Indigenous peoples’ right to education: Overview of measures reported by Member States


The right to education is recognized as having a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Agenda. Making education a reality for all is an absolute priority. States need to ensure the right to equitable and inclusive quality education. Inclusive education systems give the possibility to share different cultures and minds and learn from others for a better understanding and a brighter future.

Following the result of the Ninth Consultation of Member States on the 1960 Convention and Recommendation against Discrimination in Education, UNESCO is realizing a series of thematic mapping. The first document of this series, focusing on the right to education for indigenous peoples, has just been released.

This document provides an overview of the measures supporting the right to education for indigenous peoples reported by 15 Member States during the Ninth Consultation. These national reports provide many varied examples of what can be done in relation to the right to education for indigenous peoples, from constitutional provisions, to practical and concrete policies, including specific budget, curriculum and teacher training adapted to indigenous peoples’ cultural specificities, bilingual and intercultural education.

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