The University of Santo Tomás of Colombia, in partnership with the Fraternity – International Humanitarian Missions (FIHM), Emergency Education, Mahle Institute, and the Waldorf Educational and Social Corporation, are organizing the Education Cycle Webinar in Emergency Situations and Humanitarian Responses.
The first meeting will be on Friday, September 4, at 4 pm. The subject of this meeting will be: A Brief Introduction on Humanitarian Contents; its facilitators will be: the volunteer missionary of the Fraternity Missions (FIHM), Anderson Santiago, the co-founder of the Association of Emergency Education in Brazil, Reinaldo Nascimento, and the specialist in Disaster Risk Management, and consultant of the UNICEF, José Efraim Vasquez Heredia.
The second meeting will take place on the 11th, with the subject: Consequences and Traumas of the Pandemic – Behavior, Good Practices and Experiences in Support of Children and Adolescents.
The objective of this Webinar Cycle is to introduce the subject of Education in Emergency Situations and Humanitarian Responses, which will later be worked with in a Seminar that had been designed to take place with attendees being present in person in the cities of Bogota and Cúcuta, in Colombia, before the beginning of the pandemic, but has been postponed until this planetary situation has been better defined.
According to Anderson Santiago, this webinar has become even more necessary within this historic context, because of the COVID-19 health crisis being added to the humanitarian crisis already occurring with the immigration of more than 1.5 million Venezuelans to Colombia.
Almost five million Venezuelans have left their country because of the social, political, and economic crisis, creating the greatest displacement in the recent history of Latin America.
“In light of this scenario, we need to be aware that there is a great struggle going on in humanity against hate and separateness. For this reason, Education in Emergency Situations reinforces that things can’t “go back to normal.” What we need is to learn through this situation, making this huge challenge an opportunity for growth and service for the common good of all humanity, especially the children, who are more vulnerable today,” concludes Anderson.