¿Qué hace que la educación intercultural bilingüe sea tan importante en Ecuador y Pastaza y resulta celebrarla? En general, la educación intercultural bilingüe destaca la igualdad, equidad, paridad, complementariedad y el intercambio entre los distintos cuerpos de conocimiento en un contexto culturalmente diverso.
In the beginning of June, we started our visits to upper secondary classes of schools of Pastaza province together with the new members of the Ecuadorian research team. Besides the leading researchers Ruth Arias, Rosaura Gutiérrez and Mayra Espinosa, three engineers who have graduated from the UEA have joined the working team. They all come from the nationality of Kichwa and therefore also help in translation in Kichwa language and bring their cultural knowledge to the project.
We met the members of the collective of Retomando Raíces, a very active group of students from the different nationalities of indigenous, afro-ecuatorians and mestizos sharing experiences of inclusion and interculturalism. The group is growing, now counting around 50 members. What we heard at the meeting of 10 May, like every Thursday in their wooden choza [hut] located in the premises of the university, is that their wish is to become an officially recognized scientific association of the university. So far, during their three years of activity, they are considered a cultural-socializing group, and the official scientific recognition would gather more institutional support.
Paola and Johanna finally made it to Puyo! The first meeting of the research group was on Monday May 7, 2018, and participants were Rosaura Gutiérrez, Ruth Arias, Mayra Espinoza, Johanna Hohenthal and Paola Minoia.
In the end of February, we received delightful news from the Academy of Finland. The Academy had decided to fund our project Goal 4+: Including Eco-cultural Pluralism in Quality Education in Ecuadorian Amazonia. This project expands the Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ensure quality education for all, through an attempt to promote recognition of eco-cultural pluralism and inclusion of indigenous pedagogies as part of quality education in Ecuadorian Amazonia. Continue reading “New research project has started!”