The support of the teaching-learning process at Wekimün Chilkatuwe are the territories the students come from. Students come to the school, so that they may return to their territories to look at them through all the tools they have acquired in the process.
It is this transformation or placement of value on each space as a meaningful context that facilitates reflection and a search for solutions to address real issues that occur in their natural environment. Placing the students in a meaningful context similar to their own territories gives priority to starting outward from what we have and what is closest to us; respecting and valuing the knowledge the students already possess, in order to expand it, directing them to better manage their skills, and to share knowledge with their peers.
Füta Maudin Rüpü
Medicinal and interpretive trail in the woods. The medicinal trail with marked tree and underbush species, extends over 2 kilometers through more than 20 acres of native forest. It is a learning site in which the students learn about different forest species and their uses, environmental functions of the ecosystem, erosion processes, and groundwater containers, among others.
On the same trail the students ask questions, confirm what they know, inquire about all non-timber uses of the forest, meet sacred spaces, spaces of healing, etc.
Apeche rüpü / Trail of the Ancients
On the coastline, there is an educational trail where one can find archeological sites and places of cultural significance, such as the apeche (seashell mounds), low tide trails, corrales de pesca líticos (traditional fish traps); similar to those found in all indigenous territories.
The marine ecosystem also exhibits the existing biodiversity on the coastline of each territory, with a high population of algae and shellfish, all of a great medicinal and nutritional importance.
Mapu Tukukawe / Demonstration Garden
Near the main house, there is a sign-posted vegetable garden that uses intensive farming methods to grow crops in greenhouses and outdoors. Various species necessary for everyday diet and healthcare and those of a great importance to the agricultural biodiversity of Chiloe have been planted there.
A space has been allocated to planting a variety of native potatoes, since they are a staple in the Williche diet, along with other vegetables of agricultural use that have been preserved in the Williche territory, such as shallots, turnips, beans; as well as other plants of medicinal use.
The soil has been improved through organic fertilization using seaweed, animal manure and plants. In addition, organic compost and vermiculture have been introduced to the site, making it a sustainable garden.
The signs posted in the garden serve the dual function of identifying the species at different stages of development and, in the case of potatoes, allowing for an effortless seed selection, to improve their quality.
Medicinal Extracts Workshop
The medicinal trail in the forest has its complement in the workshop – a laboratory of medicinal extracts, where it’s possible to learn how different species and their various parts are transformed into cures for various diseases following the ancient recipes of the Williche medicine.
The schoolhouse, a traditional construction of vernacular architecture, is a welcoming space for anyone who comes to the school. It is a place for offices, the dining room, a pharmacy of the Williche remedies and health care facilities.
Inside the house, the kitchen space is used to offer food service for the students and the staff, as well as for the activities related to learning traditional nutrition.
Chafün Konsejatu Chafün Williche / Meeting room of the General Council of the Williche Chiefs of Chiloé.
The Chafün, the headquarters of the Council, is the fireplace around which the meetings of the Council of Chiefs usually take place. It is a traditional building with the architecture of an ancient Williche dwelling, with a kitchen area, a dining area and a bedroom. This building has been improved with thermal insulation and access to create two spaces for teaching-learning at the Wekimün School.
The chiefs’ meeting space allows students to take classes and participate in both academic and recreational group activities.
A Williche language lab has also been set up, designed for the development of knowledge of the language both with the help of the teachers and through independent study.