Research title
Goal 4+: Eco-cultural Pluralism in Quality Education in Ecuadorian Amazonia

Research timeline
1.3.2018 - 1.2.2000

Keywords
Amazonia, buen vivir, eco-cultural pluralism, Ecuador, higher education, Inclusive Education, indigenous knowledge, indigenous pedagogy Field of, indigenous women, intercultural education, justice, political ecology, sumak kawsay, upper secondary schools

Region
Latin America

Institution
University of Helsinki
Development Studies
Helsinki, Finland

Type of project
Research, Development and Innovation

Funding instrument
Academy of Finland

Head of research
Paola Minoia

Research team
Johanna Hohenthal

Partners
Universidad Estatal Amazonica, Ecuador

Contact information
Paola Minoia
https://blogs.helsinki.fi/ecocultures-ecuador/

More information
Open link

Record last updated
11.6.2018

Research summary

Access to schooling and higher education are considered as primary means to empower marginalized groups and enhance sustainable development in the Global South. In Ecuador the intercultural bilingual education programme that affirmed the fundamental importance of integrating diverse local languages knowledges and pedagogical practices in education was established already in and later amended based on the community-centric ecologically-balanced and culturally-sensitive philosophy of sumakkawsay (buenvivir). However the programme is still only partially applied and thus education typically follows homogenized standards and fails to include specific cultural realities.