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Ku si Kawsay – Happy Life Andean Scho o l, Per u

Pisac - PerĂş

Surrounded by the majestic Andes, the Kusi Kawsay school is at an altitude of 9,751 feet above sea level and located at the base of a beautiful archeological site. The Kusi Kawsay Educational Association was legally founded as a nonprofit Association on March 6, 2008, in the District of Pisac, province of Calca Department of Cusco – Peru

The School

Kusi Kawsay Andean School’s mission is to provide access to education that is rooted in Andean culture and tradition by enabling a bilingual intercultural experience using the most up-to-date teaching methods, which provide a solution to today's reality for children, young people and families who otherwise would have few opportunities to access a respectful education.

The School was established in 2009. Kusi Kawsay is an indigenous school rooted in Andean tradition that applies the Waldorf Pedagogy, created for economically challenged children of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Pisac, PerĂş. It offers an alternative, integral education giving priority to the formation of free human beings.

Waldorf inspired Andean education The school uses elements of the Waldorf pedagogy and incorporates the values of ancestral Andean practices of the "good life (buen vivir)" philosophy, based on generations of global consciousness that respect the ecological integrity, wisdom and dignity of indigenous culture in a context of reciprocity, respect, love and social justice.

What does Kusi Kawsay mean?

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Kusi Kawsay means Happy life in Quechua (Quechua is the native language of Peru) The school is bilingual to respect the language ability of our students More than half the student’s mother tongue is either Quechua or Runa Simi while their second language is Spanish

Our Students Our school is made up of 100 children between the ages of three to 18 years old. Most of our students come from rural communities and other students come from the urban areas. 60% are girls and 40% are boys Our students love to make art, weave, play instruments and dance The school curriculum is catered to the Andean Calendar. We celebrate and respect Pachamama (Mother Earth) and practice the philosophy of ‘ayni’ which means reciprocity - to give and to receive.

The Construction of the School • •

All buildings on the school grounds are constructed with local, ecologically friendly and degradable material. The school is striving to develop a global awareness that respects ecological integrity and the wisdom and dignity of indigenous culture – not only through our activities but through the environment of the school too.

Activities of the School • We decorate the classrooms in

accordance to the Andean calendar. For example, October corresponds to the time of planting so the students use the land, water and seeds.

• Students have access to Andean

Workshops such as weaving and textiles, ceramics, drawing and painting, music and dance.

• Each classroom has

cultivated garden plots where they learn about plant growth based on the Andean calendar.

• We have quarterly

exhibitions displayed in every classroom classroom. The community is invited to view the academic achievement through these exhibitions.

The school hosts regular meetings with parents to achieve active support in the education of their children.

We believe that‌  By providing a solid education, a dignified sense of self-esteem, and

tools to increase economic and emotional levels of well-being, this education will help children, and by extension their families and nation, to leave the marginalized state in which they live, acting as advocated in the context of the greater world.

We believe that‌ our educational model guides our children to respect their Indigenous Andean identity, surrounding ecological landscapes, and empowers them to protect their right to participate in modern society with all the richness of their culture.

Video of the School

ď‚— https://vimeo.com/104193311

Kusi Kawsay Is a critical part of building the movement to create longer-term change identified by the articles in the UN’s Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Through the power of a different kind of education, a new generation of indigenous youth can develop as leaders and activists, capable of advocating for their rights locally and globally.

Like the Andean agrarian cycle, the “seeds� of cultural pride planted now are strengthened with each planting cycle is an investment in making a better future possible.

Thank You Urpillay Sonqollay ยกGracias! www.kusikawsay.org