CfP: Special Issue “Education and Socio-environmental Justice in the Pluriverse”

Editors: Paola Minoia, University of Helsinki/Università di Torino & José Castro-Sotomayor, California State University Channel Islands

Expressions of interest in contributing a paper to this special issue for the journal Globalizations are invited in the form of a working title and 600-word abstract of your proposed paper by 10 September 2020, to be submitted by e-mail to paola.minoia@helsinki.fi and jcs@csuci.edu.

Abstracts should include paper title, authorship, author affiliation(s) and contact information (including the email addresses of all authors) and keywords (maximum six). Full papers will be invited following a review of submitted abstracts. Authors will be notified of the outcome no later than 30 September 2020. 

The deadline for the submission of full papers will be 30 January 2021. All submissions will be subject to the journal’s normal high standards of peer review. All accepted papers will be published online without delay, with print publication of the special issue to follow.

A lack of involvement of indigenous and other alternative forms of knowledges persists in most national education plans, confining the notion of quality of education within the western ideology of modernization. The comprehensive development project manifested in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposes through the SDG4 an overall engagement on “quality education for all.” The SGD4 endeavors to support social justice by promoting equal access to education for the most deprived groups; however, it does not acknowledge ontological and epistemic diversity around the world and the need to support alternative ways to learn and produce knowledge. Neither does SDG4 contain any reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) adopted in 2007, although the role of education to achieve social and environmental justice is not new. At the institutional and international level, the debate around education has become central in the post-2015 development agenda (McCowan, 2016), drawing attention to education institutions such as intercultural universities. Therefore, the implementation of the UNDRIP in consonant with SGD4 goals particularly regarding education needs more scrutiny. Continue reading “CfP: Special Issue “Education and Socio-environmental Justice in the Pluriverse””

La emergencia sanitaria COVID-19 no justifica que la educación pública pague la crisis económica

(publicado en Inglés en el blog de ESDLA: Edición especial-Covid19)

Redacción: Paola Minoia

#NoalRecorte campaña en Ecuador.

Covid-19 se está expandiendo en Ecuador, pero aún más rápido ha sido la reacción del gobierno para restringir ciertos derechos. Nadie se atreve a impugnar el bloqueo, uno de los más estrictos del mundo, que prohíbe la movilidad de las personas desde las 2 de la tarde hasta las 5 de la mañana. Sin embargo, algunas restricciones que involucran derechos fundamentales para el pueblo ecuatoriano, es decir, educación para todos, están causando descontento. El enfoque en esta publicación de blog es el derecho a la educación superior, especialmente para los grupos de personas de bajos ingresos que asisten a universidades públicas. Mi conocimiento de la Universidad Estatal Amazónica (UEA), desde mi primera visita en 2015, me permite afirmar que el personal administrativo y académico de esta Universidad, ubicada en la provincia de Pastaza, verdaderamente se compromete a servir a sus estudiantes lo mejor que puedan. Continue reading “La emergencia sanitaria COVID-19 no justifica que la educación pública pague la crisis económica”

The Covid-19 health emergency cannot be a justification for making public education pay for the economic crisis

(reposted from ESDLA blog: Special Issue-Covid19)

By Paola Minoia

#NoalRecorte campaign in Ecuador banner. Source: Internet.

Covid-19 is expanding in Ecuador, but even more rapid has been the reaction by the government to restrict certain rights. No one dares to contest the lockdown, one of the strictest worldwide, that forbids the mobility of people from 2 pm until 5 am. However, some restrictions that are involving fundamental rights for the Ecuadorian people, i.e.: education for all, are causing discontent. The focus in this blog post is the right to higher education, especially for the less affluent groups of people who attend public universities. My knowledge of the Universidad Estatal Amazonica (UEA) – since my first visit in 2015, allows me to tell how much the administrative and academic staff of this University, located in the Pastaza province, is committed to serve their students to the best of their possibilities. Continue reading “The Covid-19 health emergency cannot be a justification for making public education pay for the economic crisis”

Covid-19: its consequences in the Ecuadorian Amazonian Region and the right to education

Conversation with Dra. Ruth Arias, Rector of the Universidad Estatal Amazonica.

Paola: How is the situation, Ruth?

Ruth: We have been in quarantine since March 17, when the public emergency was declared. I could sense panic in the population from people’s behaviour, as socioeconomic differences are deepened and plenty of defiances is evident; there also are signs of solidarity and reflection. I think Boaventura de Sousa Santos’s writing, “The vulnerable and discriminated against in the South”, and Silvia Ribeiro from the ETC group, have very good analyzes of the situation many are experiencing.
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Covid-19: consecuencias en Pastaza, Ecuador, y derecho a la educación superior

Conversación con la Dra. Ruth Arias, Rectora de la Universidad Estatal Amazonica.

Paola: Como es la situación, Ruth?

Ruth: Estamos en cuarentena desde el 17 de marzo en que se declaró la calamidad pública. En el comportamiento de la gente presiento pánico en la población, se ahondan las diferencias socioeconómicas y se evidencia mucha indisciplina; también hay muestras de solidaridad y reflexión. Pienso que los escritos de Boaventura de Sousa Santos “Los vulnerables y discriminados del Sur” y de Silvia Ribeiro, de ETC tengan muy buenos análisis por la situación que muchos están viviendo. Continue reading “Covid-19: consecuencias en Pastaza, Ecuador, y derecho a la educación superior”