2016 Theme: Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Education

WIP-logoThis year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August) 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.

“We will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals if we fail to address the educational needs of indigenous peoples.”
— Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon


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