Pechiches:Ethnic Books for Afrocolombian Children

by Fundacion por la Educacion Multidimensional-FEM Vetted since 2017


Pechiches is an ethnic-based educational project that develops an intimate relationship between children and literature. These books are about their local stories and culture. We also aim to empower public school teachers in Cartagena, while fighting for ethnic inequality. We will enhance the reading skills of children who come from impoverished areas and attend public schools with little resources. After a successful pilot with these books, we want them in every library of Cartagena.

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There is a huge gap between public and private education in Colombia. The inequality is atrocious. It's necessary to build a multicultural community. There is poor access to engaging, interesting and fun learning activities for children from impoverished areas. Public school teachers do not have the tools or resources to provide these kids with the kind of cultural education they need. This makes it difficult to teach the rich and fascinating history of the place where these children come from.


This project will improve the teachers' ability to educate & enlighten the children in 100% of Cartagena's public schools by promoting reading and the willingness to learn. Essentially, we will provide these children with the knowledge of their rich heritage & their cultural diversity. It is so important to teach these children not to be ashamed of their Afro heritage. And for them to fully embrace diversity & understand their deep and dynamic roots. We will also train teachers and librarians.

Long-Term Impact

The long-term impact will be empowering for these children and educators. With this type of education and knowledge, these children will be able to grow up not only to be proud of their heritage, but will be able to educate others. This type of education benefits everyone here in Colombia. Essentially, these children can be proud of their heritage and pass on the culturally rich traditions of their ancestors. In addition, they will respect and understand other cultures.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Fundacion por la Educacion Multidimensional-FEM

Location: Bogota - Colombia
Website: http:/​/​
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Twitter: @femcolombia
Project Leader:
Maria del Pilar Mejia Echeverri
Cartagena, Bolivar Colombia
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