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How a group of teachers intend to revolutionize indigenous schools

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Indigenous schools have even less resources in Brazil

Chapter 8 of the Brazilian Constitution is exclusively dedicated to the country’s native populations. It recognizes their right to preserve their way of life, habits, beliefs, traditions, and languages. Specific schooling programs, crafted following those guidelines, are also set by Brazil’s body of fundamental principles. However, much like most issues related to Brazilian indigenous peoples, these rights aren’t properly respected.

In São Paulo, the discrepancy between what the law states and what the government actually does is flagrant. The state government forces indigenous schools to follow the standard curriculum of the regular education system. Despite the...

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