Chihuahua rules again in schools

In aims of preserving Mexican indigenous traditions and culture, children will start taking classes with books written in their own language. 

Indigenous people born in Chihuahua, Ódame, Pima and Guarojío will start receiving classes at school with their own books, this as a measure to preserve their language, culture and traditions.

The educative services department from Chichuahua, informed the first step in order to get there, will be the first Ódami, Oichkama and Warijó Language Construction Program Workshop for the next scholar cycle 2016-2017. Therefore allowing the members of these communities to use their native language.

With all the previous already said, It is quite important to reckon the deeper base of this measure, making it easy for everybody to learn and to take advantage of the education they receive.

Currently, zone chiefs, supervisors, teachers and native speakers from these languages, are working to build all the contents of the programs in order to be used by teachers and students without any handicap.

Moreover, the program is not only looking for books written in their own language, but also a material that fits the social and cultural context of this population.

The Indigenous Education Department, the Indigenous Education General Direction, Enrique Barquera Pedraza and all his team are going to be involved in the process and progress of the proyect.

The program will also receive support from teachers that are currently working at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional del Estado de Chihuahua (UPNECH) Chihuahua campus, by the accompaniment and the revision of every single educative program.

Along with the aspects already mentioned, there will be a campaign for the revision of the tools they own for the learning process, making it clear the main subject for all of this, is the development of contents and the recovery of social practices of language.

Since 2011, The Indigenous Educations General Direction has been working in several regions from Mexico with actions and programs for the preservation of native indigenous languages, and 2016 is Chichuahua’s turn.

The project is also aware of aspects such as respect, cultural rights and participations for these ancestral communities. And if it works as it has in other regions, the future for children and young people in Chihuahua will have another face. One that only shows hope and commitment with our Latin American roots.

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