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ERIC Number: EJ961065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0738-0593
Towards a World in which Many Worlds Fit? Zapatista Autonomous Education as an Alternative Means of Development
Shenker, Sarah Dee
International Journal of Educational Development, v32 n3 p432-443 May 2012
This paper examines the Zapatista schools which arose in 1996 in the state of Chiapas in Mexico as a pillar of Zapatista autonomy and also as a result of the indigenous communities' dissatisfaction with the government's bilingual education programme. Based on ethnographic field work, the author reveals the objectives of the schools as being the protection of indigenous culture, values, languages and rights, the promotion of sexual equality, the gearing of education towards the rural context and the strengthening of communities' independence of external organisations. The author finds that despite the political, financial and didactic obstacles they face, the schools are succeeding in making progress in fulfilling their objectives and building an alternative to the neoliberal development model. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico