JOPOL 3(2020)

Intercultural Bilingual Education in Latin America: Impact on the Promotion of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

In developing countries with a large number of indigenous populations, the question of multilingualism acquires a special importance and goes well beyond cultural, linguistic,and educational features, constituting a comprehensive socio-political phenomenon. In Latin America,the question of multilingualism in education and literacy has acquired a strong human rights component and has considerably influenced the global struggle for the rights of autochthonous peoples, contributing to the recognition of diversity as a democratic, pluralistic value. This debate was taken up within global international organizations whose mandate is to protect the cultural, social,and political rights of autochthonous peoples.

Keywords: multilingualism, education, indigenous, Latin America, human rights