Carolina Valencia and Juan Camilo Aljuri Pimiento

Carolina Valencia is a co-founder and current director of Memoria y Ciudadanía, a non-profit organization that supports schools, teachers, and young people develop democratic behavior, critical thinking, and solidarity, with the purpose of growing engaged and active citizens. Before joining Memoria y Ciudadanía, Carolina taught Peace Education at the Teachers College - Universidad Externado de Colombia, and was a high school History teacher for more than fifteen years.

Juan Camilo Aljuri Pimiento has a B.A. and a M.A. in History. He has spent the last decade working for different government agencies in Colombia, leading nationwide strategies for the prevention of school violence, peace education, and fostering active citizenship and socio-emotional abilities in students. He is one of the founding members of the Memoria y Ciudadanía Foundation, a vegan and a passionate videogamer, who cares deeply about the relationship between education and children’s rights in Colombia.

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Civic Action Meets Civic Education in Colombia

Posted by Carolina Valencia and Juan Camilo Aljuri Pimiento on January 16, 2020

As historians, we have worked for a long time with Colombian school teachers on peace and citizenship education, both during their graduate degrees and through the implementation of official programs and projects in schools. Accordingly, the national strike is of great importance for us. It all began a few months ago, when a teachers’ protest was planned to take place on November 21st. The main purpose was to demand the fulfillment of several state commitments regarding educational issues (health plans, security, etc). However, other sectors joined in the following weeks and the protest became a national civic strike.

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Topics: Colombia

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