Recently, from the Intercultural Program of UADER, together with the I'Tu Community of the Charrúa Nation People and other educational institutions, the Days for Good Living and Nonviolence were promoted, developed in Concordia within the framework of an international movement: the First Multiethnic and Pluricultural Latin American March for Nonviolence. Students and teachers shared coexistence and learning encounters based on education for peace.
Next to the I`Tu Community of the Charrúa Nation People, the Interculturality and Native Peoples Program of the Autonomous University of Entre Ríos (UADER) promoted in Concordia the Days for Good Living and Nonviolence.
The activity was planned within the framework of the First Multiethnic and Pluricultural Latin American March for Nonviolence, an international initiative following the objectives of denouncing violence, promoting non-discrimination, vindicating indigenous peoples, raising awareness about the ecological crisis and promoting the decolonization of Latin America, among others.
From October 1 to 7, in the sacred and communal space Onkaiujmar Charrúa Cjuimen I'Tum, this proposal of coexistence and learning based on education for peace was carried out, paying special attention to the valuation of the cosmovision of native peoples .
«The pandemic has challenged us, jeopardized our way of life and our practices and values, generating isolation, confinement, disagreements and the breakdown of emotional social ties. This is where it is necessary to think of ourselves as a school and create possible scenarios aimed at building livable alternatives for all the beings that inhabit planet Earth, or the Onkaiujmar, the Mapu, the Pacha, as our native peoples call it ", said Sergio Paiz, a reference of the charrúa community and professor of History at the Normal School of Concordia, one of the educational institutions that joined the call.
For her part, the coordinator of the UADER Program, Bernardita Zalisñak, indicated that this type of action is in tune "with what the University Institutional Development Plan provides, by virtue of strengthening participation in inter-institutional networks and organizations that result strategies for community development ”.
In this sense, the teacher from the Concordian headquarters reviewed the work that has been carried out together with the I'Tu Community since the program was created in 2019; and the articulation "with the Primary and Special Education Teachers, with whom we held a discussion last year." He also highlighted various actions with chairs from the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, such as a project to extend the chair on "Rights of Indigenous Peoples" and a conference that brought together volunteer students and members of native communities due to the COVID emergency -19.
"We understood that this international march had a special value, thinking of overcoming the different forms of violence and building a union for a solidary society, in search of common history and convergences," said Zalisñak.
In this spirit, the conferences brought together teachers and students where «in a ceremonial circle, transversal educational content was shared, contributing elementary aspects of the Uruguayan worldview, promoting care for Mother Earth, recognizing, assuming and valuing that our roots are intertwined with the history of this continent, which is more than forty thousand years old and has a very rich cultural and experiential contribution ", added the coordinator and concluded:" We wanted to awaken in the students a sense of belonging to this historical torrent, for a long time silenced. "
Original article on the website of the Autonomous University of Entre Ríos: http://uader.edu.ar/un-espacio-para-valorar-la-cosmovision-de-los-pueblos-originarios/