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Education is a means to live in peace, harmony and happiness

Educational Session / Guatemala
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The Minister of Education of the Republic of Guatemala, Oscar Hugo López, opened the Educational Session of the 4th edition of the Peace Integration Summit, CUMIPAZ 2018, in the Izabal room of the Westin Camino Real Hotel in Guatemala City.
"We are convinced that peace is more than the absence of war, it is the construction of makers of human dignity in its holistic conception, with responsibility in the individual, family, social and public areas," he said.
The minister also said that one cannot have peace in a society if the issues of: culture, linguistics, governance in education, transparency and optimization of resources are not addressed, all of which are areas attended in CUMIPAZ.
"We are clear that to build peace we must develop a comprehensive education that generates happiness for our children, youth and adults," he added.
Oscar Hugo López Rivas
Minister of Education (Guatemala)
López mentioned that CUMIPAZ 2018 was declared of educational interest by the Ministry of Education through Ministerial Agreement No. 2009-2018 of July 12, and disseminated within the national education system, in support of this multidisciplinary space for dialogue and integration by the peace.

He said that through this decree the national government carried out various actions aimed at developing personal and collective learning about peace, executed during the first week September.

Activities were developed in all schools in the country using a methodological guide as an educational resource, which included: analysis of national and global realities, knowledge about peace and definitions of commitments for peacebuilding in the personal, family and social areas.

Finally, he highlighted the power that education has in transforming societies:


"Peace is a construction done by all, education is a good way to build peace; but we need the connection of family, of the different organizations and above all, a strong commitment to live entirely in search of the common good ".


Oscar Hugo López Rivas
Minister of Education (Guatemala)


CUMIPAZ Peace Integration Summit