Cartagena (Colombia), Nov 24 (EFE) .- The Minister of Culture, Mariana Garcés, said today that the Workshop Schools that operate in several cities in Colombia and that train young people in trades traditional, are a "commitment to peace." p>
During the closing of the III National Meeting of Schools Workshop and the III Meeting of Schools Workshop of Latin America and the Caribbean the minister Garcés explained to Efe the project also represents "a commitment to understand the dimension of traditional trades". P>
Garcés described the meeting as "enormously positive" because they exchanged "knowledge and experiences" and valued that the network of workshops "works". p>
"To gather more than 37 Latin American Workshop Schools means a lot, means that these projects They are alive. " p>
The minister said that" people who are trained in a Workshop School are basically trained as entrepreneurs so that 85% of graduates have the possibility of finding a job or having a business of their own. p>
During the meeting, topics such as: technical aspects of traditional construction systems, insertion were analyzed work of apprentices of workshop schools, the conservation of contemporary and historical heritage, problems of operation of the Schools Workshop and solutions and the teaching of trades non-architectural. p>
In the meeting, organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Aecid), more than 80 representatives of Workshop Schools in Latin America and the Caribbean. p>
Directors of Workshop Schools, directors of heritage areas, observers, researchers and aid workers attended. More than 17 countries including: Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and a special delegation of the National Government of the Republic of El Salvador.