Regional Preparatory Meeting of the Axe Higher Education, Cultural Diversity an Interculturality in Latin America and the Caribbean

Reunión preparatoria del eje temático de educación superior, diversidad cultural e interculturalidad

The team in charge of the Axe Higher Education, Cultural Diversity an Interculturality in Latin America of the RCHE 2018 held a preparatory meeting on Friday October 6th and Saturday October 7th at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (National University February 3rd). The meeting was attended by Dr. Francisco Tamarit, RCHE 2018 General Director and by Professor Pedro Henríquez Guajardo, UNESCO-IESALC Director.

This team has the responsibility of conducting regional studies directed to propose analytical elements and political recommendations that will contribute to answer the challenge addressed by the Final Declaration of RCHE 2008 considering that: “The challenge isn`t only to include Indigenous, Afrodescendant and other culturally differentiated peoples in the institutions just as they exist nowadays, but to transform these in order for them to be more pertinent to cultural diversity.”

The research includes studies dedicated to examine this topic in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and in Central American countries. These enquiries are complemented by two transversal studies. One, dedicated to analyze Higher Education experiences and policies with/for/by Afrodescendant peoples, and another referring to specific cases.  In addition, a regional study is planned to examine comparatively, among other topics, the advances, challenges, and debates that have taken place in Latin America as compared to other regions of the world; legal instruments and international agreements.

The progress of this team’s work shows the importance of concrete experiences in the region, especially since the beginning of the 21st century, as well as the amount of institutional difficulties and resistance that must be overcome to modify the scenario. There is a large gap between standards, policies and practices.

In this regard, it is with great concern that we can observe that Latin American societies continue to be marked by various visible and overlapping forms of racism, ethnic / racial discrimination and related intolerance that affect institutions and systems of higher education.

The team of this Axe is made up of: Alta Hooker (URACCAN, Nicaragua), Álvaro Guaymás (UNS, Argentina), Anny Ocoró Loangó (UNTREF-CONICET, Colombia), Esteban Emilio Mosonyi (Central University of Venezuela), Inés Olivera Rodríguez (University of Veracruzana, Mexico), Luis Alberto Tuaza (National University of Chimborazo, Ecuador), María Eugenia Choque Quispe (Universidad Mayor San Andrés, Bolivia), María Nilza da Silva (Londrina State University, Brazil), Maribel Mora Curriao Rita Gomes do Nascimento (Ministry of Education, Brazil), Sergio Hernández Loeza (UNAM, Mexico), Xinia Zúñiga (UNED, Costa Rica) and Daniel Mato (UNTREF- CONICET, Argentina), who is responsible for coordination.