Mainstream Education System Failing Aboriginals

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 15:04



A spokesperson for the National Indigenous Literacy Association says the mainstream system has often failed Aboriginal learners, so they need programs designed specifically for them.


Priscilla George, who was speaking at the University of Saskatchewan yesterday, has been an educator for over 35 years.


She says there are a variety of ways to help Aboriginal learners — from not penalizing them if they miss some time, to putting up motivation posters that are culturally-relevant.


George says Aboriginal literacy organizations have success, but face obstacles because they are chronically underfunded and often lose their best people to higher-paying jobs.