The Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI) began its work in 1994 based on records and memories from the civil war in El Salvador (1981-1992). Since its beginning, it has mentioned peacebuilding as a constant theme in its exhibitions, presenting the “cruelty of war” and encouraging the population to notice that the conflict is a situation that should not be repeated. But, after the cease-fire, what else should Salvadorean society aspire to?
In 2013, MUPI began to promote projects about historical memory and the promotion of a culture of peace. It developed participatory methodologies inspired by popular education to explain the concept of historical memory, reflecting on its potential to promote an analysis of the past and encourage positive changes in the present. It also approached its connection with the recognition of human rights and the defense of plural, democratic and equitable societies.
Introductory guide: MUPI has developed a toolkit that allows teachers from the traditional education system, social educators, technicians from the public service, ex-combatants and veterans of war in El Salvador to approach the topic. The objective is to provide people with tools for the organization of workshops, discussions and classes to multiply knowledge on these topics in their professional work and in the work they carry out in their associations or community groups.
Activities to learn about the theory: the toolkit aims to address historical topics in an attractive way. Its content allows us to think about the current national reality and the past, stimulating new generations to see themselves reflected in these memories, to learn and reflect on them.
Activities analysis: these activities address historical facts, analyze the causes that led to violent disputes and stimulate reflection on social transformations.
Interactive activities: suggestions for practice and “feeling”. All the dynamics seek to promote that the participants feel good with the group, and that they connect and commit to the process.