From indigenous education to indigenising mainstream education

  • Kajsa Kemi Gjerpe Centre for Sami Studies, UiT the Arctic University of Norway


The purpose of this article is to discuss the concept of “indigenous education” in Norway and Aotearoa New Zealand. The point of departure is that both states face a common challenge with regard to indigenous education: Valuable resources are used on indigenous schools, but the majority of indigenous students attend mainstream schools. The article claims that the emphasis on indigenous schools has been necessary and important as part of the indigenous political movement. Nevertheless, in order to achieve culturally appropriate education for all indigenous pupils, this article argues that there is a need to indigenise mainstream education.

How to Cite
Gjerpe, K. (2018). From indigenous education to indigenising mainstream education. FLEKS - Scandinavian Journal of Intercultural Theory and Practice, 5(1).