiente de la Facultad de Humanidadesy Ciencias, UMSA

ComentaristasLic. Alejandra Martinez, Decana de la Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, UCBLic. Denisse Soliz Pinto, Equipo de gnero, generacionalyjusticia social del Ministerio de EducacinLic. Amparo Cavajal, Presidenta de la Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos de La Paz, Bolivia

Ceremonia de Clausura - Phill Gittins, Rotary Peace Fellow y Universidad de Kent (Inglaterra)3Immersion I 2 days (Beginning, Sept. 14-15. 2013)What is Peace; What is a Peace Project?Immersion II 1 dayDefinition/Start of Peace Project; Interaction/Coaching from Mentors (Oct.26 2013)Immersion III 2 daysReporting of Peace Project Results; Reflections on Experience/Learning; Plan for Communications; Awarding of RISE of Peace Envoy status (Dec.14-15. 2013)WeeklyReflection, Check-Ins, Guest Lectures, Focused sessions

About RISE:Programme Outline - Fall 2013 4Weekly sessions: -Planning peace projects- Galtung frameworkNegotiation - Robin HoodPillars of peace (United Nations)Trafficking (Ministry of Education)The purpose and functions of education (focus group)Presenting peace projects (plenary/Q and A)Personal and professional development session focus on youConflict simulation - student exerciseSocial representations of peace and violence (UMSA/UNIR)Conflictividad y gestion pulblica local (UNIR)

Best aspects from RISE: content, and why?5Presentation skills, give/receive feedbackRaise, explore, & debate issues of importanceTeam-building, group work (transferable skills)Develop communication & social skills

From conflict analysis to conflict resolution/transformation: Plan, organise, implement, and evaluate a peace project together. Develop leadership competenciesMoving from peace learning to peace practiseImpact: 120+ youth in La Paz, Bolivia trained in issues related to peace, conflict and violenceGroup 1: Empowerment (Estas-o-no-estas)

Group 2: Human rights(Operacin DD.HH en Jovenes)Group 3: Interculturalidad

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EmpoderamientoEstas-o-no-estas

Operacin Derechos Humanos

Particiapant reflections: In their own wordsPersonal and/or professional development:More than learning knowledge, it helped me with my personal growth (Emma)

This experience changed the way I think about everything. if you want peace you have to start with yourself first (Mavi)Here I have grown a lot. I learnt a lot about conflict, and what peace is and can be. Also how can we make this happen. How to make some differences inside us and how to share. So I am learning now and I will go on to share this learning with other young people (Jeffrey)

I believe you gave us some power that we are not used to. And power that we have never had because as we are always told what to do. This experience taught me there are other ways of doing things and we should be given opportunities to decide for ourselves and how to do things. We could have had really different results in our lifes and contexts if we would have given opportunities before to demonstrate how responsible we can be with this power (Belen)

I always believed I had a good attitude with regards to sharing and working with people, but now I realize I didnt. I really had hard time listening and relating to others. So in that way I realized that its very important to reflect on how I am going to face things now (Alejandra)

I feel I have stopped being a viewer and really acted. I am trying to not just be a viewer, or a talker, I want to do (Mavi)

developed my attitudes with regards to working in groups because I have problems. All people participating also know a lot about what they are doing. My attitudes towards group work really developed throughout this project (Alejandro)

this programme changed my behavior and beliefs. Because I see the world and the problems of peace. I see that it is important that people have attitude to resolve problems in the community (Caroline)

14About peace and peace projectsI thought as a single person I could do nothing with regards to working with peace in Bolivia (a country that has a lot of conflict). But when we did the actual peace project I felt that all this effort we put in - even if it is a tiny bit of something - it works. Because the ones attending to my project, I faith in them changing things: in their lives, in their inner circles, in the families. This way we are making a change for everything in the country (Alejandro)

I think the best approach to peace is the local peace (Emma)

This project helped me to reflect on what actions I can take, and how am I going to take them. That made me think about other opinions, other people, and that I am going to investigate more about this and putting myself into this action. (Alejandra)

Peace needs to be co-constructed (Alejandra)

It changed the focus of the concepts I had of peace. I thought that it was abstract. I learned that its a process, and active process with peaks and lows (Scarlett)

I think talking about empathy concepts have developed me in terms of trying to be in the other shoes of the other person (Fabian)

I dont know if we can really teach peace at global context because I think that peace is more creative. I think currently we understand peace as social relationships, but we are not understanding peace as an internal development. I think that global peace may exist yet only theoretically. Obviously we are all looking for peace yet on our own terms. I think the universal idea of peace is something we use to look for common goal (Daniel)15Reflections on education and this (Peace Education) learning experience (continued)Instead of being told what to think we were provided with opportunities and space to develop how to think (Jeffrey)

It helped me to think about things in relation to the Bolivian reality because I am going to be a political scientist. This will be very useful (Daniel)

Once I felt that what I was feeling supported and was listened to with critical feedback I started to enrich my own concepts. So, the learning together was really important (Mavi)

The best part was that we are all different people from different careers. And I think we can all learn from each other in an environment that was about trust. It wasnt just talking about abstract theories but we talked about things that we are thinking, we are feeling, and what we really believed in. What was invaluable was that Phill gave us the space to do that. Phill gave us a variety of instruments so we could develop in different ways the best for what we are doing (Belen)

In this programme you taught us how to think not what to think Most of teachers here, and that I know, try to teach us what they think we should know and what they think is right. Sometimes at my university students are asked questions and if they dont know the teacher says I cant believe you dont know. This closes people down and then they dont want to talk (Michelle)

The theory was great because I could link authors knowledge to practice by analyzing our context and planning the peace project (Ricardo). Now knowing the different theories of peace, conflict and violence I am now able to recognize the different forms of violence we face here in Bolivia each day (Ricardo and Emma)

The session I liked the most was the "inner Monday" (hehe) when we connected with ourselves...I think, spirituality is very important (Michelle)16Reflections on education and this (Peace Education) learning experience (continued)It was important to learn how to differentiate between direct, structural and cultural violence. These differences helped us in our project, considering that we want to promote peace, and to do that we have to be able to differentiate what kind of violence we face in every place we go, in order to promote peace (Mariela)

Teachers here generally say You have to learn this, and this way. And I dont care if you want to do it more dynamic or in another way. So teachers and education dont show that they care about how I have to learn because I have to adapt to the teacher. In this case, how does the teacher know that I am learning. I am just doing what they want and learning what they want. Or wiring what they want to see in a paper (Belen)

I learnt a lot from the presentations of other students (Daniel)

Bolivia is a very conflictive society with conflict every day. People dont know to face or deal with conflict. So knowing the concepts, knowing the theories helped me to think more critical and objective about things. The framework for predicting, describing, analyzing, (Galtung) was useful as it made us think about conflict but importantly how to do something about it (Alejandro)

the individual learning journal helps me to reflect on my own learning about life not just about theory (Emma)

I were fascinated by the triangle about structural violence and all about this. I didn't hear before about the power and the presence of the structural violence. This kind of violence I think is more like a "passive" violence... it's not necessary to hit someone to reproduce a violent culture. (Gerardo)

From the beginning of my life, I have always been in front of a chalkboard, listening to the teacher saying sacred words and memorizing (most of the time). Unfortunately this continued in college.. With respect to classes of RISE: brainstorming, specific concepts and thoughts helped us form our own conclusions, including my own way of thinking and being. Also, listening to my colleagues is to enrich my knowledge.(Mavi)17

Los esperamos a esta nueva experiencia

Fecha: Sbado,1 de Febrero de 2014Locacin: Universidad CatlicaBoliviana "San Pablo, Piso Quinto, La Paz, BoliviaTiempo: 09.00 a 15.00

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