Costa Rica: launching of a collection of educational materials on the influence of Afro-descended in Central America

The UNESCO Office in San José (Costa Rica) presented on 14 August 2009 the Collection "Del Olvido a la memoria" (From oblivion to memory).

Produced in collaboration with the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the National Museum of the country, this collection includes a five volumes series of teaching materials that are part of an initiative of Central America countries to eliminate the ignorance about the influence of populations of African descent in the region.

Funded by UNESCO, this series of publications is part of The Slave Route Project and accompanies its new orientations with regard to geographical expansion to regions insufficiently covered on this topic and introduction of new themes.

Besides the dissemination of these materials, UNESCO is working actively towards their inclusion into curricula of Central America countries and organizes workshops which objectives are as follow:

  • Validate the content of brochures prepared by UNESCO on the African presence in Central America.
  • Provide teachers with suggestions and recommendations for working with students, promoting learning about African heritage in each country.
  • Obtain recommendations to implement the study of history, the presence and contribution of Africans in Central America in the educational programs of Ministries of Education respectively.

These publications are available online:

As of 2018, "Building Our Nation: The Contribution of Afro-Caribbean Migration in Costa Rica" is available online. This is a mini-series of documentaries that can be used as an educational tool, produced by the Chair of African and Caribbean Studies and the Vice-Rectory of Teaching of the University of Costa Rica, with the support of UNESCO. The four documentaries provide a first-hand account, through testimonies, of the experience of migrants from the Caribbean islands in the process of integrating their descendants into the country.

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