Some argue that initiatives, opinions, and solutions that contribute to the transformation of reality are found in the voice of youth. This idea is reinforced by Fundación Comunicándonos in El Salvador, with the support of the Seattle International Foundation, who supports our programs with young women to prevent violence, strengthen the organization and establish a Culture of Peace in Guazapa.
Written by Héctor Mena
In early May 2013, about 100 youth from different parts of the municipality of Guazapa were brought together by a common interest: the role of communication in strengthening community organizing and violence prevention; the same interest that lead institutions such as Guazapa Radio 92.1 FM, the Interactive Mediacenter “Zona i”, The Council of Violence Prevention and Promotion of a Culture of Peace (PREPAZ), the Ministry of Justice and Public Security of El Salvador, and EMARTV Council of Granada, Spain, to join the initiative.
The goal of the initiative was to take action to prevent violence, create new young leaders, strengthen youth organizing and develop processes of communication to integrate values of a culture of peace.
In practice, this translated into training sessions with youth on issues of leadership, peaceful conflict resolution, and communications best practices; allocation of 50 scholarships in computer science for a period of seven months; interactive and recreational activities like visits to a national museum, radio workshops on production of radio spots, the program Vociferando and youth radio forums. Read the rest of this entry »