UNICEF Call to Action - Indigenous communities and the right to education in times of COVID-19

Latin America and the Caribbean

Niño indígena mirando a la cámara


In the midst of the pandemic, whose consequences are seriously affecting indigenous children and adolescents, UNICEF makes a CALL TO ACTION for the governments of the region to concentrate their efforts on strengthening Intercultural Bilingual Education primary and secondary programs and prioritize the safe return of indigenous children and adolescents to their schools, with support and acceleration programs, as well as health, food and protection services.

Additionally, it is urgent to increase investments and implementation of information and monitoring and evaluation systems; training of teachers who speak native languages; investment in distance education with quality, cultural relevance and access to digital connectivity and equipment, the participation of native peoples; as well as alliances and south-south cooperation.

Young indigenous mother play with her children while grandmother smiles

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