Francisco Altschul, Ambassador to the U.S. from El Salvador
Francisco Altschul, ambassador to the U.S. from El Salvador, will speak in Sedona on Friday October 8 and Saturday October 9. Altschul was a member of the FMLN (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front political party) and the government in exile in Mexico City during El Salvador’s 20-year civil war. Now that the FMLN is in power, Ambassador Alschul represents the progressive government of El Salvador. His visit to Sedona is an unprecedented opportunity for dialogue.
Altschul will speak on Friday, October 8 at 6:30pm at Brady Hall at Verde Valley School, 3511 Verde Valley School Road in the Village of Oak Creek. He will focus on environmental and sustainability issues. The award-winning documentary short “Teaching to Live” which spotlights the innovative curriculum of Hector Morales of the El Zapote school in El Salvador will be shown.
Morales implemented a gardening project and has also taught the children to raise tilapia and shrimp. The surplus is sold and the school is completely self-sustaining. This year, 12 students and 2 teachers from the Verde Valley School will travel to El Zapote for a hands-on field trip. There are now plans to start 28 more schools based on the El Zapote model in El Salvador.
The second talk will be Saturday, October 9 at 6pm, at the Sedona Public Library at 3250 White Bear Road in West Sedona. The Saturday talk is sponsored by the Cultural Diversity Council of the Verde Valley and is entitled “Building Communication and Cooperation Across the Americas.”
The talk will focus on the ambassador’s strategies for the national government to address the needs of the Salvadoran people by raising the standard of living at home to lessen the need to migrate in order to support their families. There is no charge for the event. For information call 928-592-9288.