Educate in Resistance: The Autonomous Zapatista Schools

Angélica Rico

“Our education is about having a dignified struggle and one heart, so that we can walk together in the same direction. We believe that education is not only about teaching literacy and numeracy, but also about solving problems between our peoples, how to defend ourselves, about our history and how to keep on fighting.”

— Hortencia, Tseltal promoter of True Education

This short article by Angélica Rico, originally published in, provides a good introductory background to the Zapatistas approach to education. It covers the origins and development of the autonomous schools, and describes the methods and approaches used therein.

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