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Youth of historical churches in El Salvador offer a methodology for the prevention of violence

The youth of the historical churches in El Salvador, gathered together in FECLAI, expressed their satisfaction in San Salvador, as the national government, through the Ministry of Justice, validated the methodology "Let Us Look for Peace," presented as an alternative for the fostering of a culture of peace.

Susana Barrera
San Salvador, Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"This methodology consists on a series of workshops. It is designed for  the children and youth of the different institutions that want to adopt it, and the proposal is based on discussing matters related to peace in the family, peace in the community, peace with Creation, and peace in difficult moments," explained Carmen Díaz, representative of FECLAI-Youth,    

The Central American country of El Salvador, of 5.7 million inhabitants, is one of the most violent nations in the world according to the United Nations. Police statistics point out that between 11 to 13 murders are committed daily. The majority of the victims are young men.

 "We should recover the value of life, we should reconstruct our fabric and this methodology helps us," said Bishop Martín Barahona of the Anglican Church, who was present at the showing of the methodology.      

"The methodology, that includes a camp, has its theological base and defines peace as the seeking of the well-being of all, promoting health and the liberation from injustice. In Hebrews the word peace is 'shalom,' and this is related to a broad concept of integral well-being that includes all the dimensions of the person's life," detailed Díaz.

The youth of the historical churches, in addition to an attention calling street activity, insisted that with this methodology they want to contribute to the building of peace, beginning with reflection and concrete actions that promote a true culture in that way.      

Also, the methodology will allow the sharing of work tools to make possible that boys and girls and young people, within their families, churches, schools and communities, know the peace that Jesus gives and contribute alternatives that favor the prevention of violence.  

Photo: Violence (GNRC)


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