Turning outwards or inwards? The experience of a Mexican indigenous model of community-driven and intercultural education in a globalized world - La Universidad de los Pueblos del Sur

Authors

  • Alfredo Méndez-Bahena Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero
  • Anna Rosa Domínguez-Corona Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia
  • Norma Elena Méndez-Bahena Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero
  • Marlene Brito-Millán Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero; University of California

DOI::

https://doi.org/10.36615/sotls.v5i1.182

Keywords:

Pedagogy, Indigenous Education, Epistemology, Decolonial feminism, History

Abstract

The neocolonial undercurrent of internationalization that drives educational policies and standards, imposes a EEUUrocentric worldview and perspective of human development upon the global South. Beyond the discourse of international cooperation, this vision sustains what Quijano describes as the ‘coloniality of power’ that deepens inequalities between universities of the global North and South. In Latin America, there are various alternative educational projects, including indigenous universities that turn inwards toward rich pluriversal contexts, histories of resistance, and diverse tapestries of knowledge to address local problems and train youth to generate new horizons for ongoing indigenous and afro-mestizo social movements. This article is a reflective analytical account of our seven-year experience as volunteer educators at the Universidad Intercultural de los Pueblos del Sur (UNISUR) from an intercultural and decolonial feminist perspective. Founded in 2007 in southern Mexico, UNISUR was formed as a grassroots indigenous university of and for the original peoples of Guerrero state. Our account disrupts the hegemonic vision of an internationalized education that sustains racialized ‘colonialities of power’ and instead proclaims the right to self-determination, to the empowerment of women, and to an education based on principles of decolonial epistemic equity.

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Published

2021-04-28

How to Cite

Alfredo Méndez-Bahena, Anna Rosa Domínguez-Corona, Norma Elena Méndez-Bahena, & Marlene Brito-Millán. (2021). Turning outwards or inwards? The experience of a Mexican indigenous model of community-driven and intercultural education in a globalized world - La Universidad de los Pueblos del Sur. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the South, 5(1), 107–128. https://doi.org/10.36615/sotls.v5i1.182