Providing access to education that is rooted in Andean culture and tradition by enabling a bilingual intercultural experience using the most up-to-date teaching methods, which confront the challenges of today’s reality for children, young people and families who have few opportunities to access a respectful education.
Kusi Kawsay aims to serve as an educational model, which will inspire other indigenous schools to approach learning through a sensitive and stimulating environment while honoring and celebrating traditional ways of life.
By supporting traditional cultural practices, children will embrace the ecological mindfulness of their ancestors, and help foster a balanced ecosystem.
Kusi Kawsay envisions accompanying children in their development, respecting their integral being, customs, history, mythology, worldview and tongue. We provide equal opportunity for girls and boys alike to participate in society with developed problem solving, creative decision making and acute leadership skills, woven with a common thread of an intact self-esteem and a richly dignified sense of cultural identity.
Kusi Kawsay is a critical part of building the movement to create longer-term change identified by the articles in the UN’s Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples. By the power of a different kind of education, a new generation of indigenous youth can developas leaders and activists, capable of advocating for their rights locally and globally. Like the Andean agrarian cycle, the “seeds” of cultural pride planted now and strengthened with each planting cycle is an investment in making a better future.