Nahuatl in public schools today

Iván Pedroza ipedrozar at
Wed Jan 13 22:21:35 UTC 2010

I believe that indigenous languages have been taught broadly since
Vasconcelos's educational missions. I have seen nahuatl basic textbooks for
children dating from Lázaro Cárdenas presidency. The Dirección General de
Educación Indígena (DGEI)  of the SEP is in charge of bilingual and
bicultural education in the primary level. Nahuatl is taught in bilingual
and bicultural schools in Tlaxcala, Puebla, Veracruz, Guerrero, Estado de
México, Distrito Federal, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí and Oaxaca. I ignore if
these schools exist in the small native nahuatl speaking communities in
Colima, Jalisco, Michoacan, Chiapas, Tabasco, Querétaro and Durango

The main statistics about bilingual-bicultural education can be found here:

Besides, nahuatl is taught in the public preparatorias that belong to the DF
Government, and I there are similar special programmes in the Intercultural
Universities in Veracruz and Puebla.

I hope you find this useful.

Iván Pedroza

2010/1/13 John F. Schwaller <schwallr at>

> Our good friend Ian Mursell has asked me if Nahuatl is being taught
> today in Mexican public schools.  I believe that it is, having seen some
> textbooks for kids, and believe that I know of at least one school, but
> can anyone else on the list add to this?
> I just came back from a two-week tour of archaeological sites in Mexico
> and saw one school in the Yucatan proudly announcing that it was
> bi-lingual in Spanish and Maya.
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