Our partners


Foundation for Intercultural Bilingual Education in Suriname (ITOS)

ITOS, founded in 2012, is our sister organization in Suriname and coordinates projects with other local partners. The board consists of: Sheila Kort – Chair, Ineke Bendter-Adams – treasurer/secretary. The co-ordinator is Maggie Schmeitz.

Association of Indigenous Village Leaders in Suriname (VIDS)

The VIDS brings together all 50 indigenous chiefs of Suriname. The board is appointed every four or five years during the VIDS Conference where representatives of village councils, women’s groups and youth organizations determine the policy for the coming period. The Secretariat (Stichting Bureau VIDS) is the working arm of the Association and carries out the policy. The VIDS focuses on strengthening the capacity of the village authorities and defends the status and interests of the indigenous people in Suriname. Lesley Artist is the chairman of the VIDS. Loreen Jubitana is the Director of Bureau VIDS. Email: infovids@vids.sr

Association Saamaka Authorities (ASA)

The VSG was founded in 2000 and represents the 12 Saamaka (Saramaka) sub clans (lös). The association has an Executive Secretariat in Paramaribo, the Stichting Bureau VSG. VSG focuses primarily on recognition of the land rights of the Saamaka people. Education, including adult literacy and bilingual intercultural education, is another important focus point for VSG. The chairman of VSG is head chief Stiefen Petrusi. The Bureau VSG is headed by Renatha Simson.. Email: bureauvsg@hotmail.com

Roman Catholic Education (RKBO)

The RKBO takes care of the Catholic primary and secondary education in Suriname and the training of its teachers.


The Autonomous University of Queretaro

Pedro Cardona who works as an ICT and multimedia lecturer at the University of Querétaro, is the designer of the e-tool that teachers can use to adapt our bilingual math book to their own languages and cultures.

In 2013, a pilot project on bilingual mathematics education will be conducted in the states of Querétaro and Oaxaca. Several primary schools, but also public libraries and community centers participate in the pilot.



Apitikatxi is the association of the Tiriyó, Kaxuyana and Txikuyana indigenous peoples. They inhabit the Tumucumaque Park which is located on the boundary of the states of Pará and Amapá in the extreme north of Brazil. The association was founded in 2004 with the aim to improve the position and rights of indigenous peoples in the areas of education, health, culture and territory. President of Apitikatxi is Demetrio Amisipa Tiriyó.