(PRESS RELEASE) — Over 200 experts, traditional educators, government representatives and academics from Latin America will meet in Santiago de Chile (Hotel Galerías, San Antonio 65) on March 14 and 15, 2019 to share innovative experiences on interculturality and the development of indigenous knowledge as strategies for improving education and social inclusion.
The international seminar “Indigenous knowledge in education policies in Latin America: Experiences for revitalizing indigenous languages and cultures” is organized by UNESCO and has the support of the Chilean Ministry of Education’s Intercultural Bilingual Education Program (PEIB).
UNESCO kicks off the International Year of Indigenous Languages in Chile with this event. It will feature the presentation of the second UNESCO report Indigenouvs knowledge and education policies in Latin America: Towards an epistemic dialogue, which contains the results of research conducted in six Latin American countries (Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru) on the integration of indigenous knowledge, interculturalism and multilingualism in education policies.
The seminar is part of UNESCO’s efforts to promote interculturality from a comprehensive, human rights approach based on the global objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 goals for transforming our world. In the sphere of education, this involves making progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4-Education 2030, which aims to ensure inclusive, and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Over the course of two days, the participants will identify key elements for developing policy options to revitalize and develop the languages and cultures of indigenous peoples in Latin American education systems.