Journal of Intercultural Communication, issue 15, November 2007

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Power in Intercultural Education: "Education in Bolivia from Oppression to Liberation"?

Abstract

In this article I will consider the discussion on the educational system in Bolivia. Education is a potentially powerful way of communication. The educational reform of 1994 was a radical reform making it possible for the Indigenous peoples to receive education in their native languages. Nevertheless the government of Evo Morales abolished it as soon as they were in position, starting the process of making a new law with the slogan "decolonizing the education". "Education is oppression or liberation", with these words in the spirit of Paulo Freire the president of the Bolivian senate Santos Ramirez answered when I asked him why the new Bolivian government wants to change the educational system.

Key words: intercultural education, school reform, Bolivia, indigenous population.

intercultural education, school reform, Bolivia, indigenous population.


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