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Understanding the past builds peace for the future

by Instituto Internacional de Aprendizaje para la Reconciliacion Social
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Understanding the past builds peace for the future
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Understanding the past builds peace for the future
Understanding the past builds peace for the future
Understanding the past builds peace for the future
Understanding the past builds peace for the future
Understanding the past builds peace for the future
Understanding the past builds peace for the future
Understanding the past builds peace for the future
Understanding the past builds peace for the future
Understanding the past builds peace for the future
Understanding the past builds peace for the future
Understanding the past builds peace for the future
Understanding the past builds peace for the future

The 25th of february is a special day in Guatemala. It's the day when we remember the tragic human rights violations happened during the armed conflict, lived between 1960 and 1996.

The Guatemalan Congress created this conmemoration, to honor the publication of the Truth Comission, on February 25th, 1999. Since 2008, this legislative decree order to the ministries of Education and Culture to conmemorate the date in the national level, and specifically to the Ministry of Education, to teach about the causes and consequences of the armed conflict and the contents of the Peace Agreements.  That's why our exhibition has received thoussands of students in the months of February and March, during the past years and the current.

The Ministry of Culture, itself, offered an oficial conmemoration in which invited our institute and the Museum of the Community of Rabinal (one of the towns which suffered the worst human rights violations during the onflict), to change the "Rose of the Peace" into the main hall of the National Palace.

This commemorative act was an opportunity to reiterate our willingness to add to the educational efforts that different actors make to ensure spaces for the understanding and reflection of the serious human rights violations that the armed conflict that we lived as a society for 36 years entailed.

Understanding the causes of the problems that we live in the present, must be one of the pillars that support the education of citizens committed to peace, and in learning about that past it is vital to learn to listen, understand injustices, identify how the grievances and violations of the rights of the people were committed, and especially, have solidarity with the victims and their struggles to know about their missing relatives or the search for justice for the grievances they suffered.

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El 25 de febrero se conmemora en Guatemala como Día de la Dignidad de las Víctimas del Conflicto Armado, pr ser la fecha en que fue entregado el Informe de la Comisión para el Esclarecimiento Histórico.

La conmemoración surge por un decreto legislativo del Congreso de Guatemala, que ordena a los ministerios de educación y cultura a conmemorar la fecha a nivel nacional, pero específicamente, al Ministerio de Educación, a enseñar sobre las causas y consecuencias del conflicto armado y el contenido de los acuerdos de paz, razón por la cual miles de jóvenes han visitado nuestra exposición durante los pasados años y el actual.

Como partede la conmemoración oficial del Día de la Dignidad de las Víctimas del Conflicto Armado, este año el Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes de Guatemala, junto al Museo Comunitario de la Memoria Histórica de Rabinal, a realizar el cambio de la Rosa de la Paz, en el Patio de la Paz, del Palacio Nacional de la Culura.

Este acto conmemorativo fue una oportunidad para reiterar nuestra disposición de sumamos a los esfuerzos educativos que diferentes actores hacen por asegurar espacios para la comprensión y la reflexión de las graves violaciones a los derechos humanos que conllevó el conflicto armado que vivimos como sociedad durante 36 años.

Entender las causas de los problemas que vivimos en el presente, debe ser uno de los pilares en los que se apoye la educación de ciudadanos comprometidos con la paz, y en el aprendizaje sobre ese pasado es vital aprender a escuchar, entender la injusticias, identificar como se cometieron los agravios y las violaciones a los derechos de las personas, y sobre todo solidarizarse con las víctimas y con sus luchas por la conocer sobre sus familiares desaparecidos o la búsqueda de justicia por los vejámenes que sufrieron.

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Cesar Garcia receives the award by OEI
Cesar Garcia receives the award by OEI

On November 27th, the Ibero-American Human Rights Education Award "Óscar Arnulfo Romero" from the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) was awarded in Mexico City, Mexico, with the support of the SM Foundation, an educational institution that is responsible for improving education in all Latin American countries.

This year, more than 300 projects from 20 Ibero-American countries participated. The award has two categories, one for educational centers and schools, and other for efforts and actions of civil society organizations in favor of human rights.

In the category of efforts and actions of civil society organizations in favor of human rights, the first prize was won by our project "Young people talking about the challenges to build peace in Guatemala".

Created in 2015 by the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), through the Ibero-American Institute of Human Rights Education (IDEDH) and the SM Foundation, the award recognizes the work of educational institutions, NGOs, and members of civil society that have acted in an exemplary manner in the defense and promotion of human rights through education.

For IIARS, receving this award means recognizing our effort and inspires us to continue working for a Guatemalan youth tat knows its recent history, fights against racism and participates democratically in the construction of a better world.

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OEI Award
OEI Award

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The Guatemalan Ombudsman presented the award
The Guatemalan Ombudsman presented the award

We want to thank you once more for your support during the past month. We raised a total of $11,276 thanks to 95 unique donors!  We really appreciate everyone's contributions to "Understanding past brings peace for the future" our fundraising campaign in GlobalGiving to keep our ongoing exhibition "Why are we the way we are?" on track. Your support is very much appreciated!

And now we want to share great news with you all!

In the past month of July, we decided to applicate to receive the Award on Education and Human Rights "Óscar Arnulfo Romero", organized by The Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI). The award has two phases, one national and one international, and we are very proud to share with you that our project just recevided the National Award the past October 02th, in the category of projects leaded by nonprofit organizations that promotes Education on Human Rights.

The award is named "Óscar Arnulfo Romero", in honor of the Salvadorian Bishop murdered during the armed conflict in El Salvador. In Guatemala, OEI co-organized the award with the office of the Human Rights Ombudsman andt the Ministry of Education.

It means, we will travel in November to Mexico representing Guatemala to participate in the International Seminary on Education and Human Rights, in which the international winners will be announced. We are very excited to have the possibility, not only of winning an international prize, but also to share our work with a broader community of people who are leading great projects on Education and Human Rights all over the Iberoamerican region. In the reports to come we will tell you further of our experience in that Seminary, and the actions which we are taking at our exhibition and IIARS.

 

Les queremos agradecer una vez más por el apoyo que nos dieron el mes pasado. Recaudamos un total de 11276 dólares de 95 donantes individuales durante el acelerador de GlobalGiving, que nos ayudarán a llevar los mensajes de la la Exposición ¿Por qué estamos como estamos? a muchos más niños y jóvenes.

¡Además, tenemos buenas noticias que compartir con todos ustedes!

El pasado mes de julio, decidimos postularnos para recibir el Premio Iberoamericano de Educación en Derechos Humanos, organizado por la Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos, OEI. Este premio tiene dos fases, una nacional y otra internacional, y hoy estamos muy orgullosos de compartir con ustedes que el pasado 2 de octubre recibimos el premio a nivel nacional, en la categoría de organizaciones sociales.

El premio lleva el nombre de Óscar Arnulfo Romero, en honor del obismo salvadoreño asesinado durante el conflicto armado en El Salvador. En Guatemala, la entrega del premio la organizó OEI, en coordinación con la oficina del Procurador de los Derechos Humanos y el Ministerio de Educación.

Eso significa que viajaremos a México representando a Guatemala, para participar en el Seminario Internacional de Educación en Derechos Humanos, en el que los acreedores del premio internacional serán anunciados. Estamos muy emocionados de tener la posibilidad, no solo de ganar un premio internacional, sino de poder compartir nuestro trabajo con una amplia comunidad de personas que lideran proyectos de Educación en Derechos Humanos en toda la región iberoamericana.

En los reportes siguientes les contaremos más sobre nuestra experiencia en ese seminario y las acciones que estamos impulsando desde la EXPO y el IIARS.

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Location: Guatemala - Guatemala
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Vivian Salazar
Guatemala, Guatemala
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