Educational Institution Itagui, Antioquia, welcomes the GEAP and the forum: "Educating to Remember - The Holocaust, Paradigm of Genocide".
On March 12, the Educational Institution Esteban Ochoa, welcomed the GEAP which was presenting the forum: “Educating to Remember, The Holocaust, Paradigm of Genocide”.
The Global Ambassador of Peace and CEO of the GEAP, Dr. William Soto Santiago, is certain that education, public or private, plays a determining role in the formation of habits and capabilities of the human being, as well as in the formation of the individual and collective conscience. That is why the GEAP has moved these forums, not only to a university level, but to a high school level as well, where students need to learn about the Holocaust, given the high criminal and violence incidents that the world is currently seeing.
The event, which counted with more than 250 students, directors, professors, special guests and Government Representatives, was highlighted with the presence of Dr. Ruben Dario Naranjo Henao, Honorable Member of the Departmental Assembly of Antioquia; Dr. Edgar Alfredo Acosta, Director of the House of Justice for Victims of the City of Itagüí, Dr. Hernando Loaiza lawyer and historian, Dr. Wilson Alvarez Toro, Undersecretary of Educational Quality of the Ministry of Education of the City of Itagui, Dr. Carlos Alberto Arcila Valencia, spokesperson, and the coordinator of the Bureau of Human Rights in Aburra Valley in eastern Colombia.
Dr. Hernando Loaiza gave a historical overview of what the Holocaust was, noting that it was not a crime only against the Jews, but also against Jehovah’s Witnesses, Gypsies, homosexuals, political opponents and the mentally disabled. All of these people were victims of the atrocities perpetrated by Hitler and Nazi Germany, with its ideology of the “Aryan” super race. The historian also stressed on the importance of remembering these events, not only to honor them, but to prevent them from happening again.