A symposium on Indigenous Peoples and the Decolonization of Science took place on 15 to 18 January 2015 at the campus of the University of Bremen, Germany. It was organized by Dr Eliane Fernandes, lecturer and researcher from the Institute of Anthropology and Cultural Research of the same university, in cooperation with die schwelle, a local NGO.
Indigenous representatives, international researchers and students of the University of Bremen attended the meeting and discussed the need to recognize and introduce indigenous knowledge in the academy.
Two UIL representatives took part in the symposium: Ms Ulrike Hanemann who spoke about literacy from a lifelong learning perspective, and provided concrete examples of literacy programmes that target indigenous peoples. Mr Stephen Roche, Executive Editor of UIL’s International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) was present to help select papers for a future special issue of IRE on indigenous education.
During the symposium it became evident that indigenous approaches to learning and living can contribute significantly to address many of the huge challenges that the globe is facing, especially towards achieving sustainable ways of development.