Train 4.000 colombian children in peace building.

by Mi Sangre Foundation
Sep 9, 2011

A Peace Oasis In Conflict Zones - Oasis De Paz En Zonas De Conflicto

A HUG from one of the kids - Un ABRAZO de un niño
A HUG from one of the kids - Un ABRAZO de un niño

                                                         A PEACE OASIS IN CONFLICT ZONES


"Students in Colombia, are capable of resolving conflicts
by peaceful means, to think for themselves,
and find a way to reconcile their desires and purposes "
Villa Turbay ´s school teacher


At Mi Sangre Foundation, we are convinced that youth and childhood has an immense potential for social transformation; for this reason we developed educational programs for peace and provide children and young people with useful tools that allows them to learn how to solve their conflicts by peaceful means and assume values ​​that translate into attitudes and habits of a harmonious coexistence.

In this process of Education for Peace, the synergy between the entire school community including teachers, students, parents, and society in general, has been vital.

At Villa Turbay’s school, located in Medellín’s 8th commune, is latent the impact the Education Project for Peace has generated not only among students but among teachers also. Carol Cossio, Headmaster of the school says that "thanks to the Civic Skills Training students are having, they are learning to live with each other and to act constructively in society, meanwhile teachers have recognized the value of freedom in education, as a tool to potentiates commitment, empowerment and participation”

Commune 8 at Medellín is one of the most violent areas in the city with ongoing battles from illegal armed groups; however this community resists violence, neighborhoods like Villatina, La Sierra and Villa Turbay have high participation in “Culture of Peace” projects either from a social, environmental or artistic point of view.

The education institute Villa Turbay, has not been immune to the phenomenon of violence, studying there are familiars of criminal gangs members, there are even young people that have been recruited by bands, and fortunately have not dropped out. As is the case of a senior student, which states that after participating in the process of Education for Peace he is convinced that war is not a life project, and instead wishes to enter university to study Plastic Arts.

Without doubt, this Institution is an oasis of peace in a conflict zone where you can find values ​​as justice, freedom, democracy, solidarity, critical attitude, commitment, fellowship, respect, cooperation, autonomy, love, equity and citizen participation.


                                                    OASIS DE PAZ EN ZONAS DE CONFLICTO

Los estudiantes en Colombia, están en capacidad de resolver sus conflictos

por vías pacíficas, pensar más por sí mismos,

y encontrar la forma justa de conciliar sus deseos y propósitos”

Docente Institución Educativa Villa Turbay

En Mi Sangre estamos convencidos de que la juventud y la niñez tiene un inmenso potencial en la transformación social, por tal motivo desarrollamos programas de educación para la paz y les proporcionamos herramientas útiles a los niños, niñas, y jóvenes para que aprendan a resolver sus conflictos por vías pacíficas y asuman valores que se traducen en actitudes y hábitos de convivencia.

En este proceso de Educación para la Paz, ha sido vital lograr una sinergia entre toda la comunidad educativa incluyendo docentes, alumnos,  padres de familia y, en general, la sociedad. 

En la Institución Educativa Villa Turbay en la Comuna 8 de Medellín, es ya latente el impacto que ha generado, no sólo en los estudiantes sino en los docentes, el proyecto de Educación para la Paz. Carol Cossio, Rector de la I.E plantea que “gracias a la formación en Competencias Ciudadanas que están teniendo los estudiantes, ellos están aprendiendo a vivir con los otros y sobre todo a actuar de manera constructiva en la sociedad; los docentes por su parte han reconocido el valor de la libertad en la formación, puesto que desde allí se potencializa el compromiso, la autonomía y la participación”

La Comuna 8 de Medellín es una de las zonas con mayor conflicto armado de la ciudad, allí se encuentran en disputa diferentes grupos armados ilegales, no obstante la comunidad albergada allí se resiste a la violencia; barrios como Villatina, la Sierra o Villa Turbay cuentan con una alta participación en proyectos de Cultura de Paz ya sea desde lo social, ambiental o artístico. 

La I.E. Villa Turbay, no ha sido ajena al fenómeno de la violencia, allí estudian familiares de integrantes de bandas delincuenciales, inclusive conviven jóvenes que han sido reclutados por estas, y que afortunadamente no se han desescolarizado.  Como es el caso de un estudiante de 11º, que afirma que luego de participar del proceso de Educación para la Paz está convencido de que la guerra no es su proyecto de vida, y por el contrario desea ingresar a la Educación Superior y estudiar Artes Plásticas.

Sin duda, esta Institución es un oasis de paz en una zona de conflicto donde están implícitos valores como: justicia, libertad, democracia, solidaridad, actitud crítica, el compromiso, convivencia, respeto, cooperación, autonomía, amor, equidad y participación ciudadana

Building Peace Together - Creando Paz Juntos
Building Peace Together - Creando Paz Juntos
Reinventing the World - Reinventando el mundo
Reinventing the World - Reinventando el mundo
This is PAZalobien - Esto es PAZalobien
This is PAZalobien - Esto es PAZalobien
Singing for change - Cantando para un cambio
Singing for change - Cantando para un cambio
Commune 8 - Comuna 8 en Medellín
Commune 8 - Comuna 8 en Medellín
Building Peace in Process - Creando Paz en progeso
Building Peace in Process - Creando Paz en progeso

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Mi Sangre Foundation

Location: Medellin, Antioquia - Colombia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Melissa Acosta
Communications Manager
Medellin, Antioquia Colombia

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