Exchange of knowledge

By: Josselyn Flores

Within the framework of the NORHED project "RUIICAY-HIOA Program for Linking in Intercultural Communication", URACCAN Bluefields venue takes place on the second day of the workshop of "Training of trainers in strengthening research capacities" with the (CRISSAC);  which is sponsored by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the project "Dialogue of Knowledge and Does, Strengthening the Exercise of Autonomy", sponsored by SAIH.

Under the theme "difference between participatory action research and intercultural action research. In the development of this participants discussed how to approach research work in a community context; in this sense they shared experiences lived applying this methodology of participatory action research, in their analysis they emphasized that interculturality is the relationship in equity and equality of law.

In the developed theme it was said that one of the differences of these two types of research, is the approach and projection that the researcher has; and how it makes it relevant and beneficial to the community so that it appropriates the proposal and can be applied in the intended place.

In the debate they explained that intercultural research has to be present with epistemic equity, in this way they consider it to be one of the main differences, because in action research, knowledge is built, from the participatory part; however, intercultural research is intended to know wisdom.

Dr. Alta Hooker Blandfor, rector of URACCAN;  recommended doing research by innovating, thinking about equality of peoples; because the university model so requires, this is achieved through CRISSAC, in which processes articulated with communities and territorial governments are built to improve the living conditions of peoples.

The rector concluded by saying that community universities are responsible for accompanying this process of improving the quality of life of communities.