Cette conférence internationale organisée conjointement par SOGIP et le Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples (Tromsø, Norvège) vise à présenter les enjeux que représentent les questions d’éducation pour les autochtones.
Education, Learning and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights : What knowledge, skills and languages for sustainable livelihoods ?
Tromsø 2-4 April 2014
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The project SOGIP – Scales of Governance : The UN, the States and Indigenous Peoples (Paris, France) and the Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples (FDCIP) (Tromsø, Norway) are jointly organizing an international conference : Education, Learning and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights : What knowledge, skills, and languages for sustainable livelihoods ? that will explore the role education plays in Indigenous peoples’ efforts : to achieve political recognition ; to uphold their rights ; to continue to practice their culture and speak their own languages ; to maintain their specialized systems of knowledge and skills and to access economic resources necessary for survival.
Indigenous peoples around the world struggle to find their place and voice within educational systems designed by and for dominant populations. The Right to education is guaranteed in numerous international mechanisms, and Education for All is an international goal and a primary focus of development organizations. However, for indigenous peoples, formal education has historically been associated with a loss of language, culture, and traditional knowledge – coupled with low success rates within such education systems. Indigenous languages very rarely are languages of education, and indigenous ways of knowing and doing are generally nor valued, leading both to difficulties for indigenous students, as well as loss of these knowledge systems and ways of understanding the world.
Although there are serious problems, Indigenous peoples are not only educational “victims” – but are also designing their own educational approaches, and producing knowledge about themselves. In the academic field we are witnessing the establishment of indigenous research institutions, indigenous programs and centers, and integration of indigenous themes in research and education. We are also seeing the establishment of community-based learning centers and other approaches to education that build upon the home languages and culture, while providing access to “mainstream” skills necessary to participate in the wider political, economic and social arenas.
What kind of approach will best facilitate positive outcomes for indigenous peoples – not only in terms of educational success, but also economic opportunity, cultural and linguistic maintenance, relationships within the community and with other parts of society, and their ability to advocate for their rights ? What can development partners and academics contribute ?
The organizers wish to reach out to participants from the fields of research and development cooperation, as well as to anyone with an interest in indigenous peoples and indigenous education. The conference will include various activities, including short presentations, roundtables, discussions, and poster presentations.
The Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples is a meeting place for researchers, development workers and Sámi organizations engaged in cooperation with indigenous peoples on a global level. By initiating important debates about policies and practice, the Forum seeks to improve the quality of Norway’s development co-operation with indigenous peoples globally. The Forum has arranged annual conferences since year 2000.
The project SOGIP (Scales of Governance : The UN, the States and Indigenous Peoples), funded by the European Research Council (ERC 249236), conducts a comparative study on the implementation of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other indigenous rights mechanisms in several countries on five continents. The SOGIP workshop series consists of four conferences on various aspects of indigenous rights. The Tromsø meeting will be the third one in this series.
Supporting partner :
The research group Komparative Urfolksforskning – Research Group on Comparative Indigeneity (KURF) is an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Tromsø whose main goal is to provide a forum for scholars, students, and community members with interest in indigenous peoples to engage in a productive academic dialogue, and share research ideas and findings.
DAY 1-THEME : REFLECTIONS ON INDIGENOUS EDUCATION-Wednesday 2 April 2014
The first day will focus on defining the fundamental issues and questions around indigenous education. The keynote speaker will introduce the issue from the global perspective of the global indigenous rights movement. The following three sessions will delve deeper into the complex challenges of indigenous education, referring both to cross-cutting global issues and describing specific local cases as illustration.
DAY 2-THEME : EDUCATIONAL MODELS – IDEALS IN PRACTICE-Thursday 3 April 2014
The focus of this day will be on presenting various models that seek to address the educational problems that indigenous individuals and communities face. There are many different approaches, with different priorities, and many different ‘stakeholders’ (indigenous communities and individuals, local / international NGOs / development organizations, states, donors) involved. The cases presented will explore relations between these various actors, and will provide examples of how the issues discussed on day one are playing out in various settings. What kind of development cooperation is needed to support indigenous education efforts ?
DAY 3-THEME : EDUCATION AS A THE « KEY TO THE FUTURE »-BUT WHAT FUTURE ?-Friday 4 April 2014
The focus of this day will be on how to move forward, considering the issues presented on the first day, and the practical cases and efforts described on day two. Beginning with a panel on higher education and indigenous peoples, links will be made between the broader questions of what education means for indigenous peoples, the practical challenges of addressing indigenous education needs, and broader social, political, environmental, economic and cultural consideration – and what this means for development cooperation with indigenous peoples.
MORE INFORMATION AND PROGRAM : http://site.uit.no/urfolksforum/fdcip-preliminary-program-2014/