Joint foundation-company committees were set up to facilitate the incorporation of community approaches into the projects of the different foundations and to integrate various parties and sectors in the territories, apart from school.
We held a Wayúu Customs and Habits Workshop for the team of staff and contractors that will be in charge of projects in La Guajira in 2020, for purposes of contextualizing and generating knowledge of and respect for Wayúu traditions.
In order to improve relations with Afro-descendant communities, company staff were provided with opportunities to learn about ancient practices, legislation that protects such communities as ethnic groups, their cultural characteristics, and their vision of social and economic ethnic development
Other awards received
The Promigas Foundation has projects and strategies that contribute to the development of quality education, which creates opportunities for significant changes. We assist schools in their task of doing what they should do but better, with a view to improving student learning.
The programs implemented had a direct impact on the skills of around 2,300 teachers and managers and 8,000 students, and an indirect impact on more than 5,500 teachers and managers and 160,000 students.
The following were the most notable achievements:
The project to strengthen ethnic education in official institutions in María La Baja (Bolívar) between 2017 and 2019 succeeded in carrying out the basic primary school training and assistance process for institution and teacher teams at the two participating institutions, namely to update their institution improvement plans and study plans on the basis not only of Ministry of Education quality benchmarks but also the ethno-educational nature of the institutions and the existing Afro-Colombian heritage in those communities.
As part of the Prisma II: Assist to Transform Mathematics program for first and second primary school levels, in conjunction with Universidad del Norte, a guidance chart was designed for working on reading comprehension as a transverse strategy for the teaching and learning of mathematics in the classroom by basic primary teachers, and to strengthen student problem-solving capabilities.
The Soledad Education Secretariat was assisted in drawing up the strategy for social appropriation of the Municipal Ten-Year Education Plan.
Drawing up the Ten-Year Education Plan in Polonuevo (Atlántico) has resulted in the Education Secretariat being able to lead the process of drawing up other Ten-Year Education Plans.
The Gases de Occidente Foundation and the Palmira Education Secretariat joined forces to introduce the Reading Schools project, which seeks to assist with improving the teaching and learning of reading comprehension in official education establishments. The project began in 2019 in ten education institutions and impacted 30 teachers, 38 managers, and 332 basic primary school pupils. The Palmira Education Secretariat therefore made Gases de Occidente Foundation an award for its contribution to quality education in the municipality.
Support was also given to the Jerry Mina Foundation’s education program, in which psychologists and teachers attempt to stimulate interest in various fields of learning in children and young people with a view to preventing or reducing the numbers who abandon school, which are high in these areas. The program converts football pitches into schools and trainers into teachers who use football as a universal language for educating children.
In Peru, Quavii signed an agreement with the provincial municipality of Chiclayo to offer 30 youngsters from the town the opportunity to be trained as Category IG1 natural gas installers by Tecsup, a prestigious training institution. By strengthening their skills, Quavii aims to ensure that they have better opportunities of getting employment, contributing to economic development, and improving their quality of life.
Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities
La Guajira: Wayúu indigenous community;
Magdalena: indigenous peoples on the Sierra Nevada, and the Gran Vía and Kennedy community councils in the Banana Zone;
Bolívar: Amanzaguapo (Santa Catalina), Santa Rosa, Rocha (Arjona), Correa, Níspero and Flamenco (María La Baja) Afro-descendant community councils, and Zenú indigenous groups in Gambote and Membrillal (Cartagena). Also the following Afro-descendant communities: Ararca, Barú, Bocachica, Caño de Loro, Pasacaballos and Santa Ana, in Cartagena, and Bocachica and Tierrabomba, on the island of Tierrabomba.
Sucre y Córdoba: Zenú indigenous reserves and council.
With respect to prior consultation processes in previous years in connection with the San Mateo-Mamonal Loop, Jobo-Majaguas, Mamonal-Paiva and Paiva-Caracolí projects, we have continued to adhere to agreements made with ethnic communities.
Many of these consultation processes cannot be closed until construction activities have been completed, but follow-up has been carried out in all cases on adherence to agreements with communities, with assistance from the Ministry of the Interior and other guarantors of rights in the municipalities.
Our best practices for guaranteeing adequate community participation include the following:
Operation Workshops. Visits to the SPEC regasification terminal were arranged in 2019 for communities, who were shown round the facilities and had the main activities involved in the operation explained to them.
Community Participation Committees. The aim of community participation committees is to present social and environmental information and receive feedback from the community.
Distribution of Information. In conjunction with communities, wall newspapers were put up in community centers and information bulletins and electronic bulletins were provided, containing relevant information about our social and environmental management.
Follow-up on Prior Consultation Agreements. We hold follow-up meetings that are arranged by the Ministry of the Interior’s National Prior Consultation Division, where we provide information about the extent of compliance with formalized agreements.
Exchanges of Experiences. We hold sessions with community leaders to swap experiences, where community council representatives and representatives of communal action boards share their views on how relations with Promigas companies have contributed to their vision and their development plan.
Community information programs