First 2018 Independent Guåhan General Assembly Jan. 25

by Independent Guåhan
Stripes Guam

Independent Guåhan (IG) invites the public to its first monthly General Assembly (GA) for 2018 on Thursday, January 25th from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Main Pavilion of the Chamorro Village in Hagåtña. The evening will focus on decolonizing local education and what improvements can be made to curriculum in an independent Guåhan.

Education is something all communities must take seriously, but in what way is Guåhan’s ability to educate its youth hampered by the fact that the island is an unincorporated territory or colony of the United States? In an independent Guåhan our community can finally create an educational system that reflects the cultures and values of the people of the island, most importantly its indigenous people the Chamorros.

At each GA, Independent Guåhan honors a maga’taotao or a notable figure who has helped push the islands towards decolonization. For January, Independent Guåhan will honor the late educator and civic leader Gloria Borja Nelson. Nelson was an outspoken figure on many issues of social reform and public improvement, but made educational advancement her life’s work. For more than thirty years she worked at every level of Guam’s public school system, eventually serving as the Director of GDOE and later elected as an education board member.

Her love for education was something instilled in her through her life experiences, including her time as a child attending school in Japanese-occupied Guam during World War II. According to Nelson, “I was not meant to get an education, but I took education everywhere I could get it. I took it from the Americans; and I even took it from the Japanese. I knew that whatever was happening around me, I would become educated.” IG is proud to honor the legacy of Gloria Nelson.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua at (671) 988-7106, email independentguahan@gmail.com, or visit www.independentguahan.com.

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