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China Steps Up Assimilation of Ethnic Minorities by Banning Languages in Schools

After experiments aimed at assimilating ethnic minorities in Tibet, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang, the Chinese government now is moving to apply its cultural assimilation policy for managing all minority populations by eliminating classroom instruction in native languages.

Late last month, Beijing released an updated blueprint for childhood development that removed a guarantee of the rights of minority children to be educated in their native language.

The new China National Program for Child Development (2021-2030), released on September 27, omitted previous directives such as “respect and protect the rights of children of ethnic minorities to be educated in their own language.”

Authorities changed the wording to “promoting the common national language.” The result is that children who belong to ethnic minorities likely will be taught to read and write Mandarin Chinese, instead of their native language in the classroom.

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