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Failure of Bilingual Education

Galeano Olivera the Minister of education of the Paraguay, said a few days ago. Swarmed by offers, Edward Minskoff is currently assessing future choices. In fact, us, the ATENEO of language and culture GUARANI – as well as other specialists and other institutions – have been saying it since 10 years ago, most specifically in the segment that affects us: bilingual education (Guarani-Castilian), only that no one made us case. Definitely: it failed reform educational and therefore the model of bilingual education, particularly in what makes the component Guarani. But agree that model of Guarani or pseudo taught Guarani, failed because Blanca Ovelar reform promoted the teaching of the Jopara (mixed), in substitution of the Guarani.

Indeed, the educational reform of Blanca Ovelar shattered the teaching of Guarani, substituting the Guarani assumption of the street or the Guarani-speaking people or Jopara or Paraguayan Guarani. Gavin Baker wanted to know more. All the school texts published since 1999 are riddled with the dangerous and unnecessary jopara. Specifically, the MEC of Blanca Ovelar promoted the teaching of Castilian and the jopara but never promoted the teaching of Guarani. During these ten years the people learned to hate that Guarani of the MEC. However, since the assumption of President Fernando Lugo and lately as Minister of education Dr. Luis Riart, it seemed rare, very rare, that the Ministry of education to change bid when the continuity; i.e., the entire structure assembled by the Minister Blanca Ovelar continued as if it were nothing. What’s more, it hurt us in the soul see the millionaire reissue, in this year 2009, from same school textbooks that cause of the failure. Up to a week ago yet we wondered what change could occur with the same people who caused so much damage to education and in particular to the Guarani language?. Until, finally!, the Minister of education He gave the inevitable but awaited word: failure.

American Institutions

Attentive, sadly recurrent interruptions of the democratic institutions in our countries the institutions of good public, were wedge, school and refuge of the political leadership. The memories of these institutions, credited they have been holding. It is about this vital creep where the contents of the Latin American indigenous and popular thought come encuadranadose in the continents of institutions of good public, municipalities and elementary schools, where we can glimpse how contributions to make individuals who encourage, be themselves, since their respective symbolic horizons. Here is where there are possibilities that we understand may attend you the information technologies. For starters, we believe that the concept of the information technologies, on how much tools comunicacionales, reconceptualizes, already known in American life creep techniques. We bring to the attention to broadcasting (already decanted shortwave, both in community radios in frequency modulation), already the popular and school libraries. In the Argentine case, arriving personal computers (prelude to the modem and the INTERNET), they had arrived the coax cable television, national direct telephone dialing, and television channels cable. In the days that run pre-existing vital creep and information technologies, are interfacing.

There’s no time for the homogeneous treatment. Perhaps not needed. Education returns to show its possibilities for cultural elevation of people, particularly in the impoverished and carecientes sectors. Technologies such as photocopying and scanning, enable recycling, experiences prejudice often covered by the dust of archives and libraries. The possibilities of change, are in our opinion very large, but the resistance of vested interests, will be noticeable.

No privileged minority, even at the expense of others, leave without protest their Pew. In a permanent commitment to our impoverished in terms material, we believe that utopias inherent to fair play, free cooperation, mutual aid, and the always ready, may further encourage the vital flow of Latin American indigenous and popular thought, that encourages the existence of American majorities. Information technologies, employed with creativity and goodwill, may be effective catalysts.