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|[Nettime-bold] Indigenous language and cultural identity project|
Enlace Quiché project, Santa Cruz de Quiché, Guatemala. Toward the end of 2000 I was hired to spend a week in rural Guatemala helping with the Enlace Quiché project. This is run by Academy for Educational Development LearnLink and is supported by USAID. This is a short report about the project. I just returned this past weekend. At the conclusion of the decades-long civil war in Guatemala, the 1996 peace accords afforded the Mayan peoples more recognition of their languages and need for cultural identity. Even though these principles were recently rejected for inclusion in the Guatemalan constitution, there are many outside programs to promote this and to strengthen the institutions in Mayan parts of the country. Quiché department was the site of more than half the 650 massacres that took place during the war. As such it has received a lot of attention, and there are many programs, evidence of which are the number of white 4WD vehicles and pickups driving around Santa Cruz de Quiché. The goals of the Enlace Quiché project <http://www.aed.org/learnlink/task/index.html> are to produce multimedia materials for language instruction and strengthening cultural identity in teacher training schools in the area. There are four technical assistants who run the labs of new machines and work with the teachers. The EQ project has staff with expertise in creating books in html, a database of Spanish-K'iche'-Ixil words, language games and exercises programmed in Visual Basic, and a CD-ROM of projects that will be done by the students. For instance, the skill of the weavers and embroiderers of the area is outstanding, and each village has different designs. One plan is to make a survey of the styles and techniques for different areas. EQ is also putting on workshops for the teachers, and later in 2001 the Ministry of Education and others are sponsoring the Hemispheric Indigenous Education Fair, July 25-27, 2001. Guatemala City. Write email@example.com . No web page yet.