Santa Cruz, Bolivia Sept. 30, 2000 SolarQuest® iNet News Service
On Friday, Team Bolivia was fortunate to meet Gabriela Eguino, Coordinator of Liderazgo Juvenil para el Servico al Bien Común, who invited the team to the second annual Festival Artistico La Juventud Moviendo al Mundo on Saturday. In an afternoon of music, dance, art and theater, youth from ten schools in Santa Cruz demonstrated their commitment to community service in a service project that was organized by Gabriela and other students at Universidad Nur.
The ten participating schools are: El "Modulo" Arenal, Adela Zamudio, Ramón Darío Gutierrez, Kurt Richter, Wenceslao Montero, Municipal 3 de Mayo, Mirth Vizcarra, Luís Espinal, Mamerto Oyola, and Yoland Prada.
Upon the arrival of guests, several students provided guided tours, presenting a detailed overview of their program. To put the program in perspective, this very professional tour guide stressed that the program's objective is not to produce people who think they are leaders by manipulating, intimidating, patronizing or being a know-it-all, but to engender the quality of leadership through direct experience by working in groups. Everyone learns leadership in a democratic framework, and leadership tasks are shared.
At left: One of the many impressive presentations was a dance by a group of students adorned in spectacular costumes, as this photo demonstrates.
At right: Colorful costumes, dynamic music and well-choreographed dancing happened all through the afternoon and into the evening.
This mural illustrates a metaphor of the old, decayed city, which youth must first tear down to build anew.
After an full afternoon and discussions with members of the Universidad Nur, Team Bolivia was reassured of the great potential for collaboration with Universidad Nur and the Rotary Clubs of Santa Cruz in the support of the Village Power 2000 mission in Porvenir.