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Quito, October 11, 2018

Drafting FIDAL

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“Yasuní, School of Leadership” strengthens the qualities of the Waorani

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FIDAL began a new stage outside the city, thanks to the support of Fundación Repsol. It is about “Yasuní, School of Leadership”, an adaptation of the School in Quito, the same one that completed its first module from October 5 to 7.

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This proposal aims to contribute to the work carried out by Repsol in block 16 to improve the quality of life of the communities surrounding the company's operations. Thus, after a selection process within said block, 12 young Waorani from the Ganketapare, Dicaro, Yarentaro, Nenkeguiro and Gabaro communities are the ones who will receive three simultaneous workshops, which will address three central themes: Who am I? What is my environment? What do I propose?

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Within these three topics, experiential workshops, talks and self-learning and collaborative work activities will be implemented. To do this, FIDAL brought together a group of professionals who give their talks in a systematic and unified way.

In this first meeting, the lawyer and territorial manager Alejandra Barba addressed the block of "Identity and ancestral knowledge"; Master Carlos Chango taught on "Design of projects for development"; The workshops on environmental management and permaculture were given by José Martín Maldonado, and the strengthening of the personal development and leadership of the young people was carried out by the María Elena Ortiz master's degree in Education.

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By the end of the program, the Waorani youth will have developed leadership skills that include social and cultural awareness, identification and resolution of conflicts, teamwork, and the design of local or community development projects. FIDAL will accompany the design and execution of these projects by providing the necessary technical assistance