2019, International Year of the Indigenous Languages International Day of the Mother Tongue

25 de Febrero de 2019 | Comunicación |

To over:
· 50 years of the institutionalization of indigenous education;
· 28 years since Mexico adopted Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization on the rights of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, as part of its legal regime;
· 17 years since the enactment of the amendment to Article 2 of the Constitution that recognizes indigenous peoples and their collective rights;
· 15 years since the enactment of the General Law on the Linguistic Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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;

4. Strengthen and expand the initial training of teachers in Bilingual Intercultural Education;
5.- Train and certify teachers in reading and writing indigenous languages ​​(legal obligation that has not been fulfilled since 2003);
6.- Make initial education compulsory, preserving the indigenous modality;
7.- Promote that the dependencies and entities of the federal and local levels comply with the General Law of Linguistic Rights of the Indigenous Peoples;
8.- Promote that the actions of the welfare policy attend the indigenous children so that they can access learning in good conditions.

For Education at the Service of the People


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