Moral education as intercultural moral education

Susana Frisancho, Guillermo Enrique Delgado

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In a diverse country such as Peru, moral education should reflect social, cultural, political and spiritual dilemmas of both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples and their communities. To promote understanding and respect amongst people from different sociocultural backgrounds, moral education should encourage a dialogue between indigenous values and mainstream hegemonic values. In this article, we argue for the need to conceptualise moral education as intercultural. Against a common view that portraits indigenous people as incommensurable, that is, as trapped in their own radically different moral perspective, our own research in Shipibo-Konibo and Asháninka communities show that indigenous people display a moral point of view when analysing cultural traditions and practices. This moral point of view appears intertwined with their cultural values and ethnic identities and allows intercultural dialogue. In this vein, we argue for the need to incorporate intercultural moral conflicts and dilemmas into moral education to promote understanding and respect for others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-39
Number of pages22
JournalIntercultural Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Amazonian indigenous peoples
  • cultural diversity
  • interculturalism
  • Moral education

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