Aboriginal Rights: To Education

Regardless of who you are and where you live in the world, whatever your age, sex or ethnicity, you have the right to education, and governments have an important responsibility in making it happen, to provide equality of education opportunity to all their citizens.

Education is the center of human development and the core of all opportunities. Having access to education can provide a lifetime of opportunities in the lives of the youth, it can also provide a good and healthy life for him/her in the long run. So it is no dought that education is a fundamental human right. Education gives us the important start in life so it must be accessible and appropriate without discrimination for the youth.

Despite the true importance of education, Indigenous people across the globe continue to be the least privileged group. Today’s society ignores their true importance as a whole and gives them very few opportunities. Besides being constantly ignored, they feel society has turned them down in a way that is truly undeserving and unfair.

Statistics show that about 50% of Aboriginal children drop out before reaching grade 12. The fact that more than half of the Aboriginal population have no access to education should be a concern to everyone around the world, that this is unfair towards them but that our governments aren’t doing the necessary to provide a safe learning environment for the Indigenous people of the world. Their voices aren’t being heard but instead ignored, and that is a constant problem in our society.

But though Aboriginal children struggle at school, because of their learning disabilities and the lack of motivation that today’s education does not teach in depth about their culture and history, Aboriginal children must be included and feel included.

A major problem is that Aboriginal children who are attending on-reserved schools are denied access to the same standard and quality of education as primary and secondary education programs, and youth services that are available at school. On top of that, teachers are not getting the same salary as other schools in the district, resulting in poorer education for the students, and also they don’t have enough money to pay for good quality desks, chairs, chalkboards, and heating. So for many of the schools, students have to spend their day learning in a cold environment.

Provincial school systems are different compared to the reserve school systems, making it very hard for Aboriginals to adapt. What they need is the support of provincial schools. They also feel discriminated by their ethnicity and by racist and stereotypical comments.

In the end, there is no question that the Indigenous people of the world suffer a lot. Having to adapt, learn and survive a new world that was once theirs, truly is unfair and should be fixed. There are several organizations providing a lot of money to strengthen the education board for Aboriginal children, which is great but, more needs to be done in order to make it a safe and equal learning environment for them.

So as education is a primary right to all citizens, everyone should be treated the same and have the same rights regardless of their sex, race and who they are. Education, as mentioned, is a primary start in a child’s life, so it should be available to everyone. And for all the Indigenous people out there, they will always be apart of our lives and they should be respected as for their culture and history.


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Benjamin Lessard

Benjamin Lessard is a young Canadian writer and photographer on a mission to travel the world - Sharing his life's greatest moments, adventures, stories and pictures, he hopes to inspire and educate the world of our beautiful planet and what lies beyond it.

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