Eighth semi-presidential meeting of the Master's Degree in Social Anthropology takes place
Teachers will make a field visit to the Sisin community, to learn about the drinking water project.
Neylin Calderon

Environmental Management, Sustainable Development and Environment

Throughout the week, teachers of Social Anthropology receive the module Environmental Management, Sustainable Development and Environment, as part of the complementation of the VIII semi-presidential meeting that takes place in URACCAN Bilwi enclosure.

Dr. Ivania López is in charge of providing this module, who explained that during the meeting there has been a process of relationship between the theory and the experiences they have had regarding the issue in communities, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and mestizos of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, such as management tools, the issue of autonomy from administration and how they are linked to the development of the region Lopez said.

"We have been reflecting with the students; there have been very good reflections, where recognitions are made, there are also challenges that we have in this topic; also, throughout the world context, not just the things that happen in the region, there are many challenges and we need to move forward on that," Dr Lopez said.

One of the challenges to be met for teachers is how to redefine new strategies that can be carried out in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, "because all the global affectation, economically, psychologically, the issue of mental health, logically that affects our country, our people, affects us", specified the facilitator.

Among the analyses presented in the classroom was how the indigenous, Afro-descendant and mixed-race peoples of the Caribbean Coast have been involved in this global health problem, also how they operate the whole issue of environmental management, how sustainable development is valued, Lopez said.

About the Master's Program

Two years ago he started with the second cohort of the Master's Degree in Social Anthropology at the Bilwi campus, where a selection of 20 students was made to be part of this academic program, in the quest to increase their educational levels.

According to teacher Ivonne McLean, academic secretary of the campus, the purpose of creating this master's degree was to strengthen human capacities, human talents in the anthropological field, capable of doing research into the socioeconomic, sociopolitical, sociocultural development of the peoples of the Autonomous Regions.

"They have advanced in 8 modules, at the moment the module of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development is being developed, they would already have only one module left. In this year-and-a-half process that we have advanced, they have been contributing to their thesis research processes that will allow students of this master's degree, to be completing the master's program with their defense, for us it is an achievement that they graduate," McLean concluded.

Activities to be carried out in the eighth module

One of the academic practices that elevates the quality of education in URACCAN is the combination of endogenous and exogenous knowledge, which makes the student perform his theoretical skills with practice, to strengthen teaching-learning from university.

In this sense, on Wednesday, August 26, teachers will make field visits to the community of Sisin to learn about the drinking water project of the city of Bilwi and some surrounding communities, then move to the community of Lamlaya to visualize the sanitation project and finally go to the Dock to be aware of the risk points that this city has.