On Risings and Awakenings in Chiapas, Mexico

Blogging for Chiapas gives voice to participants and supporters of Schools for Chiapas working to describe for you the smells and sights and sounds and feels of Zapatista education. Here we share the sounds of Zapatista schools where education promoters reject the name of “teacher” and students teach as they grow strong. We will continue sing unexpected songs from schooling on rocky, hand cultivated corn fields and we will try to capture the feel of scientific studies carried out in tiny rural health clinics.

August 8th: A special day to remember!

It’s the birthday of the Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata and anniversary of the founding of the Zapatista civilian Good Government Boards. Revolutionary hero and icon On August 8, 1879 Emiliano Zapata was born in Anenecuilco, in the Mexican state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City. Zapata was an advocate of fundamental land reform who lead a successful peasant army to become one of the most famous heroes of the Mexican Revolution. His central demand famously states “The land belongs to those who work it.”  In 1917, Zapata’s land reform was enshrined in a new Mexican constitution legalizing communal …

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Zapatistas express their solidarity with the people of Palestine

Your silence hurts me, wrote the renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The Zapatistas of Chiapas, despite facing their own considerable difficulties, have not been silent on the ongoing carnage in Gaza. At the recent First Exchange of Indigenous Peoples in Mexico with the Zapatista Peoples meeting held in Chiapas, Comandante Tacho of the EZLN expressed solidarity between indigenous liberation movements in Mexico and Palestine. Addressing hundreds of delegates at the indigenous conference, Tacho condemned Israel’s “war of extermination” against the Palestinian people in Gaza. and said the Zapatistas “embrace the [Palestinian people] today as we have before, as we always …

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Connect with Schools for Chiapas at the NEA Conference!

Welcome to Schools for Chiapas, now offering free student-centered lesson plans and educational videos based in common sense and common core standards of global justice and human dignity. Join us in teaching about the Mayan peoples of Chiapas, Mexico, where community control and student’s needs always trump corporate power. Here are easy ways to connect, learn, and take action with us here at the 2014 NEA conference: 1. Watch our latest video: An Introduction to Zapatista Education:   2. Check out teacher resources: Explore our lesson plans and library 3. Visit us at our booth and enter the drawing! • July …

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New video: An Introduction to Zapatista Education

  Check out the latest video in our Teach Chiapas series! “An Introduction to Zapatista Education” is a short video for educators and students that offers a clear introduction to the Zapatista school system in Chiapas, Mexico. In 8 minutes you’ll learn about: Why the Zapatistas created their own community-controlled schools How teachers are chosen and supported Hands-on learning that focuses on social justice Featuring: First-person testimony from Zapatista teachers Archival footage of schools recorded by Zapatista filmmakers   Additional materials about Zapatista Education to accompany the video: Lesson plan: “Ourselves and Others: How We Learn” Article: “Autonomous Education in …

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