Lidia Rojas | Development and Peace

Lidia Rojas

Lidia Rojas - Instituto Bartolomé de Las Casas

Lidia Rojas

“In Peru, many social conflicts stem from a lack of dialogue between citizens and the state. This has often caused deaths, which in turn reinforces mistrust of the country’s representatives. Through dialogue, citizens formulate their demands and opinions on the use of the resources and services provided by the state. The Hugo Echegaray School teaches us to value and promote spaces for dialogue and listening.”


Lidia is currently a project coordinator at the Bartolomé de Las Casas Institute. She will be visiting northern Ontario and western Quebec from March 9 to 19 as one of our Solidarity Visitors.

The Bartolomé de Las Casas Institute’s (IBC) work

The IBC is renowned for its training of Christian activists and for placing poor people at the centre of all human liberation and development projects. Its Hugo Echegaray Leadership School seeks to increase the participation of leaders in social and religious spaces and to promote initiatives that contribute to the common good.

It offers a two-year course aimed at community leaders in order to strengthen their capacity to create dialogue, consensus, participation, and consultation. It focuses on popular education, intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, as well as the exchange of knowledge and the sharing of local experiences. Graduates can then practice thoughtful, ethical, and responsible civic leadership in their communities.

The Hugo Echegaray School

80 leaders

trained each year.

15,000 people

benefit indirectly from the school by learning from its graduates.