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.