Student Centre near the Wajãpi Indigenous Land in Brazil
School education in and around the Wajãpi Indigenous Land in Brazil is offered in a modular fashion, where the students’ presence in classrooms is limited to four-weeks modules in each academic year. Students’ contact with the school itself is therefore restricted to the periods in which the teaching modules take place. Throughout the rest of the year, they are completely alone in their learning process. The positive aspect of modular teaching is that it interferes less in the traditional calendar that governs planting, harvesting, hunting and fishing activities. However, students remain long periods without being able to count on anyone to help them in their studies. Young Wajãpi students, as well as the students from the adjacent rural communities are left alone trying to cope with great difficulties in learning and in completing their various schoolwork. This problem is even more evident in the phases of final essays and dissertations, with the great distances existing between the student’s usual residence and that of the supervising teacher.
Through the construction of a student support centre we hope to be able to reduce this distance, accompanying those students with revision, homework, notions of computer use and help with completion of assignments. The Support Centre will also serve as a space for exchanging good practices between indigenous and non-indigenous students in the field of sustainable family farming. The motivation for this project is purely philanthropic, without any political or religious ties. The centre will be open to all students of the surrounding communities, regardless of their ethnic origin or belief.
In order to carry out this project, one of the founding members of the NGO Feigenhain, with long teaching experience in Wajãpi schools both in French Guiana and in Brazil, has identified a plot of three hectares of land in Tucano (1.098N, 52.403W) in the state of Amapá in Brazil, which is a rural settlement community adjacent to the Wajãpi Indigenous Land. The strategic choice of this location will allow the support centre to be easily reached by students not only from the Wajãpi Indigenous Land but also from all its surrounding communities. The bus that makes the Macapá-Tucano line makes it easy for volunteer teachers to reach the Support Centre.
The structure to be built will be very simple: the centre will have a classroom, a small library, a computer with access to satellite internet, a kitchen, bathroom and a small accommodation for students, visitors and volunteer teachers. It will also be necessary to dig a small well.
The estimated cost for the construction of the Support Centre and purchase of the equipment is 12 thousand euros. We are transparent concerning our bookkeeping and regular reports will be made available for consultation online.
Contributors to this project who have some knowledge to offer to students in the region can stay at the Support Centre, give some of their time to students and then take the opportunity to get to know the region.
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