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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.

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Training Intercultural Teaching

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…


In November 2012, the third meeting of intercontinental indigenous teachers from North-, Central- and South-America was held. Teachers from countries including Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru and Chile gathered in Tikal, the ancient Maya city in Guatemala. Ellen-Rose Kambel represented the Rutu Foundation during this special meeting and was joined by Jean Nilton Campo from Colombia to represent the South American continent. An impression of the meeting can be found here: OSSTF report on III REI

The Inter Continental Network of Indigenous Teachers is part of Red Sepa , which publishes the online journal Intercambio. In March 2013, a special issue on indigenous education was published, which includes a contribution on the bilingual math project in Suriname of the Rutu Foundation. Currently only available in Spanish: INTERCAMBIO-4 – Content