Teachers and indigenous families continue to be the main promoters of the preservation and development of the languages of the indigenous peoples of Mexico. However, the commitment of the indigenous educators and the families of the communities have not prevented the weakening of the great cultural heritage that are the indigenous languages, mainly because the other actors, mainly educational authorities, have been unable to assume their responsibilities. As a result, of the 68 languages spoken in the country, 31 are at risk of disappearing, according to statements made by Juan Gregorio Regino, General Director of the National Institute of Indigenous Languages.
The SNTE assumes its commitment to continue supporting the indigenous teaching workers, so they can continue their transcendental task in favor of the identity and the educational rights of children and indigenous peoples, as a consequence and with the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day of the Mother Tongue, urges the federal and local educational authorities, so that within the scope of their competence they attend to the proposals and demands that have been presented to them as a result of the sessions of the National and State Parliaments of the Indigenous Teachers and that we summarize here:
1.- Formulate an adequate curriculum for indigenous education because it is insufficient with one subject to address the right of indigenous children to receive education in their own language, regardless of where they are;
2.- Address the lag in: construction, equipment and maintenance of classrooms;
3.- Provide opportunity, adequacy and books and educational materials in the corresponding languages;
For Education at the Service of the People