The Ombudsman’s Office files a formal complaint with the Ministry of Education for discrimination in state schools

After an inspection and accompaniment in public schools in the country, the Ombudsman’s Office opened an ex officio complaint before the Ministry of Education, for acts of discrimination within three educational centers.

The Ombudsman’s Office reported that this Wednesday it received a visit from the Association of Afro-descendants and the Rastafari Community of Panama, who denounced that students belonging to these communities suffer from bullying and racial discrimination within official schools.

“The institutions must strengthen all measures to put an end to the discrimination that affects Afro-descendants, indigenous peoples, people living with HIV, migrants, refugees and the LGBTIQ+ community,” the authorities stated, revealing that during an inspection of a public school an official of the entity was verbally and physically assaulted by the school’s director.

According to the Ombudsman, although the role of institutions is important, from our homes we must teach children to combat discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance and hatred.

They recalled that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, without any distinction.

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