Teach 400 Indigenous Children: Justice in Colombia

by El Centro Popular para America Latina de Comunicacion
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

 

SHARING INDIGENOUS  TRADITIONS THROUGH THEATER AND RADIO


Indigenous children from communities belonging to the council of San Andrés de Sotavento have dedicated these months to studying the legends and traditions of their Zenu people with a purpose: to make street theater plays or comparsas based on them to show the great cultural wealth that possess
their indigenous communities and how these legends and traditions have become the bases or foundations of their ethnic identity.

Likewise, children have been carrying out radio programs on "Positiva Estéreo" and other school and indigenous radio stations in the region about their traditions, their history and their rights as communities and as a child population.

Within the rights of children, radio programs have emphasized the right to love and protect their bodies from adult abuse; to report these abuses when they occur. Likewise, children have understood that they have the right to be part of a family, of a community, that they cannot be discriminated against because of their ethnic origin and that they, like the other children in Colombia, have the right to happiness.

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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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INDIGENOUS CHILDREN: ECONOMY TO SOW PEACE
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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Felix Posada
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