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Within the framework of the 3-year implementation of the Peace with Legality policy, the graduation ceremony of the Motorcycle Mechanics training program was held today. Photo ARN Communications.
Through the Productive Environments, a model created in 2014, the Government of President Iván Duque and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with the support of the United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF) seek to promote the development of academic, labor, and psychosocial skills in people who are making progress in their return to legality and to strengthen their employability and productivity profile.
On Wednesday, November 3rd, the closing ceremony was held with the participation of 24 people undergoing reincorporation, who, accompanied online by their families, received a diploma certifying them as motorcycle and three-wheeler car mechanic assistants.
“With my graduation, I feel happy, and it is a very emotional moment. The learning I acquired was important in my life because thanks to it I will have my business or company to commit to peace with legality," said Anirley Sanchez, the only woman who participated in the productive environment.
For his part, the Director General of the ARN, Andrés Stapper, pointed out that peace is built from various scenarios, and the training provided by the Productive Environments program is one of the most important for the National Government.
“In the particular case of Antioquia, the Fundación Incolmotos Yamaha (Incolmotos Yamaha Foundation) was our great ally in the effort to strengthen the economic sustainability and the ability of productive skills of people in the process of reincorporation", Stapper pointed out.
Likewise, Ana Durán-Salvatierra, Head of Mission of the IOM in Colombia, was emphatic in pointing out that “A process that will benefit not only the people undergoing reincorporation but also their families and their territories ends. These results underscore the commitment of the ex-combatants, the National Government, international cooperation and civil society to peace-building".
The Productive Environment model also provides psychosocial support to the person undergoing the reincorporation process, covering aspects of personal, family, work, and community performance, in order to strengthen the social fabric with the community and contribute to reparation and non-repetition.