We Can Raise Awareness During the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and calls us to think about those less seen.

Indigenous people are often seen as “forgotten by time.” Affixed to their land and guided by cultural and linguistic distinctions that often haven’t changed in decades, they can seem antiquated to our “modern” eyes. In truth, though, they bear a rich history! We can learn from them as we raise awareness about them during today’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

According to Cultural Survival, indigenous people make up around 5 percent of the world’s population but account for around 15 percent of the world’s poor. The UN recognized this disparity and set this day apart in an effort to create a more equitable future for indigenous communities.

This day is designed to raise awareness and encourage international cooperation in an effort to solve the issues facing indigenous people. We can all join in my heightening awareness about these often unseen people groups.

This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is devoted to the right to education.

The right of indigenous peoples to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which in Article 14 states that “Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.”

The right of indigenous peoples to education is also protected by a number of other international human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for ensuring equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.

In spite of these instruments, the right to education has not been fully realized for most indigenous peoples, and a critical education gap exists between indigenous peoples and the general population.

Where data exist, they show consistent and persistent disparities between the indigenous and the non-indigenous population in terms of educational access, retention and achievement, in all regions of the world.

The education sector not only mirrors the historical abuses, discrimination and marginalization suffered by indigenous peoples, but also reflects their continued struggle for equality and respect for their rights as peoples and as individuals.

The Maria Sanchez Show will be joining with you to commemorate International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. We’ll also be talking about pressing social issues like this one on Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Join us on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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