Awareness and Education
Lelewal also carry out awareness programs on education particularly adult literacy for indigenous leaders who can read nor write. The organization has supported around twenty indigenous leaders in getting basic education. The organization has been supporting indigenous Mbororo and Baka children particularly the girl child in primary schools, by distributing school materials at the beginning of every school and also paying school fees for some of them.
Despite the increasing demand for assistance of vulnerable children of indigenous peoples, the organization was able to support One hundred and fifty of them since 2015. The reason being the vast scope of work and limited resources making it difficult for the organization to satisfy all demands. The organization intends to continue this activity in the future programs and wishes to reach more children.
Efforts should be made to ensure that indigenous peoples have access to education that is culturally and
linguistically appropriate and that does not aim at or result in unwanted assimilation.
Instruction in the mother-tongue language is recommended for indigenous children, youth and adults.
Where indigenous language is not the mother language (i.e. where the language is not being transmitted),
language revitalization programmes should be integrated into the education system.
The educational attainment of indigenous women and girls often lags behind that of other segments of the
population. Special priority must be given to ensuring that indigenous women and girls have access to and
benefit from education.
Second chance, vocational training and adult literacy education programmes are an important element of
inclusive education with many long-lasting benefits for indigenous peoples.
The right of indigenous peoples to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples, which in Article 14 states that “Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their
educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to
their cultural methods of teaching and learning.”