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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
‘Mexicolore’ is a small, long-established, independent, artefact-based teaching team on Mexico and the Aztecs for schools and museums throughout England; to date the team have worked with around 180,000 children in over 2,000 primary schools alone since 1980, as well as in major national museums, including the British Museum, Museum of Mankind and the Royal Academy of Arts. Mexicolore also hosts an educational website which has recently been selected by the British Library to be archived as one of a small number of ‘documentary heritage’ sites that will form part of the new UK Web Archiving Consortium project. After over 30 years of what the Royal Academy has called ‘inspirational’ workshops in schools, the core team intend to establish Mexicolore as a registered Educational Trust in order to ensure the long-term continuity of their educational work, which is now expanding into new areas such as videoconferencing, teacher training, interactive resource production, prison education, school linking, and support for community education projects in Mexico in areas where the Aztec language (Náhuatl) is still spoken by between 1 and 2 million people. Videoconferencing has opened up a whole new world of possibilities with schools physically 'out of reach', but it’s the long-term international possibilities that really excite: linking a UK school with a Mexican school AND an archaeological team at work in the field; researching and devising a simple performance based on triangular input from schools in three countries and languages, such as the enactment of an ancient legend in English (UK), Spanish (Spain) and Náhuatl (Mexico)...The team’s vision is that of helping to create, nurture and support an international (and interactive) learning and teaching community focused on Mexico and Ancient Mesoamerica, in which all the participants - University Professor, field archaeologist, teacher, actor, village elder, school pupil, musician, anthropologist, researcher, volunteer, translator, writer, linguist, librarian, artist, web developer, student… - can share inspiration, encouragement, wisdom and creativity.
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