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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163097
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Enlace Guatemala: Developing Global Awareness in Canadian Youth
Author(s):
Rempel, Steven
Author Details:
Steven Rempel, Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, email: srempel11@sympatico.ca
Abstract:
Background: The future of globalization and change exists in the hands of youth. Experiencing the effects of globalization enables the youth of both rich and impoverished nations to make decisions about the future and to work for positive change in the world. Enlace-Guatemala was a 5-week program developed and initiated by youth to allow young people aged 16 to 20 from Ontario, Canada to experience a new culture and society in Guatemala. As a co-developer and 18-year-old participant, I was one of the 10 group members who spent 3 1/2 weeks in the rural village of Santa Maria Tzeja, building, teaching, observing listening. Many relationships were formed with the community of Santa Maria Tzeja and this proved as a pathway to sharing. Guatemala endured decades of civil war, and the small community of Santa Maria Tzeja experienced the massacre of 17 people in 1982. Many of the current community members were children at the time, and we met with, and heard stories from, some of these conflict survivors. Hearing the stories of torture, murder and escape to Mexico changed the Canadian youth. We saw the complexities of war, including the support and involvement of other nation-states, and the differing reports of conflict from different sources, such as contradictions between media portrayals and the stories of survivors. We also witnessed the post-war repercussions on the lives of community members decades later. For example, people were still rebuilding their community after returning from refugee camps and they continue to fear the military. These are all elements of living with a memory of war, a memory that will never leave this community. The hope is that the experiences in Guatemala will develop a sense of global awareness and compassion in the Canadian youth. In evaluations of Enlace-Guatemala, both parents and participants felt that this experience was valuable and should be repeated. The goal is for a life transforming experience to develop youth into socially and globally conscious individuals who will possess the ability and willingness to help bring positive change to the global community.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Host:
McMaster University
Conference Location:
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Description:
2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.
Note:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEnlace Guatemala: Developing Global Awareness in Canadian Youthen_GB
dc.contributor.authorRempel, Stevenen_US
dc.author.detailsSteven Rempel, Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, email: srempel11@sympatico.caen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163097-
dc.description.abstractBackground: The future of globalization and change exists in the hands of youth. Experiencing the effects of globalization enables the youth of both rich and impoverished nations to make decisions about the future and to work for positive change in the world. Enlace-Guatemala was a 5-week program developed and initiated by youth to allow young people aged 16 to 20 from Ontario, Canada to experience a new culture and society in Guatemala. As a co-developer and 18-year-old participant, I was one of the 10 group members who spent 3 1/2 weeks in the rural village of Santa Maria Tzeja, building, teaching, observing listening. Many relationships were formed with the community of Santa Maria Tzeja and this proved as a pathway to sharing. Guatemala endured decades of civil war, and the small community of Santa Maria Tzeja experienced the massacre of 17 people in 1982. Many of the current community members were children at the time, and we met with, and heard stories from, some of these conflict survivors. Hearing the stories of torture, murder and escape to Mexico changed the Canadian youth. We saw the complexities of war, including the support and involvement of other nation-states, and the differing reports of conflict from different sources, such as contradictions between media portrayals and the stories of survivors. We also witnessed the post-war repercussions on the lives of community members decades later. For example, people were still rebuilding their community after returning from refugee camps and they continue to fear the military. These are all elements of living with a memory of war, a memory that will never leave this community. The hope is that the experiences in Guatemala will develop a sense of global awareness and compassion in the Canadian youth. In evaluations of Enlace-Guatemala, both parents and participants felt that this experience was valuable and should be repeated. The goal is for a life transforming experience to develop youth into socially and globally conscious individuals who will possess the ability and willingness to help bring positive change to the global community.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:33:44Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:33:44Z-
dc.conference.date2006-
dc.conference.hostMcMaster Universityen_US
dc.conference.locationDhaka, Bangladeshen_US
dc.description2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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