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Welcome to the Pachaysana Blog. We open this space to further the dialogue on many themes related to our work in community development and international education. We will post 1 or 2 times a month and would love to hear your thoughts, so please reply and offer comments or questions.

 

We also seek out guest bloggers. Please let us know if you would like to write about any of our themes: community development, international education, arts and social justice, alternative forms of education, fair trade learning, decolonial education, cultural identity, among others.

The views expressed in our blog are those of Pachaysana and our writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or identities of our partner communities and organizations.

The Company: An Aggregate of Identities

December 12, 2019

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October 3, 2018

“Hip Hop has been my salvation. If would have never met Hip Hop I don’t know where I would be. I love Hip Hop.”

 (Laksmi B-Girl)

From its birth in the 70’s in the Bronx of New York, Hip Hop has crossed borders and surpassed generations to reach many hearts of youth around the world. The youth of Quito are no exception.

Quito has a vibrant Hip Hop community which continues to grow and impact the culture of the city and the lives of many. This summer, Pachaysana in collaboration with the University of Northwestern, Cultural Center Nina Shunku, and Casa Machankara emba...

April 21, 2018

Kisses fly from body to body to body because cariñoso is a community standard

Mande, a people whose identity was once ripped from their bodies by subservience to incas, to los hombres blancos.

But beneath this white paint, pokes out hints of a rainbow too brillante to be completely obscured by europe’s ominous shadow

Frases como achachay y wawa pepper their speech with their raices, they can not escape the powerful draw of the sunshine on the mountain.

My host mother tells me of the beauty of su sobrina “que bella, ella es como una gringa!” she exclaims from a beauti...

August 1, 2017

Since I can remember I was a dreamer, una soñadora. Like many of my classmates, I got constantly called out for staring at the window day dreaming instead of pouring all my attention to the teacher’s lecture. I liked to imagine what the world would look like once I was a “grown up”, or how would it feel like to fly, or be another person in a different reality. That is why the one day a week I had Theater class was such a gift. In this class I could play and move beyond imagining to embodying my thoughts. If I wished, I could be less of a “girl” and explore being...

October 5, 2015

As Daniel expressed so well in his first blog entry, it is time to rethink the big questions of education so that they include stories of global interconnectedness. We must find a way to ensure that education values every person, and maybe every living being, as equal key players in a transformative, creative dialogue.

 

I would like to suggest here that an essential element to imagining these new types of learning environments can be found through Decolonial Education. The conjuncture of these two ideas (Decolonial + Education) is fundamentally necessary as educat...

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