Sharing stories of success in the classroom
On Friday July 20th, the first section of module three started. Bolivian instructor Monica Pacheco expanded on the importance of social and cultural capital.
She gave examples about CED communities that embody the well use of cultural and social capital. One of those was the Sto’lo nation in British Columbia, which has resorted to an approach to development that values culture, elders’ wisdom, and community well-being. Thus, maintaining a balance amongst the six capitals of the community. Students were inspired by this example, but what sparked a much more lively conversation was an example closer to home, Viacha. Monica shared with us how the Mallkus (indigenous authorities) in Viacha are bringing about a transformation in their communities using the CED approach. She highlighted the fact that their social capital is very powerful because they are building strategic alliances with different actors, and are definitely a good example of promoting a holistic development from within.
Monica mentioned that the Mallkus in Viacha asked the CED team to go to their communities and inform the people about the CED approach. Since then, the team has taught the course twice, and next Saturday July 28th the third training begins. However, this is not where it ends, community members have requested the publication of a CED illustrated guide in Aymara which they have designed with the instructors, so they can also teach CED. Therefore, as Monica says, “they have broken dependency; they will teach their own CED courses, and lead their own path to development.”