Competencies in community instructors who provide service to the indigenous peoples of the state of chiapas Competencias interculturales en instructores comunitarios que brindan servicio a la población indígena del estado de Chiapas
This article shows the results of an exploratory-descriptive study on intercultural competencies in community instructors of the National Council for Educational Development (Conafe) providing service in the Modality of Educational Attention to the Indigenous Population (MAEPI) in the region of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. It describes the historical background of Indian education in Mexico, and the contributions to community education, and develops concepts regarding intercultural education and intercultural competencies. The research methodology adopted a mixed method based on a non-experimental, trans-sectional and naturalistic ethnographic design of convergent triangulation. The conclusions outline the need to strengthen teacher training so as to build an educational model that would fully incorporate the intercultural approach.