Latin American School for Young Social Action


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This presentation will focus on the development of the virtual Latin American School for Young Social Action, a school with roots planted during the “Youth Formation for Youth Social Action in Latin America” Conference in Bolivia (January 21-26, 2007). The virtual school is a space for “live learning” that allows for the education of youth across seven Latin American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, and Uruguay), as per three basic principles:

•Community Leadership: An ethical leadership that, unlike individual leadership for the community, is not an imposed leadership, but one with the community that fosters collective processes.
•Social Action: Space to develop civic commitment among youth and involvement in the development of their communities, as well as in public policies.
•Latin American Identity: Space to recognize intercultural diversity and to construct a Latin American identity with a world vision starting from local identities.

Presenter, Coco Nunez, will provide an update on the process, results, and impacts of ethical values at the school from 2007 forward.

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  • Community of the Sacred – Human Community – Community of Nature
  • Latin American School for Young Social Action

    1. 1. Escuela Latinoamericana para la Actoría Social Juvenil (Latin American School for Youth Social Action)<br />
    2. 2. What is the ELASJ<br />It is the Latin American School for Youth Social Action.<br />A space to regain, build and share knowledge.<br />It is the articulation of successful experiences in the Alternative Training of Youth Leaders. <br />A process that builds a future, recovering the best of our past, our Cultural Diversity, to contribute to Living Well. <br />
    3. 3. Like when the rainbow comes after the storm, reflecting multiple colors of joy and hope, our paths meet and we come together to contribute to building this other world that is possible.<br />
    4. 4. 1. Why a Latin American School?<br />Because we have common stories, issues, needs and aspirations. <br />The greatest value is our Cultural Diversity. <br />We are a young continent.<br />Young people are the new social actors in the Latin American context. <br />We live in times of change and tomorrow is Today. <br />
    5. 5. 2. Springs for one same waterway.(Montevideo – Uruguay 2005)<br />Iniciativa de Aprendizaje Innovador (ILI – Innovative Learning Initiative), Latin American strategy to support youth entrepreneurship. <br />Impact on Public Policy in Education in MERCOSUR.<br />Latin American Network “Social Actors of the 21st Century”.<br />
    6. 6. Participants:<br />Mexico – Cauce Ciudadano<br />Argentina – Fundación SES.<br />Venezuela – CEPOREJUN.<br />Uruguay – Iniciativa Latinoamericana<br />Brazil – Eco Fund.<br />Colombia – Tierra Viva.<br />Bolivia – CADI Inti Watana.<br />
    7. 7. 3. The planning process From El Retoño – Uruguay …<br />Meeting “Youth Leadership Training for Social Action”.<br /> (El Retoño – Uruguay, November 2005).<br />Birth of Caraguatá, the tree with the 7 branches that shelter us.<br />Publication of the first Systematization of shared experiences.<br />
    8. 8. … to Titikaka<br />Foundation of ELASJ<br />Next to the Sacred Lake<br />
    9. 9. 4. The five stages cycle .<br />The particular experience of each country.<br />The common curriculum in national modules.<br />The Latin American meeting to share knowledge.<br />The replication process in each national group to share the experience.<br />The multiplier effect projecting the results and start of a new cycle.<br />
    10. 10. 5. First Latin American Meeting of the School. (July 2007)<br />Montevideo, our host.<br />Intercultural, intergenerational and international presence.<br />Youthful joy.<br />The knowledge of the experience.<br />We learn in community.<br />From Leaders to Social Actors.<br />
    11. 11. Inauguration of the Meeting and Permission Ceremony<br />
    12. 12. We learn by doing - Internet Radio<br />
    13. 13. We also express ourselves by dancing<br />
    14. 14. We also learn by acting<br />
    15. 15. Working and talking<br />
    16. 16. Men of weight and ladies of our land<br />
    17. 17. The brightest!!!<br />
    18. 18. Giving thanks to life and nature Closing Ceremony<br />
    19. 19. Next to our shrine at Lake Titicaca<br />
    20. 20. The Council of Elders<br />
    21. 21. Youth – Principal Social Actors of ELASJ<br />
    22. 22. 6. Lessons learned and new projections<br />Building Unity in Diversity.<br />Self-regulation as a method.<br />The training, participation and transforming action cycle.<br />The intergenerational relationship.<br />The intercultural relationship.<br />The relationship of affections.<br />
    23. 23. … lessons learned and new projections<br />Rotation of responsibilities - shared management.<br />The multiplicity of training process tools.<br />The permission and giving thanks ceremonies.<br />Interaction with reality and the Local Community.<br />
    24. 24. … lessons learned and new projections<br />Ethics and Cultural Values.<br />Cooperative – Community Leadership .<br />Latin American Identities.<br />Youth Social Action.<br />Life Stories.<br />Communication.<br />Country Presentations.<br />Living Well<br />
    25. 25. … lessons learned and new projections<br />Learning from difficulties, seeking to overcome weaknesses.<br />The jump from the Event to the Process.<br />Regaining Memory - Systematizing the Practice – Sharing the experience.<br />
    26. 26. Ethical and Cultural Values<br />
    27. 27.
    28. 28. 7. An experience to share, an experience to inspire.<br />- Transform dialogues into specific tasks for each Organization.<br /><ul><li>Actively share the idea with National teams and the Latin American Coordination.
    29. 29. Directors looking for other resources:
    30. 30. Steckler Foundation, Global Ethics.
    31. 31. Contribution of resources from the Projects of each country. </li></li></ul><li>… an experience to share, an experience to inspire.<br />
    32. 32. Reaffirming dreams and joy<br />
    33. 33. Thank you for your attention<br />
    34. 34. We will continue to contribute by marching<br />