Indigenous knowledge in Latin America. Experiences and opportunities for an education policy with an intercultural approach in the Education 2030 Agenda
Specialists from various ministries of education in the region will be meeting in Chile to review experiences on the inclusion of concepts of indigenous knowledge in the implementation of education policies.
The meeting is a space for open dialogue organized by the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) in conjunction with the Chilean Ministry of Education. The following themes will be discussed during this international dialogue:
• Educational situation of indigenous peoples in several countries in the region; review of the programs and initiatives that the education ministries are carrying out and their relation with the knowledge of the native peoples.
• Policies aimed at strengthening the bilingual intercultural approach of the educational models in force in the region, within the framework of the new educational goals established by the Education 2030 Agenda.
• Teacher and teaching policies, recognition of traditional educators and traditional education models (or that transmit knowledge), their insertion within the cultures of indigenous peoples.
• Inclusive, quality education to reduce inequality between indigenous and non-indigenous students, with special emphasis on student learning.
During this space for discussion, two UNESCO publications will be presented: “Indigenous knowledge and education policies in Latin America” and “Inequality in the learning achievements among indigenous students in Latin America: What does TERCE tell us?”.
After the event a report is expected to be issued that systemizes the meeting’s findings. Likewise, these inputs will be used to revise a document on the learning of indigenous students based on the results of the TERCE study. This information will also help strengthen the instruments of associated factors of the fourth study of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE). Additionally, the meeting will provide participants with several elements for the relevant incorporation of indigenous knowledge in national curricula.