UN report: Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – Indigenous children on the sidelines of society
Source: UN – Report of the Secretary-General
Co-drafted by UNICEF and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on behalf of the Secretary-General and presented annually to the Third Committee by UNICEF at UN headquarters in New York.
Media Release excerpt:
“Indigenous children face extreme forms of exclusion and discrimination and are often deprived of access to education, health services, birth registration and social protection, UNICEF said today in a report presented to the United Nations.
Indigenous peoples constitute 15 per cent of the world’s poor and one-third of the world’s extremely poor rural people. Politically vulnerable, indigenous peoples are subject to displacement and migration whether being forcibly removed from ancestral land or having to leave because of environmental degradation or the loss of traditional livelihoods.
Children in indigenous communities are at the core of UNICEF’s equity agenda as they are often disadvantaged and disenfranchised from progress in health, education and protection.
Deprived of access to services available to non-indigenous children, indigenous children face numerous challenges from disabilities, HIV and AIDS and gender-based issues.
Many indigenous children are not in school due to the distance to the nearest school, the lack of bilingual instruction or a lack of consistency between the school calendar and seasonal employment typical of farming or hunter-gathering and pastoral occupations.
When in school, indigenous children are subject to language discrimination, low literacy rates, low enrolment, high dropout rates and disparities in national academic achievements.
As disaggregated statistics on indigenous children are not readily available, the report calls for better monitoring that should ultimately would lead to better access to basic services…