South America is in a fight for literacy. How are the Cofan people battling to preserve language education for their younger generation and thus, preserve their culture? In Quito, the capital of Ecuador, the Fundacion Sobrevivenica Cofan has developed an education project aiming at developing the skills and knowledge of the next generation so that they can preserve the Cofan land-base and be able to communicate effectively with other countries through the world. This year there are a total of twenty-four students placed in five schools around Quito, including two Cofan students in universities. The students live in the Quito Cofan Center, where Cofan foods are served, Cofan values and forms of social interaction are followed, and Cofan is the language of everyday life. The Cofan are hoping to continually expand this project to offer more children the opportunity for superior education.
Come check out the exhibit featured at the museum representing a slice of Cofan culture and familiarize yourself with this studious and progressive people!