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DPNA/DFAF Forging Leadership Workshops

Quito, Ecuador
September 4 and 5, 2003

Training Team: The training team was composed of Calvina Fay, Mina Seinfeld de Carakushansky, Jorge Cevallos Dillon, Maria de Lourdes Portaluppi, Carlos Reyes, Laura Baldivieso and a few local presenters.  Guayaquil NGO Semillas de Amor director Maria de Lourdes Portaluppi was invited to be part of the team.

Local Partners: Our local partner, as suggested by the American Embassy in Ecuador and accepted by the State Department, was the Secretariat of Drug Prevention of the Ministry of Education of Ecuador. The director of the Secretariat Professor Paquita Moncayo and his deputy is Professor Carlos Reyes  were in charge of inviting all the heads of the Ministry sections that deal with drug prevention in the Ecuadorian schools (23 regions from across the country). She was invited to be part of the training team.

Participants:  There were 45 workshop participants, all of them very much involved with the issues which we planned for the context of the training.

Program:  Although we encountered a slight difficulty with the unexpected no show (due to illness) of one of the presenters, Dr. Guillermo Fernandez, we were able to make all the presentations as planned.

The themes presented were:

1) Drug prevention education - presented by Dr. Carlos Reyes and some other locals and Laura Baldivieso

2) Sound Drug Policies - Calvina Fay and Mina Seinfeld de Carakushansky

3) Preventive Cities - Mina Seinfeld de Carakushansky; and

4) Coalition Building - Mina Seinfeld de Carakushansky. Additionally, Dr. Jorge Cevallos Dillon made a short presentation on drug policies in Latin America and the need to make them stronger, and

5) Maria de Lourdes Portaluppi made a short presentation on the status of the NGOs who work in drug prevention and treatment in Ecuador.  

6) Laura Baldivieso, DPNA board representative, made two presentations: one about DPNA and the other about drug prevention education.  

Documents and Outcomes:  Each participant received a spiral bound book that we produced of educational materials on many issues as well as a CD containing many of the texts which we are using in our Forjando Liderazgo trainings. Additionally, they received a spiral bound book provided by our local partners. A Declaration of intent was signed by the participants to show their desire to start working as a coalition following the DPNA/DFAF principles regarding drug issues. An evaluation of the workshop was conducted..  

For most of the participants, the information on drug policies and the legalization movement, was new.. Many of the people in the audience signed to become members of DPNA.  .

More about Quito:  Quito, city in northern Ecuador, capital of Ecuador and of Pichincha Province. The city is picturesquely situated on the lower slopes of Pichincha volcano in a narrow, fertile valley of the Andes Mountains at an elevation of 2850 m (9350 ft) above sea level. Because of its elevation it has a pleasant, moderate climate despite being just south of the equator. Quito has little heavy industry. Its chief manufactures include textiles, processed food, beverages, leather, cement, furniture, and gold and silver handicrafts. The city is linked with the Pacific Ocean by roads and a railroad (opened 1908), and is on the Pan-American Highway. Quito is the oldest South American capital and retains much of its colonial aspect. The city is laid out mainly according to a rectangular plan and has an expansive central plaza, many quiet parks and flower gardens, and numerous steep, narrow streets. The architecture of Quito is chiefly in the Spanish baroque style. Notable structures include a 17th-century cathedral and the churches of San Francisco, San Augustin, La Compañía, and Santo Domingo. The city is the site of the Central University of Ecuador (1769), the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (1946), and the National Polytechnic School (1869).  Source: http://encarta.msn.com

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