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23.06.2020 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Yalitza Aparicio participates in the launch of the 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report

On 23 June 2020, Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Peoples Yalitza Aparicio participated in the launch of the 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report “Inclusion and Education: All Means All”

Established by UNESCO in 2002, The Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM) assesses progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4) on education, and implementation of national and international strategies of all relevant partners. 

The Report is launched in many countries, receiving significant press coverage and garnering visibility in specialist journals and social media. The 2020 GEM Report had a particular focus on inclusion in education, drawing attention to all those excluded from education because of background or ability. 

In the Report’s foreword, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay stressed the following: “Even before Covid-19, one in five children, adolescents and youth were entirely excluded from education. To rise to the challenges of our time, a move towards more inclusive education is non-negotiable – failure to act is not an option”.

Yalitza Aparicio, best Oscar Actress-nominee and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Peoples, lent her voice to the launch of the 2020 GEM Report, calling on education systems to better welcome indigenous learners. “Indigenous communities speak the overwhelming majority of our world’s 7000 languages. We bring a rich culture and deep history to any learning environment. Yet, I also know, we sometimes have to fight against discrimination to feel welcome in education.” She continued to shine a light on the way curriculums and lack of linguistic diversity excludes indigenous learners from progressing. “I am asking for countries to take a hard look at their education policies and make sure that they reflect the diversity of our multicultural societies.” She concluded, saying “All children deserve a decent and inclusive future.”

As the first indigenous Mexican woman to be nominee to an Oscar and as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, she has used her voice and platform to raise awareness of gender equality, indigenous rights, the rights of domestic workers, and linguistic diversity. 

Watch the 2020 GEM Report Launch here

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