Participatory Processes in an Indigenous Village Maricá, Rio de janeiro, BRAZIL

PROJECT OVERVIEW: The history of indigenous peoples in Brazil is marked by struggles for land rights and recognition of their culture. Among these disputes can be highlighted the claim for a school model that embraces their own educational processes and provides conditions for the full development of indigenous children, preparing them for dialogue with a non-indigenous society. After suffering a forced removal six years ago, the residents of the Tekoa k’aAguy Ovy Porã (Mata Verde Bonita Village), located in Maricá, have been seeking for land right recognition since then. The Guarani ethnic community is made up of 105 residents, among them 26 children who attend basic education at improvised classes in a container. The main ambition of this work, which is already in progress, is to design an educational environment to protect and stimulate the cultural identity of residents. In addition, it is expected to give visibility to the community problems, contributing this way to the possibility of regularizing their stay on the ground.

CATEGORY: Education SETTING: Rural STATUS: Current project

BY: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Involvement with the community has been taking place through playful learning experiences with the intention of understanding the needs and expectations about the environments to be designed. Territorial mapping activities, drawing and modelling clay workshops were carried out.

PARTNERS: This project is the result of a collective work involving Tekoa k’aAguy Ovy Porã residents, a student of Architecture and Urbanism under the supervision of a Ph.D. in Architecture and Urbanism and the co-orientation of a Master of Architecture and Urbanism, and the Maricá Municipal Secretariat of Education.