The goal of the Wekimün Chilkatuwe project is to improve the quality of life of Williche youth, their families and territories through intercultural educational initiatives. Our educational model seeks to integrate traditional-indigenous and western-scientific knowledge into curricula and project-based learning programs.
Wekimün - ("new knowledge" in Mapudungun) - is the product of a longstanding collaboration between the General Council of Williche Chiefs of Chiloé and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) - with a focus on integrating principles of sustainable community development and empowerment of indigenous identities into educational programs for young people and island-communities.
The teaching staff in Chiloé is a team of specialists and experts in culture, language, rural social development, land use, human rights, peace education and indigenous health. They work together with the Canadian faculty, headed by the researcher and professor at UPEI, Dr. Kate Tillezcek.
Pedagogical Model: Wekimün is a school that travels to different targeted territories. Our programs have two stages: 1) a classroom period where students attend lectures practice in laboratories and learning sites, and 2) a field-study stage where students return to their home territories to continue the work under the supervision of Wekimün faculty.
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Territories of Wekimün project: Alao Island (Quinchao), Apiao Island (Quinchao), Cailín Island (Quellón) and the territory of Coldita (Quellón), including the communities of Yaldad, Incopulli, Trincao, Cocauque, Coldita Island, Piedra Blanca, Tweo, Blanchart and La Barra-Chaiwao up to Inío).