Panama: National Program for the Prevention of Violence & Youth Delinquency

Presented by: Dayra I. Dawson Villalobos, Directora Ejecutiva, Programa Nacional para la Prevencion de la Violencia y la Delinccencia Juvenil
Presented at: Sustainable Regional Education Efforts for Safer More Inclusive Communities Working Group, Heredia, Costa Rica
Date of Session: November 9 – 10, 2010

Session Description: Panama is one of the countries working within the Organization of American States (OAS) framework for “Armanda Paz” or “Building Peace”. The regional project has been incorporated into the President’s new policy on security as one of their major prevention efforts. The program aims to provide youth with an opportunity to gather together and express their voices against violence, have opportunities to engage in learning new skills in sports, arts and education, and feel as though they have a stake in identifying what is needed to prevent violence.