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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
CIIR development worker leaves for Peru
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¬†Marysol Babarro has just left Galicia, on the Atlantic coast of Spain, for Tinta, high in the Andes and one of Peru's poorest regions, to work as a CIIR development worker, writes Matthew Heard. She will be working with the Instituto Superior Pedagůgico Tufac Amaru in Tinta on educational design and institutional strengthening. Marysol, originally from Venezuela, has been caring for disadvantaged children since 1982. "I hope I can share with the communities of the Sierra my knowledge and experience," she said. Marysol has completed studies in psychotherapy and counselling for children, and a Masters in Social Group Dynamics in which she examined how communities work and interact. She has also worked with indigenous communities, such as the Guajira people of Venezuela, helping them develop an education system that is sensitive to their culture. These skills are urgently required in Tinta, where the institute offers a five-year teacher-training course to young people, mostly from the local Quechua community. Marysol hopes to work alongside local communities, building on the work of recently returned development worker Alfonso Lopez to tackle the loss of identity that many young Quechuas feel. When asked why she wanted to leave Galicia for one of Peru's poorest regions, Marysol said: "Because I believe in nternational solidarity and because I believe that the world can and should be a better place." Source: Catholic Institute for International Relations
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