A new study by tKawemhakan boathe World Resources Institute shows that deforestation can be up to 20 times lower in community forests that have strong legal protection, than in areas that do not enjoy such protection.

This is a compelling argument to strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples to own and manage their territories.

It also points to the urgent need to support indigenous peoples with the transfer of their unique ecological knowledge to their children.

The Rutu Foundation works with indigenous communities to integrate their languages and knowledge into the education system by training teachers and developing multilingual learning materials.

February 21 is International Mother Tongue Day, proclaimed by UNESCO to bring to attention the appr. 6000 languages spoken worldwide. In the interior of Surinam International Mother Tongue Day was celebrated for the first time in 2009.

On this occasion a small booklet was published, with unique stories both in Kari’na and Dutch. Schoolkids from the indigenous village Galibi illustrated the booklet beautifully. The booklet may be ordered by e-mail at the VIDS office in Paramaribo.

From 1-2 November 2013, the Rutu Foundation with¬†partners VIDS, VSG and RKBO* organized another training in Intercultural Teaching. This time the training was for education inspectors, teaching consultants and other trainers of teachers.¬† Around 15 people participated in the training and gained deeper insight into the realities, possibilities and challenges of intercultural…