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Indigenous-led Education Network

Interactive Map

The Philippines - SPNKK

Asia - NTFP-EP

Thailand - IMPECT Association

Kenya - Sengwer Community

Uganda - FED

Costa Rica - La Lengua Bribri

Panama - FPCI

Ecuador - Allianza Ceibo

Peru - FECONAU


India - Keystone Foundation

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It has become increasingly difficult for Indigenous communities to pass on their knowledge, language and culture.

Theory of Change

Why a Global Network on Indigenous-Led Education?

Problem

Key Audiences

Solution

Our Plan

After 10 Years

Long-Term Change

Boosting ILED initiatives and programs, thereby boosting Indigenous resilience.

Indigenous peoples in tropical forest regions are more resilient. They are leading their own education programmes, ensuring the well-being of future generations through the protection, revitalization and transfer of their languages and knowledge.

Supporters & Allies (media, academia, donors etc.)

Indigenous children and youth (and their communities).

Duty Bearers (public institutions, governments policy- and decision-makers).

To network & share knowledge.

To catalyse traction and (financial) support.

To raise awareness & increase visibility of ILED activities

Increased sharing and networking on ILED practices and initiatives.

Increased awareness among governments, donors, and other stakeholders.

Increase of successful ILED initiatives and programmes.

Increased levels of committed support for ILED programs.

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ILED Scope & Core Principles


o Open to all ages & genders.

o Indigenous communities in tropical forest regions (most underfunded and underexposed).

o Including Indigenous (grand)parents, community leaders, teachers, educators and other knowledge holders.

o Indigenous-led: activities initiated and managed by the grassroots.

o All types of education (Informal, non-formal and formal education).

o As a network, we focus on complementarity, not competition.



To create more traction and support for ILED initiatives, the network has developed three inter-related strands of work:


3. To raise awareness & increase visibility of ILED activities.

Generating an increased awareness and visibility of ILED initiatives by:

o Engaging external stakeholders through the organisation of webinars/dialogues and other outreach activities.

o Producing publications, multimedia and providing inputs to relevant consultations or processes.

o Celebrating successful grassroots initiatives with an annual award.






To create more traction and support for ILED initiatives, the network has developed three inter-related strands of work:


2. Catalyze traction and (financial) support: sharing funding opportunities, networks and contacts.

o Administering an accessible, low-bureaucratic Small Grants Fund for inspiring ILED initiatives. Some seed funding is provided through our own organisations, but we are seeking to grow this pool of small grants by engaging new donors and supporters.

o The small grants go directly to Indigenous-led, community-based and grassroots initiatives. Initiatives embedded in the communities create the biggest impact and potential for scaling up and replication.



To create more traction and support for ILED initiatives, the network has developed three inter-related strands of work:


1. Promote networking, knowledge sharing and exchanges.

The facilitation of cross-cultural knowledge sharing, aimed at generating mutual support and providing ILED partners with a source of inspiration. This includes:

o Local, regional and international cross-visits and exchanges on selected topics (online and offline).

o Peer-to-peer learning and review of each other’s initiatives and practices, sharing general news, opportunities, and contacts.

o Regional coordinators acting as a driving force in the network: supporting existing ILED activities and expanding the scope of the network, such as introducing new partners, donors and other opportunities for collaboration.


The Problem

Why a Global Network on Indigenous-Led Education?

The resilience and well-being of Indigenous communities is eroding due to many factors, including loss of language, knowledge and control over territories.

Mainstream education plays an important role as it is undermining traditional inter-generational knowledge transfer.

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As a result, Indigenous communities increasingly become economically and socially dependent on outsiders.

Indigenous-led education initiatives and programs which are based on communities’ own priorities, ways of learning and empowering youth, are shown to be the most effective way to boost indigenous resilience and self-determination.

But such programs are underfunded, remain largely invisible, are considered too small, or generally not prioritized by donors, governments and others.

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Resilient Indigenous Communities are better at...

Preserving their own Culture

Maintaining Social Togetherness

Sustainable Territorial & Resource Management

Effective Community Governance

Community-Based Innovations & Adaptations

Biodiversity Conservation

Food Security

Strong Health Systems

Defending their Land Rights

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Resilient indigenous communities

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The Keystone Foundation aims to enhance the quality of life Indigenous communities and the environment by using eco-development approaches.

Communities in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (Kotagiri): Adivasi, Sholanaikans, Todas, Paniyas, Irulas, Kurumbas, Kuruchiyans, Mullukurumbas, Adiyans and Alyars peoples.

Toda family gathering honey.

India

Keystone foundation

When?
Implementation in 2022

Funding
Received: €4800,-
Still looking for: €3200,-

Title
Community Knowledge Exchange Hub & Museum by Indigenous Communities of the Nilambur Region.

ILED Initiative

Info

o Creation of a Knowledge Exchange Hub & Community Museum by the Indigenous communities of Nilambur (the Kattunaickan, Cholanaickan and Paniya peoples).

o To revitalise traditional modes of knowledge transmission based on oralities, and to share ideas of sustainable ways of living with communities residing in the region, manifesting in a Community Museum & Resource Centre.

o Main activities: community-led research, documentation, creation of exhibits & audio-visual materials, community media network, storytelling & outreach events, networking, capacity-building & knowledge-sharing etc.

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Foundation for the Promotion of Indigenous Knowledge: to recover and to strengthen Indigenous knowledge of the environment and to promote participation with a focus on gender. Founded by the Guna Peoples.

Supported by the Guna General Congress: the highest traditional authority. Activities include the creation of an intercultural curriculum that includes the Guna language and traditional knowledge of mathematics, natural science and spirituality.

Panama

FPCI

ILED Initiative

When?
Implementation in 2022

Funding
Received: €4800,-
Still looking for: €3200,-

Title
Eco-Cultural Strengthening for Young Gunas at the Level of Science Clubs, in Two schools in the Gunayala Region, Panama.

Info

Impression of the traditionally carved canoe made by the Guna peoples.

The Project

o Eco-cultural training & participatory research by 20 students from the Félix Esteban Oller school (Narganá community) & the Olotebiliguinya school (Ustupu community).

o Merging both Indigenous & Mainstream Education and Knowledge (in the existing science clubs).

o Objectives:

  • Strengthened capacity of the science clubs & student leaders in environmental issues and Indigenous knowledge/culture.
  • To improve the information management on environmental and cultural issues.
  • Recovery of Indigenous knowledge on biodiversity & culture.



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The Inter-Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association. Network of Indigenous peoples: Akha, Dara-ang, Hmong, Kachin, Lahu, Lisu, Lua, Karen, Mien and Shan peoples.

Established in 1991, aimed at Indigenous capacity-building, youth engagement, sustainable inheritance and transfer of Indigenous knowledge. Programs: Cultural Revival & Alternative Education; the Environment & Natural Resource Management; Indigenous Rights.

Thailand

IMPECT Association

Info

ILED Initiative

Youth learning from the elders of the community.

When?
Implementation in 2022

Funding
Received: €4800,-
Still looking for: €3200,-

Title
Empowering Indigenous Youth on the Transferring of Mother Tongue and Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Mawakhi Community.

The Project

o Main aim: capacity-building of Indigenous children and youth to lead the implementation of cultural heritage activities: to develop the potential of the next generation of youth leaders.

o This ILED initiative is taking place in the Mawakhi Learning Center located in the Karen community in the North of Thailand (created by knowledgeable elders and community leaders to foster Indigenous-led education).

o Another activity is the creation of learning materials to support the inter-generational transfer of the Indigenous culture in the community learning center.













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It represents 30 communities in the Ucayali region: the Shipibo-Konibo, Asháninka, Isconahua and Awajun peoples. It is also a co-founder of the AIDESEP (one of the most important Indigenous rights organizations in Peru).

Peru

Feconau

"For the protection of our peoples, forests and rivers."

Reunion to celebrate 40 years of defending Indigenous rights (Credits: FECONAU).

FECONAU (Federación de Comunidades Nativas de Ucayali y Afluentes) was founded in 1981. It is one of the oldest Indigenous federations in the Peruvian Amazon. It came forth out of the Indigenous movement from the '70s.

Focus Areas
Indigenous Women & Youth, Land Rights & Natural Resource Managemet, Multicultural Bilingual Education, Capacity-Building, and Indigenous Well-being.

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The Indigenous Bribri peoples near the border with Panama. The ILED network works closely together with Alí Garcia Segura who is born and raised in the Bribri community. He is also an ethnologist and professor at the University of Costa Rica.

Alí aims to make the educational system more inclusive to local language and culture. Together with the communities, he records and documents the traditional language and wisdom and creates educational materials for children.

Costa Rica

La Lengua bribri

ILED Initiative

When?
Implementation in 2022

Funding
Received: €4800,-
Still looking for: €3200,-

Title
Kṍ tchë́l tã Sibö̀ ttékã: in the Fourth Half Sibó Spoke. Because we Believe that We Are in the Moment to Talk about our Bribri Identity.

Info

Ùkö: the word in the Bribri language for a traditionally woven mat.

The Project

o To make short videos and audio materials sharing about the Indigenous Bribri way of life, what it means to be Bribri and what Sibö̀ (creator of the Earth) has given the Bribri peoples to share in this world (our culture, the animals, plants, lands and rivers).

o Broadcasting these videos and audio materials on social media to reach the youth and to pass on this ancestral knowledge: it is time to talk about our identity, through the technological tools that hold our young people captive, so that they can take a look at their own roots.



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Founded in 1990, with two independent, yet connected organizations in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Human rights organization supporting the rights of peoples who live in forests and depend on them for their livelihoods: aims to create political space for forest peoples to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures.

FPP is a member of the ILED Team which facilitates the work of the ILED Network. Get in touch by sending an email to: caroline@forestpeoples.org

United Kingdom & the Netherlands

FPP

Focus Areas

Access to Justice
Self-determination
Legal & Policy Reform
Building Solidarity

Children and youth hold signs for the aquatic animal conservation section of the Mae Tia River in 2008.

Credits: IMPECT Association

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Mission
To make linguistic and cultural diversity the norm in education. All children, especially Indigenous children and children from migrant and minority backgrounds, should have every opportunity to learn in and through the languages they and their families use and understand well. They should be educated in a way that allows them to grow and flourish, well-rooted in their own languages and cultures.

RUTU is a member of the ILED Team which facilitates the work of the ILED Network. Rutu also functions as the ILED Secretariat.

The Netherlands

Rutu Foundation

Main Programs

Suriname
Language Friendly School
The ILED Network
Human Rights, Language & Education

iledsecretariat@rutufoundation.org

Get in touch by sending an email to:

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Mission
Both ENDS strengthens civil society globally to gain critical influence over decisions and activities that affect people's rights and the environment, thus guaranteeing that society fosters and protects ecosystems while ensuring respect for all human rights, including the right to water, food and a safe living environment.

Both ENDS is a member of the ILED Team which facilitates the work of the ILED Network. Get in touch by sending an email to:
f.dragstra@bothends.org
pw@bothends.org

The Netherlands

Both Ends

Focus Areas

Climate Justice
Human Rights & Gender Land & Water Governance
Trade & Investments
Public Finance for Development

NTFP-EP is a collaborative network of NGOs and CBOs working with forest-based communities to strengthen their capacity in the sustainable management of natural resources in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

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Focus Areas
Community-based Conservation
Sustainable Livelihoods
Indigenous Food & Health
Tenure Rights & Governance
Culture & Gender

NTFP-EP works towards forest conservation, the recognition of land rights, income generation through the creation of NTFP entreprises, food and health security, the promotion of Indigenous knowledge etc.

Strategies
Faciliation of knowledge-sharing, providing technical support and training, providing inputs in strategy discussions, documentation, mobilizing resources, sourcing advocacy support etc.

Asia

NTFP-EP

Adivasi women training Adivasi youth on wild foods during the Forest Food Field School (Voices from the Forest

NTFP-EP Magazine)

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Sengwer community of the Cherang’any Hills in Elgeyo-Marakwet, Trans Nzoia and West Pokot county (with different CBOs). Involved in conservation, women involvement in the negotiation for land rights and natural resource management.

Already since the early 1990s, the Sengwer community has been fighting for the recognition of their land rights. This is because of decades of harassment and attempted evictions by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS).

Kenya

Sengwer Community

ILED Initiative

Title
Growing a Tree for my own Breath & Advising Others to do the Same by the Sengwer Indigenous Children.

Info

Sengwer women speaking about land rights.

(Credits: Elias Kimaiyo)

When?
Implementation in 2022

Funding
Received: €4800,-
Still looking for: €3200,-

The Project

o Educating the children of the Sengwer community of Kabolet on the importance of restoring the eroded ecosystem by growing trees. Tree seedlings will be planted and grow by Sengwer children.

o Guided by the knowledgeable Berur women from the local tree nursery, also as a means to boost their economic resilience.

o Main activities: regular meetings at the cultural centre for community elders to pass on their Indigenous knowledge on conservation, beekeeping and other areas of relevance.


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Federation of Negrito Tribes, including the Batak, Manide, Agta-Dumagat, Ati and Ata peoples. SPNKK functions as an umbrella network and organization that brings Negrito groups together.

The aim of SPNKK is to speak with a collective voice and work toward the development of a national platform for the advancement of Indigenous rights to land and natural resources and the promotion of cultural integrity.

The Philippines

SPNKK

ILED Initiative

Title
“Proud to be Ata”: Production and Sharing of Culturally Appropriate Learning Materials with Ata Elementary Schools.

Young girl picking fruits in the Mobile Forest School

Info

When?
Implementation in 2022

Funding
Received: €4800,-
Still looking for: €3200,-

The Project

o Design & Production of Bilingual Illustrated Workbook: inviting students on a voyage through the Ata forest-oriented cultural heritage and the landscape of their ancestral domain and the natural environment (including recipes, stories, songs, illustrations, children's drawings and pictures).

o Created by content working groups consisting of teachers, Indigenous elders and youth.

o Other activities: workshop "culture in education", outreach events and the creation of additional out-of-school learning materials.


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Founded in 2011, FED works towards ecological sustainability, social justice and healthy living through amplifying community voices and rights, influencing policy and decision making, improving people’s livelihoods, building capacity of community participants to live in a healthy and just environment.

Focus Areas
Environment, Sustainability and Livelihoods
Community Health
Good Governance

Uganda

FED

Friends with Environment in Development

FED works with the Indigenous Batooro, Banyabindi, Batwa and Bunyoro communities.

Youth of Kibasi in Hakibaale, Kabarole District (mount Rwenzori region) during an environmental field tour.

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In 2011, the collaboration started to provide safe access to clean water for all families affected by oil pollution in the region. As a result of this experience, we realized that there are more needs and much more work to do. Now, together with the communities, we create different programs to help our nationalities in the defense of the territory, cultural survival and the construction of viable alternative solutions that improve the quality of life in the communities.

Focus Areas
Land Rights & Mapping
Storytelling
Water Systems & Clean Water
Protection of the Environment
Solar Energy
Transmission of Indigenous Knowledge & Practices
Indigenous Women

Ecuador

Allianza Ceibo

Alliance by the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon in Ecuador: the A’ikofan, Siekopai, Siona and Waorani peoples.

Impression of the Indigenous-led education projects of

Allianza Ceibo.

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