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Series ‘Ashaninka, Semeadores De Floresta’: How the Children Learn at School Inside the Village (Portuguese)

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The Ashaninka combine traditional customs with the ideals of sustainability, such as the...

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Thirty-one years ago, a school was established on the Peruvian side of the Ashaninka Indigenous Land between Brazil and Peru. However, due to constant invasions by forest loggers, the community moved to a different land which they now call home. Along with the village came the school which imparts education to village's children.


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The school's education system is a blend of science and tradition with equal emphasis on teaching outside the classroom as indoors. The children travel to school on a boat and wear traditional attires as uniforms. Until the 3rd grade, the children only speak Ashaninka and are taught subjects like music, mathematics, and planting.

The Ashaninka community dreams to build a university at the village so that the children can learn more about the world.

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