Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia

by El Centro Popular para America Latina de Comunicacion
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Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia
Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia

Indigenous children are actively participating in a radio station that they helped set up in San Andrés ede Sotavento. The station is called "Positiva Estéreo" and in its programming indigenous children have several radio shows. In these radio shows they talk about children's rights; right to say NO to attempted sexual, psychological, physical abuse of adults; values of peace and coexistence in indigenous communities; women's rights and gender equity; the education they are receiving in schools; need to respect cultural, social, religious, ethnic diversity.

These children write their own scripts for radio shows and they themselves transmit them with their voices, with their words, with their emotions....
The covid 19 pandemic seriously affected the mental health of children and young people in these communities. On the radio, children talk about how to recognize and identify emotions and how to discover if we are suffering from symptoms of diseases such as depression, anxiety disorder, stress

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In this period we have been training indigenous children from different communities in knowledge of their rights not only to education, to health, not to be mistreated by the adults around them, but also in the rights of women. Indigenous women have traditionally supported their families with their jobs, but a patriarchal culture has denied them autonomous management of the money they earn. That has been changing and there are many young women who, as a result of the pandemic, began to create small economic companies challenging machismo.

If we educate children in the economic rights of women, we will be taking great steps to transform the authoritarian culture in force in the coming years. If these children actively participate in small businesses created by their mothers, by their sisters, they are not only sowing peace but also helping to build a more humane economy, more in solidarity with the weak, with the excluded, an economy with a childish gaze.
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Zenú indigenous communities, especially children, continue to face negative consequences in the covid 19 pandemic: school closings, social isolation, mental health problems, domestic violence.

However, CEPALC project children remain committed to creating hope and solidarity projects. For example, they are actively participating in a new indigenous radio station, "Positiva FM" with their own radio shows. In these programs, they emphasize social reconciliation and strengthening the social fabric of the Zenú people.

Through plays, music and radio they are making visible traditions such as art woven with arrow cane to make hats and other handicrafts.

They are children who know their rights, who are empowered to promote in local and regional media the need to build social peace from respect for values, dignity, indigenous

Indigenous children participating in the project feel proud of the Zenú identity and begin to understand that true peace can only be built based on respect, dignity and rights the most vulnerable sectors such as women and children

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During this period, the indigenous children of the San Andrés de Sotavento and Tuchín councils in the department of Córdoba, more than 500 miles NW Bogotá, have strengthened training and radio production.

Despite the pandemic, they have been producing programs for the San Andrés indigenous radio station on child rights, environmental protection, social minority rights and gender equality.

Likewise, with the help of CEPALC, they are creating the first mobile library in the region, taking advantage of the reading and knowledge thirst that has been awakened among children and youth councils, especially residents of Cruz Chiquita, Cruz Guayabo, Calle Larga, Gardenias communities.

New youth leadership is emerging in these communities. These young people are leading small businesses that generate economic income such as raising chickens, home gardens, textiles, and in other areas they are promoting radio production collectives, theater and music collectives.

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The impact of social leadership can be seen even more clearly in the indigenous Zenú communities of San Andrés de Sotavento and Tuchín through the formation of theater groups like “Zenufaná” and youth participation in the local indigenous radio station. With the success of these projects, students and professors in the region have brought the initiatives to their own schools and created new groups for theater and radio-journalism.

These collectives and activities are helping to change not only the cold and authoritarian relationship that existed before in the regional education system, but also help to engage young people who used to be more indifferent towards community work and cultural projects.

Despite the difficulties of airport and road closures due to the pandemic, we were able to use technology to meet virtually and continue workshops and trainings with groups of youth, especially with indigenous groups.

In this way, young people were able to produce a series of videos (recorded with their phones and later edited in the CEPALC office) about sexual and reproductive rights for women. The series is titled “Nuestras Vidas Importan” and is available on YouTube:

Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRL1YfhCyRo&t=1s

Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU7PBwS4TdY

Episode 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1mq3-5g36g&t=2s

Episode 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfN51h8mKvE

 Similarly, they recorded a theater production about the Zenú indigenous myth “El Gritón” staged by youth and children that have participated in CEPALC’s workshops. Local groups acted and filmed and sent videos to the CEPALC office for final editing.

Our workshops and training sessions emphasize on highlighting so-called ethnic, religious, cultural, and sexual minorities and their fights for recognition or restoration of their rights.

Through this work, young people learn to analyze situations of discrimination and exclusion and arrive to a conclusion: if we want to build peace and democracy in Colombia, we must overcome the social discrimination and exclusion from which these groups suffer.


Los impactos de ese protagonismo social se hicieron más evidentes en las comunidades indígenas Zenú de San Andrés de Sotavento y Tuchín donde la creación de grupos de teatro como “Zenufaná” o la participación de muchos de estos jóvenes en la programación de la emisora de radio indígena local han sido excelentes pretextos para que en algunas escuelas y colegios de la región se hayan creado por iniciativa de los mismos estudiantes y de algunos profesores nuevos colectivos o grupos de teatro, de periodistas radiales.

Estaos colectivos y actividades están ayudando a cambiar no solo la relación autoritaria y fría que antes existía en el sistema educativo regional, sino, también, las actitudes apáticas e indiferentes de los jóvenes ante las iniciativas y proyectos que intentan fortalecer el trabajo comunitario y la identidad cultural en las comunidades Zenú.

A pesar de las dificultades causadas por la pandemia como el confinamiento y el cierre durante algunos meses de aeropuertos y carreteras en el país, logramos, con mucha creatividad, a través de las tecnologías virtuales, seguir realizando talleres y capacitaciones con los grupos de jóvenes, especialmente con los indígenas.

De esa manera, las jóvenes lograron producir un ciclo de videos (grabados con sus celulares y luego editados en los computadores de CEPALC) sobre los derechos sexuales y reproductivos de las mujeres. El ciclo que está en YouTube tiene el nombre de “NUESTRAS VIDAS IMPORTAN”.

CAPÍTULO 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRL1YfhCyRo&t=1s

CAPÍTULO 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU7PBwS4TdY

CAPÍTULO 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1mq3-5g36g&t=2s

CAPÍTULO 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfN51h8mKvE

 Igualmente, se grabó una obra de teatro sobre el mito indígena Zenú del “gritón”, escenificada por jóvenes y niños que han participado en los talleres de CEPALC. El proceso de grabación se hizo con los equipos que los jóvenes tenían localmente y la edición final se realizó con los equipos de CEPALC.

En los talleres y, en general, en todos los procesos de capacitación estamos haciendo énfasis en visibilizar a las llamadas minorías étnicas, religiosas, culturales, sexuales y sus luchas por el reconocimiento o restauración de sus derechos.

Con los jóvenes analizamos estas situaciones de discriminación y exclusión y llegamos a una conclusión: Si queremos construir paz y democracia en Colombia, tenemos que superar las discriminaciones y la exclusión social que estos grupos padecen.


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