The Unireformed University Reaches its 20th Anniversary Training the Community in Practicing Peace

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The Corporación Universitaria Reformada de Barranquilla (CUR), an organisation which is a party to DiPaz, celebrates its 20 year’ founding anniversary with various activities between the months of May and October of the current year. Some of these activities are: in May, a concert with the Unireformed philarmonic orchestra and the presentation of the book “El propósito del capital,” in June, the integration with the administrative support, in July, integration of the graduates community, in August, the international seminary on education, in September, the cultural love and friendship gathering event, and, in October, the celebration of the reform, a festival of Christian music.

The Unireformed University was founded by the Presbiterian Church as part of the educative tradition of the protestant reform that reached Colombia about 165 years ago, which has shred light on education from the perspective of human freedom and consciousness to build communities which respect human dignity and live democratically. This tradition reaches Colombia to promote other ways in which the Church can exist and through the Schools from America present in many Colombian cities.

As said by Milton Mejía, Deputy Director of  CUR’s Extension and Interinstitutional Relations, “this institution was created to continue the educative reformed protestant tradition in the Colombian professional education hence, since its creation it was conceived to contribute with the overcoming of the armed conflict and support the bulding of peace in our country. For this reason, its motto has been “Training the community in practicing peace”which has lead to sponsor the processes of search and dialogue in peace with different armed groups, to create parterships and take part in different international and local networks like DiPaz to help with reconciliation and engage in support of communities, advocation and investigation, which have produced many works available for consulting and educational processes.”

“We think that, for educating human beings who can live together in peace it is necessary that those who attend the University take par tinto the learning processes where they connect and integrate the academic content and the investigation with their lives and community and international experiences” stated Deputy Director of  CUR’s Extension and Interinstitutional Relations and Coordinator of the Advocacy Committee of DiPaz Milton Mejía.

Mejía also stated that as part of the reformed educative tradition they “do not offer education for religious canvassing, since the interest is to educate humsn beings who develop scientific and critical thinking for them to be good professionals in their Jobs and can live together in peace inspired by respect to human and opinion diversity to live in a more pure democracy and achieve justice that allows to live in dignity to all humanity. For this reason, at the Univesrity, there are students of all religions and political opinions and is open to human diversity, emphasizing the offering of a service to people with fewer economic possibilities to study at private and public univesities due to expensive tuition or lack of vacancies.”

La celebración

The celebration

The Corporación Universitaria Reformada de Barranquilla (CUR), an organisation which is a party to DiPaz, celebrates its 20 year’ founding anniversary with various activities between the months of May and October of the current year. Some of these activities are: in May, a concert with the Unireformed philarmonic orchestra and the presentation of the book “El propósito del capital,” in June, the integration with the administrative support, in July, integration of the graduates community, in August, the international seminary on education, in September, the cultural love and friendship gathering event, and, in October, the celebration of the reform, a festival of Christian music.

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