Johis Alarcón

Photographer
  
The Guardian: Community Education
Location: Ecuador
Nationality: Ecuadorian
Biography: Johanna Alarcón (1992) is a freelance photojournalist and visual storyteller based in Ecuador. Johanna´s work is focused on social justice, human rights, and gender related issues. She is a National Geographic Explorer and member of... MORE
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The Guardian: Community Education
Copyright Johis Alarcón 2022
Updated Dec 2021
Topics Children, Education, Epidemics, Human Rights, Latin America, Media, Photography, Photojournalism, Revolution, Womens Rights
ECUADOR: COMMUNITY EDUCATION

When the pandemic struck Ecuador it forced many indigenous and African-Ecuadorian families to return to the places they were born. This work highlights a renewed sense of community in the Andean highlands and the coastal rainforest bordering Colombia. Isolated populations were hit hardest by school closures. The response was to relaunch community schools that promote cultural identity and language, the protection of the local environment and whose teachers are also part of the community.
These populations have reopened the "community schools" which are local, bilingual and intercultural educational spaces which prevents dropouts, decreases the spread of the virus and promotes identity, organization and environmental protection.

See more in the @guardian. Produced with support from @henrylucefoundation as a part of a Magnum Foundation grant to show the impact of the global health crisis through a variety of perspectives.

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