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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.

Kernels of Wisdom

May 6, 2020

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May 6, 2020

In judging my relationship to the environment around me, I have often found myself in a state of awe and wonder about the myriad of processes that must have occurred to make the natural world the way that it is. I can look at a section of trees in a forest, pondering how long they must have stood, silent witnesses to the world moving and developing around them. I can gaze at a meandering river, tracing the route through solid rock that it took perhaps millions of years to cut through. I can spot an elephant in the savannah, suddenly sensitive to the hundreds of g...

April 10, 2018

"Gringo" is a Term of Endearment

When I first got to Ecuador, I couldn’t believe how much I saw things I recognized, from characters on television shows to imported candy bars to brand name clothes with English writing on them. On the bus, in the mall and even on the iPod’s of my Ecuadorian friends, I constantly hear songs in English that at one point were also popular in the US, (not always the currently popular ones). I see signs that are in both Spanish and English to cater to the tourists that come here, and I see food chains I thought were distinctly North Am...

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...

August 28, 2015

This blog entry is meant to be interactive. It is designed to be read in about 5 minutes, with four short 1 to 2 minute breaks for reflection-expression. I find it best to do this with a pencil/pen and paper, so if you still use those things, then get them out. Here we go…

 

Wherever you are in life, I want you to look back on your experiences in formal education thus far. Think of school/college/institute, where you learned from teachers, books and fellow classmates. What are the dominant images? Focus in on these images and see them in movement, so that it is...

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