Venezuela university seeks to pass on traditional ways
BBC News, 23 October 2011

CARACAS, VENEZUELA: In Venezuela’s Indigenous University, students 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. The university has been constructed by and for indigenous communities. Several different communities are represented, and living on campus is a chance for students from different ethnic groups to mix for the first time. Instead of reading subjects like medicine or engineering, students concentrate on deepening their knowledge and understanding of their own cultures. They are given homework during holiday periods – tasks including interviewing their village elders about mythology and record their answers for posterity. Read the article …

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