Asian sacred wisdom had organised a lecture on the “Towards Indigenous higher Education? The Decolonial Potential of Intercultural Universities in Mexico” on the 24th of April, where around 15 participants from across Asia had joined. This interesting lecture was lead by Dr.Gunther Dietz. Gunther Dietz grew up in southern Chile and in northern Germany.
He studied anthropology, philosophy and philology in the Universities of Göttingen and Hamburg. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Hamburg University. He has been teaching at the Universities of Hamburg, Granada (Spain), Ghent (Belgium), Aalborg (Denmark), Veracruz (Mexico) and Deusto (Spain).
Currently he is a research professor in Intercultural Studies at Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa (Mexico), where he works on multiculturalism, ethnicity, interculturality and intercultural / inter-religious education. His current project “Indigeneity and Pathways through Higher Education in Mexico” is carried out jointly by the University of Bath (UK), by UNAM and Universidad Veracruzana.
The Lecture elaborated on the problems faced by indigenous youth due to the practices/structures of the education system in Mexico and the efforts of Universidad Veracruzana along with local & regional NGOs and Social Movements in developing ‘Intercultural Universities’ for the upliftment and development of IP’s in Mexico. Lets look forward for the recording of this interesting session to be uploaded so that we can revisit and learn to adopt such projects in our own regions where need be.