Mother Tongue Absent in Thousands of Classrooms

by: Haider Rizvi

Courtesy: Wichaar.com, July 17th, 2009

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 16 (IPS) – Millions of children across the world fail to receive a basic education not only because they are born into poverty, but because local authorities do not allow them to read and write in their native language at school. According to a study released Thursday by a London-based rights advocacy group, more than 100 million children in the world are out of school, and most – estimated between 50 and 70 percent – are minorities or indigenous peoples. In “The State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009”, prepared in collaboration with the U.N.’s children agency UNICEF, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) details how minority and indigenous children have been systematically excluded, discriminated against, or are too poor to afford an education.

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Bhagat Kanwar

SINDH : Ruk Station and Bhaggat Kanwar are synonyms. The place where this legend and icon of religious harmony of Ahansa and peace was murdered 1939. On Tuesday, 16th Feb, 2009 at 5 PM the Chairperson Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, HRCP, Asma Jahangir is coming to Ruk station to pay him tribute. A candle light vigil, sufi music and sufi whirl has been arranged. Organisers; Munir Memon (The Democrats), Yousif Sindhi (Sindhi Adabi Sangat), Bhadur Rind( Qazi Faiz Mohammed Foundation)

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, Thu, February 11, 2010