Peasant University UNICAM is a participatory initiative of popular education, created in 2008 in the Argentinian province of Santiago del Estero.
Problems and Purpose
Santiago del Estero's Peasant University, with its emphasis on rural university systems, aims to integrate peasant and indigenous knowledge in an alternative academic context while promoting a broad and diverse dialogue. It has eight pedagogical paths: Agroecology; Popular Communication; Human Rights, Land and Territory; Popular Arts and Music; Popular Medicine; Popular Architecture; Renewable Technologies and Industries; and Popular and Solidarity Economy. This project, where thought from the village and the community is the protagonist, has generated deliberative spaces to discuss the territorial management and the type of agriculture that is wanted in the region.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Since 2008, at the local level, the Peasant University UNICAM has been associated with the Peasant Movement of Santiago del Estero (Span. Movimiento Campesino de Santiago del Estero, MOCASE). At the regional level, the University is articulated with the Latin American Coordination of Peasant Organizations (Span. Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo, CLOC), and at a global level with the organization “La Vía Campesina”.