AUGUST 2014 WINNER

Education For Indigenous Children in Bolvia

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Save the Children Canada’s Indigenous Education program in Bolivia has prioritized access and quality to Intra, Inter & Pluri-lingual Education (IIPE) for marginalized groups such as indigenous girls, boys and youth. Quality education is understood as preparing individuals for life through the implementation of child friendly methodologies and contents that value local cultures and build bridges between traditional wisdom and the mainstream knowledge necessary to achieve a dignified life. In terms of activities this includes peer-to-peer leadership training for girls and boys and the development of intra-cultural and pluri-lingual methodologies, as well as, mainstreaming authentic inter-cultural practices to embrace cultural diversity, and components that promote gender equal roles and relationships. This program also aims to build the capacity of Indigenous partners to enable them to strengthen the quality and relevancy of education within their communities.

Save the Children supports the introduction of IIPE educational methodologies and materials and to train teachers on the specifics of the law and its implementation with the view to improving the quality of education for Indigenous children. Last year we focused on:

• Equipping 36 schools with relevant classroom materials (child friendly teaching, school supplies)

• Training of 269 teachers in child friendly teaching practices and 1,051 teachers in IIPE methodologies

• Supporting the establishment and operation of 67 student governments

• 24 schools received IIPE teaching and learning material

• Supporting 29 advocacy activities aimed at sensitizing communities and municipal educational entities as to the value of IIPE, resulting in 51 schools, 26 communities and 72 educational entities being sensitized

• Incorporating gender equality in educational activities in 14 schools, with the participation of 624 children  

• Training 118 teachers and 1,502 children in environmental care issues

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