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Brazilian Tribe Opens Indigenous Education Center

[All links lead to Portuguese-language pages unless otherwise noted.]

An education center created by the Paiter-Surui [en] tribe in the Brazilian Amazon that will offer professional courses to the area's indigenous has finally opened.

The Paiter-Surui Cultural Training Center was launched in June 2013 and will offer technical and professional courses to the Paiter-Surui and other indigenous groups of the Amazon with a special focus on environmental preservation. In anticipation of the opening, the group published a video in March 2013 announcing it:

Local indigenous peoples will have the opportunity to take courses in law, job creation and revenue and mapping, which will last two years. Classes will be daily, consisting of both theoretical and practical applied components. Although enrollment will not be unlimited, the Surui expect each course to enroll around 30 students.

The Paiter-Surui Formation Center is awaiting for formal approval from the Brazilian Minister of Education to start running its classes.

The Paiter-Surui tribe have faced a number of struggles since first contact with outsiders in 1969. Road construction invaded their land and disease devastated the population, reducing their population from 5,000 to around 290 individuals as the tribe chief affirmed in a video interview. More recently, the community has responded to threats of mining and illegal logging on their territory.

They hope a cluster of buildings will grow to serve as the site of the future Paiter-Surui Indigenous University of Brazil, the first of its kind in the country. According to Chief Narayamoga Almir, the leader of the Surui people:

Inicialmente os cursos serão destinados apenas para os indígenas, porém já estamos construindo uma Política Pedagógica do Centro, para que esses cursos sejam estendidos para toda a sociedade.

Initially, courses will be only open to indigenous individuals, but we are also building an Educational Policy Center so that these courses can be extended to all of society as a whole.

Leaders of the Surui people and representatives from partner organizations as the Amazon Preservation Team (Equipe de Conservação da Amazônia or ECAM, in Portuguese) and the Association of Ethno-Environmental Protection Kanindé traveled to the Indigenous University of Venezuela [en] in May 2013 to learn how the model could be replicated in their own country. The Indigenous University of Venezuela, a public university created in 2010, is situated on 5,000 acres of rainforest in southern Venezuela and serves students [en] from many different ethnic groups.

A building of the Paiter-Surui Formation Center in Cacoal, future site of planned indigenous university. (Photo by Rachael Petersen)

A building of the Paiter-Surui Formation Center in Cacoal, future site of planned indigenous university. Photo by Rachael Petersen.

The Association of Ethno-Environmental Protection Kanindé wrote:

Já temos muitos indígenas fazendo curso superior nas faculdades e universidades espalhadas pelo Estado, mas com uma universidade indígena vamos fortalecer a relação dos índios com a terra e a natureza, já que o conteúdo vai valorizar a cultura dos indígenas.

We have many indigenous people doing courses in colleges and universities through the state [of Rondônia], but with an indigenous university we will strengthen the relationship of indigenous peoples with land and nature, because the content will bolster their culture.

The Indigenous University could be one more success in a long line of innovative approaches to development. Led by Chief Almir Surui, the Paiter-Surui people have gained international attention [en] for their visionary 50-year management plan for the sustainable development of their people and natural resources. The plan includes a scheme to sell carbon credits [PDF] from avoided deforestation, money which would be re-invested in the community. In June 2013, they became the first indigenous group to gain certification [en] for their carbon project under two emerging carbon market standards.

The video below explains how they partnered with Google Earth [en] and other organizations to use digital technology to map deforestation on their territory. You can also download a cultural map of their lands here to view on Google Earth.

They hope this new university will help indigenous peoples reconnect with traditional values and their lands. To get connected with the Surui, like the Associação Metareilá Facebook page or check out their blog.

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  • […] Awalnya, program akan hanya terbuka untuk orang-orang pribumi, tetapi kami juga membangun sebuah pusat kebijakan pendidikan sehingga program ini dapat diperluas ke semua masyarakat secara keseluruhan. Pemimpin orang-orang Surui dan wakil-wakil dari organisasi mitra sebagai tim pelestarian Amazon (Equipe de Conservacao da Amazonia atau ECAM, dalam bahasa Portugis) dan Asosiasi perlindungan etno-lingkungan Kaninde melakukan perjalanan ke Universitas adat Venezuela [en] pada Mei 2013 untuk belajar bagaimana model yang dapat direplikasi di negara mereka sendiri. Universitas adat Venezuela, sebuah universitas umum yang dibuat pada tahun 2010, terletak di 5.000 hektar hutan hujan di Selatan Venezuela dan melayani siswa [en] dari banyak kelompok-kelompok etnis yang berbeda. Bangunan pusat pembentukan Paiter-Surui di Cacoal, situs masa depan Universitas adat yang direncanakan. Foto oleh Rachael Petersen. TheAssociation dari etno-lingkungan perlindungan Kaninde menulis: Ja temos muitos indigenas fazendo curso superior nas faculdades e universidades espalhadas pelo Estado, mas com uma universidade indigena vamos fortalecer relacao dos indios com terra e natureza, ja que o conteudo vai valorizar cultura dos indigenas. Kami memiliki banyak adat orang yang melakukan kursus di perguruan tinggi dan Universitas melalui negara [Bagian Rondonia], tetapi dengan sebuah Universitas adat kami willstrengthentherelationshipof adat dengan tanah dan alam, karena konten akan meningkatkan budaya mereka.Untuk versi asli termasuk tambahan gambar atau video, kunjungi http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/06/30/brazilian-tribe-opens-indigenous-education-center/ […]

  • […] Meskipun pendaftaran tidak akan terbatas, Surui berharap setiap kursus untuk mendaftar sekitar 30 siswa. Pusat pembentukan Paiter-Surui adalah menunggu persetujuan resmi dari Brasil Menteri Pendidikan untuk mulai menjalankan kelas. Suku Paiter-Surui menghadapi sejumlah perjuangan sejak kontak pertama dengan pihak luar pada tahun 1969. Konstruksi jalan menyerang tanah mereka dan penyakit hancur populasi, mengurangi populasi mereka dari 5.000 sekitar 290 individu seperti ditegaskan kepala suku dalam wawancara video. Baru-baru ini, masyarakat telah menanggapi ancaman pertambangan dan pembalakan liar di wilayah mereka. Mereka berharap sekelompok bangunan akan tumbuh untuk melayani sebagai tempat masa depan Paiter-SuruiIndigenousUniversity dari Brasil, yang pertama dari jenisnya di negeri ini. Menurut kepala Narayamoga Almir, pemimpin orang-orang Surui: Inicialmente os cursos serao destinados apenas para os indigenas, uma porem ja estamos construindo Politica Pedagogica melakukan Centro, parQue esses cursos sejam estendidos para toda sociedade. Awalnya, program akan hanya terbuka untuk orang-orang pribumi, tetapi kami juga membangun sebuah pusat kebijakan pendidikan sehingga program ini dapat diperluas ke semua masyarakat secara keseluruhan. Pemimpin orang-orang Surui dan wakil-wakil dari organisasi mitra sebagai tim pelestarian Amazon (Equipe de Conservacao da Amazonia atau ECAM, dalam bahasa Portugis) dan Asosiasi perlindungan etno-lingkungan Kaninde melakukan perjalanan ke Universitas adat Venezuela [en] pada Mei 2013 untuk belajar bagaimana model yang dapat direplikasi di negara mereka sendiri.Untuk versi asli termasuk tambahan gambar atau video, kunjungi http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/06/30/brazilian-tribe-opens-indigenous-education-center/ […]

  • […] A new education centre in Brazil opens for professional training for indigenous groups Associação Metareilá do Povo Indigena Paiter Suruí – the indigenous university has partnered with google earth to map deforestation in their region. Read more on Global Voices. […]

  • William O'Connell

    Willie Nelson should have a benefit concert there. Who’s cooler than Willie.

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