WIPCE Background and Rationale

An estimated 370 million Indigenous peoples live in all continents of the earth and represent a significant part of the world’s vast cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage.

Indigenous peoples possess unique knowledge systems, which are recognised as crucial for sustainable development. At the same time, social, economic and political marginalisation of Indigenous peoples is pervasive in all the regions across the world.

Indigenous peoples face great challenges when attempting to reconcile our own forms of culturally transmitted learning with systems of formal education.

Over the past 3 decades, WIPCE has endeavoured to address these challenges and has grown to become a major international event in the Indigenous education movement.

WIPCE conferences draw Indigenous representatives from across the globe to share successes and strategies for culturally grounded education. WIPCE is now the largest and most diverse Indigenous education forum on earth.


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