Costarricans are feeling excited and happy for many reasons. Everyone is talking about our country because our soccer team finished unbeaten the first round in the 2014 Brazil WorldCup. Also, Unesco granted the four archaelogical sites with pre-Columbian stone spheres as World Heritage. As well, Costa Rica has been ranked 25th out of 132 countries in the global ranking of social progress.
We have more good news, Katherine Armstrong from Ecosistemas de Paz team is participing at the 2nd Annual Global Peace Workshop 23-27, June 2014 in Muğla,Turkey. At this workshop, they are exploring the role of young people in promoting peace through arts, culture and tourism.
Culture is a vital instrument in building peace, helping us to understand ourselves, our values and traditions in relation to others near and far. In today’s increasingly connected world, where we are able to cut across boundaries and interact with others with unprecedented ease, the opportunities for cultural exchange have never been so vast. And it is often the young who make the most of these opportunities, travelling to other countries for work, study and tourism, and building relationships across difference at home and online.
Increased cultural exchange can help us to foster mutual understanding and manage change, yet much of the potential of culture for building peace goes untapped.
The Ecosistemas de Paz voice is represented by Katherine at this event. She is working with Phd candidates, researchers, advocates, diplomats and professors from Afganistan, Arzebaijan, Pakistan, Turkey, Russia, Philippines, U.S.A, South Africa and more.
Katherine was selected from more than 300 candidates around the world. We welcome this opportunity to explore the challenges that young people are facing to build a culture of peace.
Congratulations Katherine! We are so proud of your talent and dedication in building a culture of peace and non violence around the world.