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ERIC Number: ED329446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Nicaragua: Educational Policy for Ethnic Minorities.
Rippberger, Susan
Since taking power, the Sandinista government has made a commitment to educating all Nicaraguans. Under its direction, literacy increased from approximately 50 to 88 percent. Thousands of new teachers were hired, and the number of elementary schools doubled. The official language is Spanish, and the dominant culture, Mestizo (mixed Spanish and Indian). In Nicaragua's coastal Caribbean Region there are several ethnic Indian groups, among which are the Miskito and Sumo, who maintain their own language and unique way of life. The indigenous population has resisted immersion into the national culture, and the use of Spanish as the language of instruction. As a result, the government has made an effort to accommodate their specific educational needs. Native Miskitos and Sumos are trained as instructors to teach in their own area in the native language. Materials have been specially prepared to reflect the Indian language and culture in an effort to make education more relevant. A 14-item bibliography and two maps are included. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nicaragua