Sunday, October 23, 2011

How to Pass On Tradition, Venezuelan Style


Rural-Urban migration is a major issue in Bhutan, in fact Bhutan has the highest rate of rural-to-urban migration in south Asia. Some progressive educators blame the education system for, unwittingly, further promoting this trend by discounting native wisdom traditions in favor of consumerist ideals. 
This project in Venezuela is working to preserve and strengthen indigenous culture in such an interesting way. It's an accredited university open only to students from tribal areas. They receive lessons in indigenous rights, language and mythology and in the afternoons they get the chance to put practical skills to the test, herding buffalo and tending vegetable plots.
I wonder if such a thing would work in Bhutan. 

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