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
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. .
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
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