Unlocking Silent Histories: Exploring Educational Initiatives for Cultural Revitalization and Inclusive Indigenous Practices (78281)

Session Information: Challenging & Preserving: Culture, Inter/Multiculturalism & Language
Session Chair: Ratchaneekorn Ratchatakorntrakoon

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 13:05
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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This paper demonstrates the transformative program Unlocking Silent Histories (USH) initiative implemented in Guatemala and Peru. The focus is on USH’s pioneering efforts to integrate indigenous narratives into the educational landscape. In these countries renowned for cultural richness, this project is at the forefront of bridging historical silences, engaging Indigenous communities in the co-creation of educational content that reflects their untold stories and traditional wisdom. Utilizing participatory research, video ethnography, and digital storytelling tools, the initiative not only documents previously overlooked histories but actively involves communities in the preservation of their cultural heritage. This paper explores the impact of Unlocking Silent Histories on community empowerment, educational inclusivity, and the preservation of Indigenous wisdom. Through qualitative analysis and real-world examples, the study highlights the program's effectiveness in fostering a more culturally sensitive educational environment. By presenting the Unlocking Silent Histories initiative as a model for inclusive education, this paper contributes to the ongoing dialogue on international development and education. It emphasizes the importance of acknowledging and integrating historically marginalized peoples and perspectives within formal educational frameworks, fostering a more equitable and culturally enriched society. The insights gleaned from this case study offer valuable considerations for educators and policymakers seeking innovative approaches to inclusive education on a global scale.

Donna DeGennaro, University of North Carolina, United States
Dana Holland Zahner, University of Colorado, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Donna DeGennaro is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington

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