First Encounter of Popular Education

Oct 19, 2012 | Colombia - Venezuela, Community Life, Education Ministry

Sasaima, Colombia. The Province of Colombia East and Ecuador, through the ‘Rural Ministry Project’, organized the “First Encounter of Popular Education”.

The Encounter was held in the guest house of the Mercedarian sisters, Sasaima from August 27-29, 2012. Participating were 25 people who underwent various processes of the defense of life, territory, water, and human rights in the regions of Meta, Casanare, Boyacá, Huila, Cundinamarca, Tolima, and Santander (Colombia).

The greatest richness of this encounter was the sharing of various experiences, some of which were held in zones of high risk because of social and armed conflict which is currently happening in Colombia. Among the experiences shared were:

  • Popular School of Neiva (Huila)
  • The Liberty Farm worker Association in Morcote and Nunchía (Boyacá and Casnare)
  • The Farmworker ‘School at a Distance’ in Medellín del Ariari (Meta)
  • Pedagogical accompaniment of ‘22 trails’ in Medellin del Ariari (Meta)
  • ‘Dream Weavers’ at the Claret School of Bosa, Colombua (Capital District – Cundinamarca)
  • ‘Organic Farm’ in Charalá (Santander)
  • Survival and food security of the Maiben Masiware ethnic group
  • Psycho-social accompaniment to displaced families in Bogotá-Bosa (Capital District – Cundinamarca)
  • Territorial defense and food security in the municipality of Alvarado, La Tebaida path (Tolima), and Cabuyaro (Meta)

The greater part of this enormous, beautiful, and difficult work is done by lay men and women missionaries in “Shared Mission” with various Claretians, and with the support and backing of the Province.

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