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United Nations marks International Day of Indigenous Peoples with call to promote their right to education

August 09, 2016
Descendance, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre of Australia, performs at a cultural events at UN Headquarters. UN Photograph by Mark Garten

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is commemorated annually on the 9th August, in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva in 1982.

This year, the International Day of the World’s indigenous Peoples is devoted to Indigenous Peoples’ right to educations, given the persistent gaps between indigenous and non-indigenous students in terms of access to educations, school retention and graduations rates in all regions of the world.

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries around the world. Practicing unique traditions, they retain social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live.

Experts recommend efforts to ensure that indigenous peoples have access to education that is culturally and linguistically appropriate, with special priority given to indigenous women and girls as well as second-chance, vocational training and adult literacy programmes.

For more information on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, please see http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/