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The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - A Commentary edited by Hohmann, Jessie; Weller, Marc (22nd March 2018)

Part III Rights to Culture, Ch.13 Indigenous Education and the UNDRIP: Article 14

Lorie M Graham, Amy B Van Zyl-Chavarro

From: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Commentary

Edited By: Jessie Hohmann, Marc Weller

Subject(s):
Indigenous peoples — Self-determination — Right to non-discrimination — Right to education

This chapter discusses the right to education in Article 14. Article 14 takes on a special meaning and purpose in terms of repairing, restoring, and strengthening indigenous communities and cultures through education. These aims are to be achieved through linkages with other basic rights, such as the rights of self-determination, non-discrimination, and cultural and linguistic integrity. For instance, Article 14 provides for the right of indigenous peoples to develop and control educational systems that are consistent with their linguistic and cultural methods of teaching and learning. It also articulates a more general right of non-discriminatory access to all levels and forms of education within the State, thereby ensuring that indigenous pupils are placed on an equal footing with non-indigenous pupils. Moreover, it ensures that any action that a State takes with respect to the education of indigenous individuals is done in partnership with indigenous communities.

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