The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela participated in the installation of the seminar on politics, citizen participation and social innovation within the framework of the Bicentennial Congress of the Peoples. The act serves to take the first steps towards the creation of the system of popular leaders training schools.
The national president reflected on the importance of training and learning about our history, in order to understand the present we are living and build the future of the country. He welcomed 148 international guests, including intellectuals, artists, historians, writers, among others, to add their knowledge and experiences to this initiative.
He said that this system of training schools must “make visible, study and understand where we come from. We are the result of an accumulation of processes that encompasses 500 years of resistance, which has been an expression of the Venezuelan people's capacity to fight ”, reflected the president.
President Maduro gave the floor to the Governor of Miranda state, Héctor Rodríguez, who is coordinator of the team promoting this training system. Which indicated that the first course consists of 5 modules: the Bolivarian project, insurgent history, security and defense of the nation, Bolivarian and Chavista leadership and the new state-territory and the new geometry of power.
This pilot course, Rodríguez said, “seeks to become a space for articulation between the different social movements of the country. It also seeks to strengthen unity, with a view to the future and increase popular power to make the project of equality and social justice a reality ”.
Among the reflections that President Maduro contributed to this first sharing of knowledge, he reviewed our pre-Columbian origins, of which he invited us to feel proud.
"The Bicentennial Congress of the Peoples has to study, make visible and understand the historical process of which we are part, which includes at least 500 years of resistance," he commented.
Later, the head of state said that we are a mixture of culture that also came from Africa and that they resisted the imperialist attacks on Venezuelan lands. "To the historical struggle of the indigenous peoples, the struggle of the maroons who came from Mother Africa joined."
To continue reviewing the history from which we come, the Venezuelan president delved into the reflections on the origin of the emancipatory struggle that not only stayed in Venezuelan lands, but also went beyond the homeland borders to bring freedom.
"April 19, 1810 meant for Venezuela the first cry of emancipation from the Spanish empire and began a historical process that led Venezuelans at that time to form large armies, under the leadership of El Libertador Simón Bolívar," he said.
Integration of history with culture
The president asked to fill the grassroots leadership of popular power with the knowledge imparted in these modules, for which he requested the integration of the Ministry of Culture with the rest of the movements grouped in the Bicentennial Congress of the Peoples.
He instructed cultivators and historians of the Nation to fill the basic leadership training programs of the 34 chapters of the Bicentennial Congress of the Peoples with content.
“We have the obligation to build the new model of society under the doctrine of Bolivarianism of the XXI century. Today we have the Simón Bolívar National Project, which has two fundamental elements for the construction of the homeland: the Bolivarian Constitution of 1999 and the second is the Homeland Plan presented by the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez ”, recalled the chief of State.
"We are adapting that Plan for the homeland in the midst of the economic war with resistance, rebellion and hope to rebuild national life," said the president while asking to build our identity in the search for national unity: the new Venezuelan identity.