Last Wednesday, 19 of September OIDEL participated in the Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples. You can find the report of the special report in the following link. Here you have the oral declaration of OIDEL to recall the importance of education as a cultural right to guarantee the rights of indigenous people.
“Thank you, Mr. vice-president,
First of all, we want to thank and support the special rapporteur Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz for her report. OIDEL considers that this compilation of complaints and violations against human rights is necessary to start improving the situation of indigenous peoples.
One right we miss among the human rights violations compilation against indigenous peoples is the right to education. Article 5 of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity says, “All persons are entitled to quality education and training that fully respect their cultural identity ». Inclusion in education is a matter of quality and respect of identities, and thus inclusion of all members of the political community, including all the identities such as national minorities or indigenous peoples.
Emmanuel Kant said that “Man can become Man only through education”. Indeed, when we talk about education, we are in the field of the right of “Being”, in the field of identity, and not only in the field of the right “to possess” cultural rights. That is why Faure (1972) and Delors (1996) insist on education as “learning to be”.
Article 14 of the Declaration of Indigenous peoples 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 holistic vision of the right to education is essential for indigenous peoples as it guarantees their right “to be” and the right “to be” of their children. I am afraid that many violations against the right of indigenous peoples to establish and control their educational institutions are taking place. This right is essential in order to guarantee that their culture, traditions and language are respected and learned. I would like to ask the special rapporteur to take into consideration this dimension and maybe consider it for the next report.”