Posted on October 28, 2013
The longer children are taught in their mother tongue, the better they perform in school. In addition, they learn more about their own culture, and appreciate it more. This was the outcome of a debate on intercultural multilingual education that took place on July 31, 2013. At the Venezuelan Cultural Institute in Paramaribo, village leaders, educators and other interested participants discussed ways to combine cultural preservation with better opportunities for indigenous children. Among those present was the Venezuelan ambassador to Suriname. The evening was organized by the Association of Indigenous Village Leaders in Suriname (VIDS), in anticipation of the National Day of Indigenous People on the 9th of August.
Posted on October 27, 2013
Teachers are an important role model for indigenous and maroon children. They teach children in their own language and in a culturally appropriate way. They also guide the development of children, nurturing a sense of pride in the children’s own language and culture. This is of great importance for the survival of…