Wednesday, 15 November 2017

16th November: Here We Are and launch

In spite of the deaths and the oppression, here the defeat never drowned us, nor diminished our desire to continue being.

This 16th of November, in the afternoon, it will be 485 years since the invasion, of the wrongly called "Encounter of Two Worlds". We will remember our departed, but our hearts shall not be at half mast: standing we honour their memory.

That is why we celebrate in the Network of Rural Libraries "The day of Here We Are".

At night, at 7:00, we will have the launch of the 20 fascicles of the series "... and other tales", from the Biblioteca Campesina collection: Our grandparents continue to tell and keep saying.

It will be in the House of our Network: Avenida Perú Nº 416.

We are punctual. You are all invited.

The big circle

Each year, our brother Ramiro Yglesias – Coordinator and librarian of Contumaza –, organizes a great reading circle.

Spirited with their spirit, this time nearly one hundred people gathered: together, community members and teachers, librarians and parents, children and students shared the joy of reading their land and reading their books.

The event was held in the community of Amanchaloc, on the 12th of October, as if to say "Here we learn sharing".

Monday, 6 November 2017

Gazette No. 1

Here, the first of ‘Cosmovivencias’, the ‘Feeling-thinking Gazette’ of the Network of Rural Libraries of Cajamarca.

As part of the development of the doctoral thesis project on the Network of Rural Libraries of Cajamarca, its routes and Andean geographies, we present the first issue of the Network Gazette.

This monthly publication collects and systematizes, in various thematic axes, the conceptions that orient the actions of our educational and cultural organization. To this end, we review some documents produced by the co-founder and executive advisor of the network, Alfredo Mires Ortiz, in which we can appreciate the guiding thought and the journey of the network.

We want with this, in addition to disseminating the principles that identify and orient the process of the Network of Rural Libraries of Cajamarca, to promote a Latin American dialogue around the campesino identity and dignity, the Andean cosmovision and the deep links that we have with nature, life and community.

The full text can be found at:

A review

A review of the award-winning film, Libros y Nubes - which expertly captures the essence of our Red de Bibliotecas Rurales de Cajamarca, has just been published in the popular Irish journal 'Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review', by the Centre for Global Education.

The journal is published in both physical and virtual form; its web version receives approximately 145,000 visits annually from 150 countries. The journal aims to celebrate and promote good practice in global education and to debate its underlying conceptions.

The review of Libros y Nubes, written by our sister Lynda Sullivan, appears in the autumnal Issue No. 25: Development Education and Human rights, and presents the key concepts and highlights of the film. Global educators and policy makers are told how the Network of Rural Libraries of Cajamarca is a valid example of a literacy movement; community education; cultural affirmation in the face of colonisation; indigenous knowledge and its oral transmission; volunteerism and community cohesion.

Our humble inspirational work travels to the corners of the Earth where the seed may germinate and, if cultivated, produces its own fruit, but with flecks of Andean beauty.

Here, the link:

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Wanderings in Santa Cruz II

(Notes of Alfredo Mires Ortiz, visit to the area of ​​Santa Cruz, September 2017)

In the community of Poroporo the assembly decided that the head of the school would be in charge of the library, taking turns with the other teachers.

We had not finished signing the agreement when the community members began to request the books.

In a way, two schools coexist in Latin American education: that which the system imposes, governs, controls, harasses, disciplines and forces, and that which the indomitable soul of the people resists, prods, digests, challenges, contrasts, contests, rebates, faces, creates and makes the most of.

Us Indians have never been defeated: they crushed our forms and verbs, burned down dwellings and the forest, cut off hands and sliced faces, speared hearts and chained legs, but the starch remained, spermatozoa dodged the scythe, the earth hoarded its eggs, the duck crouched in the feeder, the seed waited for the rain, the furrow made the revolt.

Wanderings Santa Cruz I

(Notes of Alfredo Mires Ortiz, visit to the area of ​​Santa Cruz, September 2017)

It had been a while since we had been communicating with Professor Luis Calderón, a teacher from Poroporo and Catache, in the province of Santa Cruz.

Whether for distance or time - given that we are so few in the Central Team of the Network, we had never met with community members in this area ... until this September.

The night of the meeting in the Poroporo community there must have been about eighty people. All had returned from their labors in the fields, gathering themselves to rest; all were curious to know what was this about rural libraries.

We do not go where they do not invite us. That of arriving "as an institution" to start a project has an intrusive aftertaste, as if "the conscious" knew in advance what the "straggling peasants" need.

So we went there, talking, telling them what we were doing, and leaving open the possibility that they formed their own library: the decision, after all, must be communal and sovereign.
There was a lot of doubt floating about: the history of our people is a mass of absences and broken promises. The book was always an alien character, and when it was present: an improper, irresolute neighbor.

So I began to read one of our books, those that try to be an extension of our assembled elders; those books that have been born of our own seed and our own crop.
Now the eyes were different:
"I need those books for my children," a community member said suddenly. “Come to my community: there we are not shy, there we are already decided."

That night we formed the first rural library in the province of Santa Cruz.

How come we have not been there for 46 years? That is no longer the question: these wanderings are always new.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Yossi reading

My name is Yossy Katherine Carranza Guevara, I am sixteen years old and I am from San Luis de Lucma, in the province of Cutervo.

Reading for me is magic: when I read or take up a book I immerse myself in its words. There are words that make me laugh, or make me cry. Reading is my life because I love to read: it is incredible to jump into stories and hallucinate that I am the author.

Rural libraries helped me a lot because one of the main inspirers was the Coordinator of my area, bringing books. With my classmates we read and it was there where I discovered that I loved reading, it impassioned me. That is why reading is now my passion.

It pains me that many people do not place so much importance on reading; more prefer to go to the internet and all that, when they could, for example, read works. But they no longer read them, they buy the movies instead and watch them on TV.

There we have a great challenge.