Intercultural Education:

Recovering the Williche language in Chiloé.

The Intercultural Bilingual Education and Sustainable Development program was developed to respond to our initial needs-assessment evaluation of targeted territories, in accordance with the foundational principle of the Wekimün project: to create “a school with and for indigenous youth and their communities.”.

To meet the goal of improving the quality of life of indigenous individuals, families and communities, Wekimün seeks first and foremost to empower and strengthen the indigenous identity of the Williche people. This dynamic process of cultural empowerment (more specifically, conservation and revitalization of cultural resources) is grounded on three principles: health, education and economic development.

The program was designed for indigenous youth who may or may not have completed high school. Our curriculum sets science and wisdom in an equal, reciprocal relation in order to cultivate new and deeper understanding and skill-sets. In the end, this synthesis offers a new, alternative avenue to revitalize indigenous cultures from within their own territories and communities.

From this dialogical perspective, students of Wekimün will learn concepts and methodologies that will allow them not only to assist teachers of the Williche language but also to create innovative solutions for challenges relating to sustainable development in their communities and territories.

The Intercultural Bilingual Education and Sustainable Development program combines in-classroom with project-based learning. The latter component of the program allows students to translate their newly acquired knowledge and skills—with the help of teachers and professionals—into concrete projects to be implemented in their home communities.  


Required Coursework

Intercultural Education and Sustainable Development Coursework





Introduction to Human Rights (10%)

 Law, Legislation and Public Education I (10%)

 Law, Legislation and Public Education II (10%)



Concluding Workshop on Sustainable Development Projects (100%)

Williche Language (30%)

Williche Language I  (40%)

Williche Language II (40%)

Williche Cosmovision (10%)

Teaching-Learning Methodologies I (30%)

Teaching-Learning Methodologies II (30%)

Research and Sustainable Development (50%)

Introductory Workshop on Sustainable Development Projects (20%)

Intermediate Workshop on Sustainable Development Projects (20%)

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General Objective 

Upon completion of the Intercultural Bilingual Education and Sustainable Development Program students will be ready to provide expert, professional support to programs and organizations where the Williche language is taught.
In addition to expertise in the Williche language, our graduates will be proficient in the process of creating, coordinating, and delivering educational initiatives to promote Sustainable Development Practices in their home communities.



The fundamental methodological approach of the Intercultural Bilingual Education and Sustainable Development Program is project-based learning, where the students gather knowledge by working in their own territories.

This process includes coursework in the form of Teaching-Learning Seminars guided by our intercultural, interdisciplinary team of educators.

Thes Teaching-Learning Seminars take place in the classrooms, learning sites and the language lab.

Graduation requirements and evaluation, along with passing grades are determined in accordance to course-specific goals. Attendance percentage: 90-100%.

“Wekimün School could become an important initiative to avoid the disappearance of indigenous communities”.