Public Discussion “Promoting peace and the participatory rights of children and youth within contexts of enduring conflict – The example of “Benposta, Nación de Muchachos” in Colombia’’

The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) with the collaboration of POST Research Institute (POST RI) and Nicosia, Cyprus – City of Peace Committee invite you to the Public Discussion “Promoting peace and the participatory rights of children and youth within contexts of enduring conflict – The example of “Benposta, Nación de Muchachos” in Colombia’’ with Professor Carlos Eduardo Martínez Hincapié, Director of the School for Peace and Development, UNIMINUTO, Bogota, Colombia.

The event aims to discuss the obstacles that exist for constructing peace in the case of countries suffering from intractable conflict, such as Colombia, as well as the efforts initiated by local civil society actors, within this context of conflict, to promote the rights of children to direct and effective participation in decision-making within their school and their community. The case of Benposta educational community in Colombia will be elaborated by one of its founding members, Prof. Carlos Eduardo Martínez Hincapié, and connections will be drawn with similar efforts initiated by Cypriot civil society, as well as with the status of participatory rights of children and youth within the Cypriot context.

The presentation will take place in Spanish with simultaneous English translation, and the discussion will be conducted in English.

Professor Carlos Eduardo Martínez Hincapié is a political scientist and holds a Masters Degree in Educational and Social Development from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional in Colombia. He received his PhD in Peace, Conflict and Democracy from the University of Granada in Spain. His life experience, to which he attributes his thoughts and most important reflections, has derived from the field of Pedagogy, Pacifism and Nonviolence. He’s the Director of the School of Peace and Development at UNIMINUTO in Bogota, Colombia; and member of the research group on Citizenship, Peace and Development attached to Colciencias (Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Government of Colombia). He is also one of the founding members of Benposta (http://www.benpostacolombia.org/) in Colombia.

Event Date: Monday, June 23 at 7:00 pm

Venue: Home for Cooperation, No: 28 Marcou Dracou St, UN Buffer Zone, Nicosia.

About POST Research Institute

POST is a non-profit, non-political organization set up by a group of people to work for the cultural, social, and environmental betterment of Cyprus and established at 2002. Vision: To contribute towards achieving an alternative sustainable future, which comprises of an egalitarian Cypriot society, that recognizes the dignity of every living being. Mission: • On the basis of social equality/justice: o To contribute for creating an open dialogue on issues of peace education and reconciliation and working actively for the unification of the island. o To take action against gender discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression for achieving positive social transformation. o To advance, sensitize and advocate for a multicultural and diverse society in which all differences are recognized, understood and accepted. • To excel as an Institute in the execution of research and participatory action. • To strengthen research capacity in Cyprus. • To strive for ecological sustainability through the prevention of environmental degradation and destruction.
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