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Seminar: Literacy for life and work: exploring an Indigenous language literacy programme in Mexico

This presentation draws from the theoretical domain of literacy as a social practice (LSP) to explore the role and meaning of literacy within the context of the Bilingual Indigenous Education Model for Life and Work (MIB) programme for adults in Mexico. Using a qualitative and multi-sited ethnographic approach, field research was conducted in three Mexican states and across twelve distinct Indigenous communities. This study aimed to uncover what ways and for what purposes learners and facilitators engage with the MIB program and how literacy influences and affects the lives and livelihoods of the participants. The presentation will explore the multivalent meanings, values, and uses attached to literacies from the varied perspectives of key stakeholders and argue that the ways in which literacy practices are produced and enacted are strongly linked to and framed by broader historical and socio-political contexts and discourses. Findings suggest that while the MIB endorses a rights-based approach to literacy and provides opportunities to develop both literacies and social support, it does not sufficiently challenge the intersecting systems of power that continue to exclude and marginalise Indigenous discourses and identities within educational spheres, particularly with regards to issues of gender, race, language, age, and socioeconomic status. 

Lorena Sanchez Tyson

Lorena Sanchez Tyson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Education, Practice and Society at UCL IOE. She holds a BA in English from the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas (Mexico), and an MA in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management (UK). Her research focuses on adult literacy in multilingual and multicultural contexts; other interests include literacy, lifelong learning, unschooling, alternative learning, and Indigenous and intercultural education.

The seminar is part of the open research series 'Education, the global South, and Beyond', at the Department of Education. It is being held Thursdays lunchtime, 1 to 2 pm, in the Zoom meeting room. This series aims to create an interactive space for postgraduate students, doctoral and early career researchers, scholars, research practitioners and faculty to meet in a relaxed, supportive and collaborative environment to discuss topics of international education, development and related issues. Meeting links will also be shared on the Diversity, Equity and Education Collective (DeCol) webpage. 

DeCol is a network of international scholars, mostly doctoral, postdoctoral and early career researchers working on issues of education and development. It aims to expand research and practice in education and beyond by inclusion of multi-disciplinary perspectives, creative approaches, and contextualised understandings of multiple lived realities and experiences in diverse international contexts.

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