Foundation Aprendizaje en Acción celebrates Nelson Mandela Day in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Foundation Aprendizaje en Acción celebrates Nelson Mandela Day in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

In Santa Cruz Bolivia the Foundation Aprendizaje en Acción - AEA will celebrate the third consecutive time the festivities in remembrance of the birthday and the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Being the Foundation Aprendizaje en Acción a pioneer Bolivian NGO devoted to diversity and the promotion of human rights it embraces the values of education based on equal rights and opportunities, gender equality, and motivates personal and collective development inspired by the example of Nelson Mandela's struggle for civil rights and social development.

The International Nelson Mandela Day in Santa Cruz Bolivia is a true intercultural event with art, live music and dialogue celebrating diversity with the participation of representatives of United Nations in Bolivia, the Afrobolivian Community of Santa Cruz as well as organizations of different ethnic groups of our Plurinational State.

The objective of our event is to promote the message of Madiba in support of alternative education to generate inclusive, consultative and participative social experiences, promoting values, virtues, qualities and skills to enhance individual development crucial to achieve lasting social peace.

"The message of Mandela is omnipresent - his legacy is the one of genuine leadership and symbol of persistence in the struggle for justice social inclusion - Mandela is an example of humanity to all of us" - said Patricia Chávez Zalles director of AEA.

The event will take place at the UTEPSA University on the 18th and at the Centro Boliviano Americano on the 19th of July in Santa Cruz.

The "Jornadas Internacionales de Nelson Mandela" is supported by United Nations in Bolivia, the Autonomus Departamental Goverment of Santa Cruz, Semanario Uno, Souzainfantas, the Smart Ideas Agency and

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Total participants: 400

In Santa Cruz, Bolivia the Foundation Aprendizaje en Accion, the Afrobolivian Community of Santa Cruz and United Nations in Bolivia joined people around the world to celebrate the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

The event held on the 18th and 19th of July at the UTEPSA University and the Bolivian American Center turned out to be a mayor success due to the massive participation of local youth and the dedicated involvement of the partner organizations.

The message of Nelson Mandela today is as valid as it was in 1991, when South Africa under his leadership to everybody's surprise managed to leave behind the dark years of the apartheid.

The Afrobolivian Comunity of Santa Cruz (CABOLS) demonstrated the deep african roots of their people through the presentation of the afrobolivian saya - a unique piece of cultural heritage of this singular Latin-American afro community.

The president of CABLOS, Mr Antonio Angola shared his testimony about the influence of Mandela's legacy in his community, underlining that message of Madiba always marked a path of integration and solidarity for all afrobolivians as the one and only way to the prosperous construction of a multiethnic society.

"Mr. Mandela is a great nation builder who managed to fund a state on the principles of unity and diversity, a South African who sacrificed his liberty for the sake of what later was to become the so called Rainbow Country, and who responded violence with forgiveness and conciliation." - said to Patricia Chávez Zalles, director of the Foundation Aprendizaje en Acción and host of the event.

More than two hundred students gathered  to join this call to action. "For us the message of Nelson Mandela means integration, reconciliation and unity, his is a living example of transcendental values for the youth of today " - concluded Mariana Medina a young afrobolivian participant.

Mr Hernán Cabrera, representative of the Santa Cruz Office of the Ombudsman speaking about Mandela empathized on the imperative of the elimination of all forms and shapes of racism currently present in the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

"I thank whatever gods may be; For my unconquerable soul" - queted the highly regarded Bolivian writter, Homero Carvalho Oliva, the poem "Invictus", that kept alive the faith and of Nelson Mandela during the long 27 years of his imprisonment. Mr Carvalho pointed out that the first South African president taught us the value of equality, as well as the importance of overcoming our own fears. "No nation can spread its wings of liberty, if it is held back by the chains of the past." - said Carvalho.

Nelson Madiba Mandela is the personification of our best human nature. Valor, integrity, courage and persistence marked his life as a devoted advocate of democracy, equality and education. His life is an inspiration for all of us who believe in social justice, peace and the unity of mankind without regard to color, race or religion.(Márton Hardy -


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