Filed under: Community Organizing, Education, Indigenous, Southern Mexico
In the Sierra Mazateca of Oaxaca, in the pueblo of Agua de Lluvia, teachers, community members, and youth are building autonomous education through community organization.
Dating back to the 2006 social revolt in Oaxaca, and a conflict between the radical section 22 of the CNTE (National Coordinator of Education Workers) and the right wing Section 59 of the SNTE (National Union of Education Workers), a project of alternative education was born in the pueblo of Agua de Lluvia. With both the idea and the physical space slowly taking shape over the years, the project was officially launched this last weekend, with the goal of eventually maintaining an autonomous free school with ongoing workshops on drawing, weaving, music, photography, agriculture, community radio, etc. which are open to everyone.
Read below the statement from the Movement for the Articulation of the Forgotten Pueblos of the Cañada (MAPOC) following the presentation of the project.
In the afternoon on December 12, 2021, in the Mazateca community of Agua de Lluvia, Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca, we blessed the space we are now calling the Little Community School “Agua de Lluvia.” We also formally presented the project to the community and to compañeros of the National Indigenous Congress.
With this small step, we seek to continue to condition the space, expanding community organization and autonomous projects in defense of life, community, and mother earth.
The Movement for the Articulation of the Forgotten Pueblos of the Cañada (MAPOC) would like to thank the compañeras and compañeros of the Otomí community in Mexico City and their tireless struggle in the Casa de los Pueblos. We also thank the compañeras and compañeros of the community El Rebollero of Cuatro Venados, Oaxaca, who are engaged in a struggle for territorial defense. We also thank the compañeras and compañeros of the community of Agua de Lluvia for their support in continuing to move this project forward.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Little Community School “Agua de Lluvia” as the project develops into the future.