The Deputy of the National Assembly (NA), Mauligmer Baloa, denounced that the shortage of gasoline and the lack of technology in the state of Amazonas prevents the correct education of indigenous children.
“We are denouncing that without fuel, without technology, we cannot continue to contribute to teacher’s training and (children’s) education,” she told AN Radio.
Baloa explained that in the interior there is only one road, which just reaches Puerto Ayacucho (the capital) and the municipality of Autana. Of the rest, the south of Venezuela must be traveled by water or by air, which requires having gasoline.
“In Amazonas, there is a community and to get to the next the “bus” is a ‘curiara’, a kind of canoe, it moves with fuel. As it is well known, gasoline is scarce in the main cities of Venezuela. Can you imagine how it is for the indigenous communities?” she said.
Underpaid teachers and lack of technology
The education of indigenous children is still truncated in the Amazon due to the lack of electricity and the poor salary of teachers.
“Educators are better paid by the irregular armies that are invading the south of Venezuela to give indoctrination classes to the children of people who are confined inside the illegal mines in Amazonas,” Baloa said.
Likewise, the congresswoman informed that the optical fiber only reaches Puerto Ayacucho and that the rest of the six municipalities, which have 21 indigenous peoples with different cultures and languages, do not have access to electricity because there are only electrical power plants that need diesel fuel to function, and that is lacking too.
“Nosotros estamos denunciando que sin combustible, sin tecnología, no podemos seguir abonando a la preparación de los docentes y a la educación”. pic.twitter.com/l1vHVoEuVN
— Asamblea Nacional (@AsambleaVE) November 6, 2020