Maria Paula Unigarro Alba

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NameMaria Paula Unigarro Alba
Affiliated Organizations
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • Universidad de los Andes
  • MPP Student, Hertie School of Governance
  • Leadership Board Member, Education for Global Peace (EGP)
Country of origin / País de origenColombia
Address (where you do your work) / Dirección (donde realiza su trabajo)Berlin
Divisions / Motivations

In Colombia, my home country, and in other Latin-American countries where I have worked, I have seen deep social divisions based on political ideologies and cultural identities. Broadly speaking, I have witnessed how social tissue is destroyed, even at the family level, because of fear – fear of difference resulting in the denial of rights to others as a mechanism to protect their own. My experience in peace education is related to research and the design of pedagogical resources. I have conducted studies about violence and social conflicts and, based on the results, I have elaborated recommendations to address such issues from the policy level. Additionally, I have designed pedagogical material on peace culture to promote conflict transformation between communities and government officials. In bad moments, I remind myself that even though I cannot see the changes I would like to, the best I can do is to try to positively impact my community.

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