Están en proceso de coordinación hacia la creación de una Fundación para apoyar la Universidad de la Paz: Fundapaz. El objetivo prioritario de la Fundación será: Apoyar a la Universidad de la Paz a nivel académico y económico.
¿Cómo se puede apoyar esta iniciativa?
Financiar la matricula a los estudiantes de zonas rurales y barrios pobres de Barrancabermeja y Bucaramanga que han aplicado para ingresar a la Universidad de la Paz. La matricula por semestre tiene un costo de 200 dólares. Se acepta también el apoyo para libros, transporte y materiales académicos.
Con urgencia se necesita la donación de computadores para instalarlos en la sede de la Universidad de la Paz y facilitar el contacto de profesores y estudiantes de Boston, y de las grandes ciudades Colombianas, con estudiantes de la Universidad de la Paz del Magdalena Medio. Decenas de estudiantes han ofrecido ser mentores.
Es importante establecer un puente de comunicación entre los directivos de Universidades de Bogotá, Medellín y Cali con el Padre Francisco de Roux y los directivos de la Universidad de la Paz. Esto con el fin de apoyarlos en el diseño de programas académicos, materiales, tutores Colombianos, seminarios de profesores colombianos para estudiantes y profesores de la Universidad de la Paz. Estudiantes de post-grado de las universidades mencionadas pueden ser profesores de la Universidad de la paz por un semestre o un año como práctica profesional.
Si usted quiere más información o quiere ofrecer algún apoyo comuníquese con:
María Cristina Caballero
¿Qué es la universidad de la paz?
"El Instituto Universitario de la Paz, Unipaz, is a public institution created by Decree 0331, on November 19 1987 (Santander Assembly.) The Institution is in economic crisis because the students cannot pay the tuition ($200 dollars per semester). The Municipality of Barrancabermeja has not been contributing money to the University, leaving people without options to study."
Unipaz offers: " programs to educate teachers and nurses, Zoo-technical and veterinary Medicine, agronomic engineering, production engineering, environment and sanitation engineering, hygiene and industrial security technology...
4000 jóvenes provenientes de las zonas en conflicto y barrios pobres (estrato uno y dos) han aplicado para ingresar como estudiantes a la Universidad de la paz... Ninguno puede pagar la matricula..... ($200 dólares por semestre.)
Los estudiantes que han aplicado le han dicho al padre de Roux que ellos quieren estudiar también:
-- Medicina y enfermería
-- Ingeniería electrónica y mecánica
-- Ciencias naturales
- Ciencias sociales con énfasis en derechos humanas , resolución de conflictos y desarrollo
Mensajes de apoyo
I have been very moved by your efforts and by Father Francisco de Roux's vision and success.
I believe it is important that he is able to demonstrate success through education and peace in the dynamic that Colombia finds itself in today.
Especially in the Magdalena Medio which I know is one of the epicenters of the violence.
I would very much like to contribute to your efforts. Here is what I have to offfer:
I would like to introduce you to the Principals of ePals. I have contacted them already and they offered their support immediately. They are willing to lend their services and infrastructure to UniPaz and to all of the people that are interested in helping Father de Roux.
ePALS is a leader in virtual community building and knowledge sharing. They are multilingual and reach 4 million students and educators internationally.
Below are links to their Web site:
I would like to set up a meeting in Boston with ePals at your earliest convenience.
Also, I am very interested in finding a way to provide UniPaz free or subsidized Internet access. My father was President of Occidental in Colombia for 8 years and he is going to help me find sponsors from the Oil sector.
I also have other ideas for providing computer hardware and Internet Access. Looking forward to speaking with you soon.
* COLOMBIA'S HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IS WORSENING EXPONENTIALLY. This weekend 118 civilians, 45 of them children, were killed when home-made mortars
slammed into a church in the village of Bojaya, Choco, located 225 miles
northwest of the capital of Bogota. More than 100 peasants were badly
---AMAZING RESPONSE FROM HARVARD STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS WHO ATTENDED THE
ARCO FORUM EVENT DEDICATED TO COLOMBIA, AND NOW ARE VOLUNTEERING TO HELP
COLOMBIA IN SOME WAY. MANY HAVE OFFERED TO SUPPORT FATHER FRANCISCO DE
ROUX?S (LAST WEEK'S MAIN GUEST SPEAKER) UNIVERSITY TOWARD PEACE--- PLEASE
* It would be a privilege to mentor a young Colombian student from the
University toward Peace. Colombia is near and dear to my heart as I am in
the coffee business and used to buy LOTS of coffee from Colombia. Let me
know how can I help.
--- Julie W. Barrett/ KSG -- MC/MPA 2002
* I am interested in joining this initiative in some way. I am looking
into going to Colombia?but I .I will let you know if I can make the
-- Terry Mcgintylaw, KSG MPA2
* You can count on me! I am willing to help Father de Roux?s University
toward Peace. I don?t know exactly how could I help? I would like to talk
more about this.
---Kenny Mendiwelson, MBA Harvard Business School.
* I am studying international Education Policies, focused on the use of
technology in developing countries. I would like to join this initiative. I
will begin contacting some organizations that are focused in implementing
educational technologies. I will initially propose them to donate some
computers; then, I volunteer to begin a program to use those technologies
in the University toward Peace.
--- Claudia Orjuela, Master?s candidate/ International Education Policy/
Harvard Graduate School of Education
* Camila Rodriguez, MPA-ID student, decided to write a paper about the
Magdalena Medio?s University toward Peace.
* "I am interested in this initiative. Please let me know how I may become
more involved and informed."
--- Dan Wagner/ Kennedy School/ MC/MPA
* I am amazed about the development projects that Father de Roux is
leading in Magdalena Medio, confronting very diverse circumstances. I
would like to help the 40000 young Colombians who applied to be students
at the University toward Peace. I feel that I need to get deeply involved
in this initiative!
--- Natalia/ Master?s Candidate/ Harvard Law School
* I am a Phd candidate in the Earth Sciences Department. I am very
interested in supporting programs than enhance peace and social equality in
Colombia. You can count on me! I would like to support the projects of
Father de Roux. I am designing a curriculum about environmental risks and
natural disasters, topics that must be studied and addressed in
countries like Colombia. I offer myself to go and teach seminars about
these topics at the University toward Peace.
--- Freddy Corredor, Harvard University/ Structural Geology and Tectonics
Group Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences
"Providing alternatives and hope to young Colombians who are willing to
study and to dedicate their professional lives to this convulsed country's
development would be one of the best ways to help Colombia," Father
Francisco de Roux
* When the ARCO Forum on Colombia took place I was in Brazil, working on my
dissertation. I would like to help the Colombian University toward peace. I
volunteer to be a mentor of a student. I would also like to donate some
money. Please keep me informed about how can I help.
-- Arturo Ardila , Phd Candidate, MIT
* Professor Marshal Ganz (KSG) expressed his interest in getting more
detailed information about what would be the best way to help; he is
interested in joining the initiative. Professor Ganz is even considering
the idea of going to Magdalena Medio?
* "I would be interested in receiving more information on this
initiative", Kelly Peterson/ Kennedy School Student
* Kennedy School Professor Barbara Kellerman (Center for Public
Leadership) expressed her interest in the proposal to help the University
toward Peace. She considers that the ARCO Forum event on Colombia was
"splendid" and that the Harvard student?s initiative to support the
University toward Peace is a "careful and creative follow-up... I am
certain we will be in touch and I look forward to continuing the
* We could organize events to get funds for Father de Roux?s University
toward Peace? We could organize a party! I would like to support the
mentoring initiative but we could also contribute raising funds!
--- Marcela Renteria, Colloquium- Harvard and Mit Colombian students
* Thanks very much for following up the ARCO Forum event with an action
email!. I'm researching a reconciliation program.
--- Adriana Paasche Dakin/ Master in Public Policy, 2003/ KSG
PROPOSAL/ SUPPORT TO MAGDALENA MEDIO'S UNIVERSITY TOWARD PEACE
------------------PLEASE JOIN US!-------------------------------
-- Father Francisco de Roux is leading an amazing development project in
Magdalena Medio, one of the most convulsed Colombian regions. De Roux has
succesfully coordinated more than 90 development projects in 29
-- Father de Roux received a Phd in Economics from La Sorbone (Paris), a
master degree from the London School of Economics, degrees in Philosophy,
Economics and Theology from Los Andes University, and Javeriana University
(in Bogota, Colombia.) "After so many years of study I finally realized
that the key issue is to empower people, through education and
development", he said during his recent visit to Harvard.
--Considering the concrete results he has achieved, he was the recipient of
Colombia's National Peace Prize, and the European Union recently approved
30 million dollars to expand his development project.
-- One of the projects he is supporting in the Magdalena Medio is a
"University Toward Peace" (UNIPAZ.) It's goal is to contribute to the
regional development, overcoming poverty (70 percent of the population
lives in poverty), and improving not only the economic but the social and
cultural situation of the local population. UNIPAZ's key goal is: "to
educate women and men for peace and harmony with their fellow Colombians,
and with Colombia's natural resources".
-- Father de Roux is a member of UNIPAZ's board of directors. This
University is already offering the local inhabitants bachelor programs to
become teachers, nurses, veterinarians. It is also offering studies on:
environmental and sanitation engineering, and agronomy. Many young
Colombians from rural regions and poor urban zones are hoping to be
accepted as students at this University. According to the Roux, they have
received more than 4,000 applications...
-- The candidates have expressed de Roux that they would like to study: how
to enhance economic development, how to manage people and businesses, how
to professionalize and streghten the local and regional judicial systems;
how to achieve the protection of human rights; what have been some of the
conflict resolution methods and strategies in countries addressing complex
conflicts; how to promote leadership. Some of the candidates have expressed
that they would like to become doctors (medicine). There are Colombian
teenagers interested in learning about every field...
-- UNIPAZ is in critical economic situation because almost no-student can
pay any tutition. Nevertheless, about 700 students have personally
expressed Father De Roux that they don't want to stop their studies; that
they want to be professionals dedicated to achieve peace and development in
-- A group of Harvard students, who attended the ARCO Forum event, has
proposed to create a mentoring program. Others have propose d to create a
fund in order to finance the tuition of at least 1000 os the young
Colombians who applied, and arre hoping to become students of the
University toward Peace, but don?t have how to pay the tuition. According
to Father de Roux, the individual tuition per semester is: 200 dollars per
We wonder if you would be interested in joining this initiative? It would
be great to support young Colombians willing to progress.
-- Any idea from volunteers (Professors, fellows, students, any
professional or non-professional willing to help) would be welcome. Just
* You can become a mentor occasionally explaining concepts, trends,
theories... to the local professors/students
* The mentors could occasionally send the professors/students some up-dated
materials related with their field of study; the mentors could, perhaps,
* You could also (if possible) help them finance some books, and/or
tuition (just 200 dollars per smester.)
* You could organize a seminar in any field. They are willing to learn
about different fields?
The seminar could be organized in Barrancabermeja (Father de Roux would
coordinate everything about security?the Colombian oil company has
headquarter there?extremely well protected.) If you prefer, the seminar
could also be organized in Bucaramanga (small city relatively close) or
Bogota, the capital of Colombia.
* ... Every idea would probably be well received by the students/professors
of the University toward Peace. They are really struggling to study and
progress in the middle of very adverse circumstances. Certainly, they need
and deserve help.
-- JUST A PROPOSAL: There could probably be installed some computers with
internet access in UNIPAZ; and the mentoring process could begin by
internet and/or telephone...
Would you like to donate some money toward this goal?
-- We sincerely hope that you would be interested in joining this
initiative! If you are interested in joining this initiative, please send
me an e-mail. I had the opportunity to talk with Father de
Roux yesterday. He asked me to say hello to all those who attended the ARCO
Forum event and/or who have expressed interest in Colombia. He also told me
that it would be really great to receive support for the University toward
Peace. "Providing alternatives and hope to young Colombians who are willing
to study and dedicate their professional lives to this country's
development would be one of the best ways to help Colombia," he said.
-- To reiterate, if you are willing to help the University toward Peace in
some way (any way) please send me an e-mail:
Maria Cristina Caballero
Edward S. Mason Fellow
MC/MPA John F. Kennedy School
* Enseño literatura latinoamericana y si en Unipaz les interesan las
humanidades podría pensar en ir a enseñar un semestre. Brandeis University,
donde enseño, tiene un programa de Peace and Conflict Resolution. Uno de
sus proyectos es enviar estudiantes a hacer pasantías en lugares en conflicto
con organizaciones que trabajen por la paz. Podríamos pensar en que un
estudiante de Brandeis vaya a trabajar por un semestre a UNIPAZ, enseñando ingles por
Gracias por comunicar esta iniciativa.
profesora de Brandeis University
Soy docente e investigador aquí en México especializado en asuntos de
derecho internacional, particularmente derechos humanos y derechos
indígenas... Tengo muchísimo interés en apoyar los proyectos del Padre de
Roux, UNIPAZ específicamente, y de difundir estos proyectos
aquí en México. Cuenten conmigo, a titulo personal y ojalá en términos
de enlaces institucionales... Mi publicación mas reciente es como
co-editor y co-autor de The Poverty of Rights: Human Rights and the
Eradication of Poverty (Zed Books/Comparative Research Programme on
Poverty, CROP, 2001).
Agradecería mucho que me incluyeran en la red de apoyo que propones, y que me hicieran llegar algún canal para poder comunicarme directamente con la UNIPAZ o con los otros proyectos .
Mil gracias y saludes, y felicidades por lo del Foro ARCO,
CAMILO PEREZ BUSTILLO
Juris Doctor (J.D.), May 1981, Northeastern University Law School, Boston,
Massachusetts/ Member of Massachusetts Bar (since 1982)
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