State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009
Education for all is a goal that has been reaffirmed by states the world over many times in the last decade. It is meant to be achieved by 2015. But as this book clearly shows, a quality education is not reaching the world’s most vulnerable communities: minorities and indigenous peoples.
In Central Africa, the great majority of indigenous Batwa and Baka have not had access even to primary education. In South Asia, Dalit girls are prevented from pursuing their education not just because of poverty, but through discrimination and sexual violence. In many countries in Europe, Roma children continue to be placed in segregated classes or in special schools for those with learning disabilities, just because of their ethnicity. In Latin America, millions of indigenous and African descendant children, instead of being in school, work in fields and plantations, in the mines, or at home.
In a unique collaboration with UNICEF, Minority Rights Group International reports on what minority and indigenous children around the world face in their struggle to learn. State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009 profiles the programmes that are being developed to help them – from better bilingual education to meeting the needs of nomadic populations – giving examples of what works and why. It describes efforts to overcome exclusion so that education is available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable for minorities and indigenous peoples, and shows how far there is still to go.
- An analysis of available statistics that show that minorities and indigenous peoples are the most likely to suffer discrimination and exclusion in education worldwide.
- First-hand accounts of the difficulties and challenges facing minority and indigenous children in every major world region.
- Coverage of the key issues for promoting the right to education, including overcoming the double discrimination faced by minority and indigenous girls, the need to collect data by ethnicity, and the importance of bilingual or plurilingual education.
- A unique statistical analysis and ranking of Peoples under Threat 2009.
State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples is an invaluable reference for policy makers, academics, journalists and everyone who is interested in the conditions facing minorities and indigenous peoples around the world.
- Download: Online exclusive: Disparities in primary and secondary school attendance
- Download: Online Exclusive: Indigenous Languages: a view from UNICEF
- Download: Online exclusive: The Sociolinguistic Atlas of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America
- Download: Online exclusive: Adult literacy, vocational and tertiary education
- Download: Online exclusive: Harnessing indigenous knowledge in childrearing
- Download: Full text
- Download: Foreword
- Download: A world of discrimination
- Download: Overcoming exclusion in education
- Download: Case Study: Challenges in policy and practice: pastoralists and nomadic peoples
- Download: Fulfilling the right to education for minority and indigenous children
- Download: The importance of ethnic data for promoting the right to education
- Download: Case Study: using racial data to improve education for minority children in the USA
- Download: The gender dimension of minority and indigenous education
- Download: A positively plurilingual world: promoting mother tongue education
- Download: Africa
- Download: Americas
- Download: Asia
- Download: Europe
- Download: Middle East