On 25th March, a delegation of Youth for a United World (Y4UW) and New Humanity visited the MERCOSUR head office in Montevideo, Uruguay to meet Maria Paz Echeverriarza, the Education programme officer at the UNESCO Representation for Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay
On 25th March, a delegation of Youth for a United World (Y4UW) and New Humanity of Uruguay was received by María Paz Echeverriarza, ethnologist and responsible for the area of Education at the UNESCO Representation to the governments of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
The members of the delegation were welcomed in the beautiful meeting room overlooking the Río de la Plata at the MERCOSUR office, home to the UNESCO commission for Uruguay. In this informal meeting, María Paz Echeverriarza explained what are the current priorities of UNESCO in the world – “gender equality (among males and females)” and Africa – and at the regional level – to improve the educational level of the teaching staff and the removal of inequality in the distribution of incomes and opportunities.
After this presentation, there was a spontaneous exchange of all that is going on among the youth. For instance, the onset of small businesses around the network that emerged around our social work “Nueva Vida” or how “Sharing with Africa”, a worksite of reciprocity, has become part and parcel of the United World Project. The African continent has much to say and give to the whole world.
“So far, society has always looked down upon community work. Through the United World Project you can create a positive ‘counterculture’, not a punishment but a way to build a better society”, concluded Maria Paz Echeverriarza who works in the field according to the concept of “communities of practice” according to Etienne Wenger. These communities aim at a practical goal in accordance to explicit rules, such as the Golden Rule and so forth. A comment of a youth attending this meeting: “A very good meeting where we felt truly listened to.”
Author: Maria Pia Gutierrez