Saturday, December 16, 2006

[MLE] FW: [se-ed] FOR INFO: Educaton Community Update 2

Dear MLE interest group,
In the past I have forwarded things from the below mentioned Solution Exchange discussion portal. But since then many more people joined the MLE interest list. Hence I forward an update again.

The website says : "Solution Exchange is a UN initiative for development practitioners in India. For more information, please visit www.solutionexchange-un.net.in". Even though the focus is much wider then MLE and think you would enjoy following the discussions. In fact several of you are already participating in the discussions!

[MLE] FW: AILA 2008 Newsletter 2006-11 (Keynotes / Call for Papers)


Dear Interest group,
An other conference of interest.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

[MLE]"What's Wrong With Our Teaching?"

Dear MLE Interest Group,
India Today had recently some interesting topics on education in India. In October there was a rather critical report on SSA. Last week they had an item on education in the metros. Even though it does not touch on language I think many of you would be interested in the report on which this article was based.  You can download it from http://www.indiatodaygroup.com/itoday/20061127/  

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Monday, November 6, 2006

[MLE] An overview of Multi Lingual Education in India


Dear MLE Interest group,
Some of you have asked for an overview of what is going on in India regarding MLE. The below is a document that was compiled for the Unesco international head quarters.

[MLE] FW: Sheldon's articles in the Bangkok Post on minority languages

Dear MLE interest group,
Sheldon Shaeffer was one of the key-note speakers at the Mysore MLE workshop in October 06. He is Director of Unesco Asia and Pacific. He wrote the attached clear and appealing article for the Bangkok post. Even though focussed on Thailand the content is very relevant to India too.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

[MLE] UNESCO's Task Force on Languages and Multilingualism


Dear Interest group,
It seems the interest in MLE from the international community is still on the rise. Read below about a new task force set up within UNESCO on Languages and Multilingualism. The official Unesco info on that you can find on

Friday, October 20, 2006

[MLE] Progress report: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Dear MLE Interest group,
Several of you are involved in advocacy for indigenous people groups. In such cases it is nice to have the back-up of international high level documents.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

[MLE] Indian row over English teaching (2)

Dear MLE Interest group,
Prof Rajesh Sachdeva of Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL)
informed us below of the CIIL response to this discussion.

Friday, October 13, 2006

[MLE] Indian row over English teaching

Dear MLE interest group,
For those of you who do not have an Indian newspaper you might not be aware
of this interesting controversy in Karnataka, one of the southern states in
India.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

[MLE] Google launches literacy portal

Dear Interest group,
For those who like browsing, Google launched a literacy portal. It is easy to take look: www.google.com/literacy.

[MLE] "Interfaces in Multilingualism" (book)

Dear MLE Interest group,
The more scholarly folks among us might be interested in the below
announcement of a Research Center on Multilingualism at the Univeristy of
Hamburg. Look at the details at
http://linguistlist.org/issues/10/10-748.html
The folks of that instutute wrote a book "Interfaces in Multilingualism"
which is discussed below.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

[MLE] id21EducationNews 42; FOCUS ON: Mother tongue education

Dear MLE interest group.,
id21EducationNews is a free electronic newsletter. You can  read more about this newsletter at the bottom of the text.

The below issue is totally focussed on MLE which means it contains about 10 short articles about the topic. Some of these articles have been distributed to you through this mailing list in other occasions.

The newsletter gives only a brief abstract of the papers. To actually get the paper you have to send an e-mail or click on the given link below the abstract.

Monday, October 2, 2006

[MLE] FW: India: two messages

Dear Interest group,
I suppose most of you have been following the discussions in Karnataka on
the issue of medium of instruction. Just in case you missed it, below are
two brief articles on the issue.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

[MLE] [Literacy] Global Literacy, Build Free Societies Through Literacy

Dear MLE Interest group,
From the below I understand that India will be represented at a consultation
on literacy organised by the first lady of the US. Read on if you want more
details.

Monday, September 25, 2006

[MLE] FW: Primary education in India

Dear MLE Interest Group,
Attached is some background reading.

Primary Education in India
Prospects of Meeting the MDG Target
Sonia Bhalotra and Bernarda Zamora

A quote from the conclusion:

Putting the fairly positive results for attendance together with the worrying results for
completion rates serves to highlight the importance of late entry and dropout. It
suggests that the causes of late entry and dropout are not to be found amongst
variables conventionally analysed – such as household wealth, distance to school or
maternal education. This is an area that merits further exploration.

[MLE] FW: Primary education in India

Dear MLE Interest Group,
Attached is some background reading.

Primary Education in India
Prospects of Meeting the MDG Target
Sonia Bhalotra and Bernarda Zamora

A quote from the conclusion:

Putting the fairly positive results for attendance together with the worrying results for
completion rates serves to highlight the importance of late entry and dropout. It
suggests that the causes of late entry and dropout are not to be found amongst
variables conventionally analysed – such as household wealth, distance to school or
maternal education. This is an area that merits further exploration.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

[MLE] Kerala Second Language Acquisition program

Dear MLE-Interest group,
Several of you have expressed the need for more India-based programmes, research and documentation. Attached is an interesting article on a programme in Kerala. I have not yet been able to find out who the author of this article is. Does anybody know? Anyway, good to see this good piece of documentation!

Monday, September 11, 2006

[MLE] id21 insights: Mother tongue first

Dear MLE interest group.
On the below mentioned publication has and India related contribution in it from Shireen Vatil Miller, Safe the Children India and Dhir Jingran. Also the other articles seem worth reading!

Monday, September 4, 2006

[EFA] UNESCO World Reports

Dear Interest group,
Some of you might like to know what UNESCO’s present thinking is on language related issues. See below.

Friday, September 1, 2006

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

[MLE] Book review "Language Planning and Education"

Dear Interest group,
This book might be of interest to you. I have heard at least one person mentioning that it is very good.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

[MLE] Forum on Multilingual Literacy

Dear MLE Interest group,
Several of you will probably enjoy joining the below mentioned forum. Let the Indian voice be heard!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

[MLE] Report of MLE Workshop now online

Dear MLE-interest group,
At the below mentioned workshop two people from India were present:
·         Dr. Mahendra K. Mishra, Government Orissa
·         Mr. Nasiruddin Khan, NCERT, Language Dept
You might like to take note of the recommendations that came out of this workshop.

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

[MLE] Survival International cartoon strip on the impact of sustainable development on indigenous communities

Dear Interest group,
This time something more light (for those with a good internet connection): a cartoon on how outsiders can damage tribal communities. Though the format is light, the content is challenging!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

[MLE] Education for All Global Action Plan: improving support to countries in achieving the EFA Goals

Dear Interest group,
Below a few language related quotes from the EFA Global Action Plan. The plan itself you can download from the internet.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Saturday, July 8, 2006

Thursday, June 29, 2006

[MLE] Recent UNESCO Publications on Literacy

Dear MLE interest group,
Several of you are somehow involved in literacy. Attached is an overview of
all literacy related UNESCO publications with their web-link.

[MLE] Good resource

Dear MLE Interest group,
Some of you have asked for case studies on Multi Lingual Education (MLE) in
non-western countries. Attached is a beautiful booklet on an African
example. It is titled: Universal Primary Education in Multilingual
Societies; Supporting its Implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.
I am sorry for the large file size. I hope you are all aware of the filter
option in Outlook and other e-mail programmes which can prevent you from
getting in these large message when inconvenient, but than allow you to
download them later while having a good connection.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

[MLE] UNESCO publication: "Training adult literacy educators in developing countries"

Dear MLE interest group,
The below publication is a bit wider, but might still be of interest to some of you. Particularly since it is free (from the net)

Friday, June 16, 2006

[MLE] Immersion Schools May Help Students

Dear MLE Interest group,
When I first met Prof Krishna Kumar, director NCERT, he asked me what has been done regarding the linguistic/educational challenges of the indigenous populations in Australia and US. The below is an interesting article regarding that issue on the US.

Thursday, June 8, 2006

[MLE] UNESCO's response to the Recommendations concerning Indigenous People

Dear MLE interest group,
In the attached report from UNESCO to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues the October seminar on Multi Lingual Education in India was mentioned (P6, see also below). The report is focussed on the Millennium Development Goals and indigenous peoples.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

[MLE] Advocacy booklet for policy makers / Susan Malone

Dear MLE interest group,
Most articles and documents written on Multi Lingual Education (MLE) are for a broad audience and policy makers will neglect it. Attached is one especially written for policy makers. May it be of help to some of you.

Friday, May 5, 2006

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

[MLE] Asia-Pacific EFA Mid-Decade assessment: Meeting Report Available online

Dear MLE friends,
UNESCO Bangkok has recently published a report on the latest Asia-Pacific EFA coordinators' meeting that took place in October 2005. The book is available online at http://www2.unescobkk.org/elib/publications/081/index.htm

Section 1.5 of the book is on language issues.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

[MLE] Consolidated Reply: Education of Tribal Children,from Social Mobilisation for Poverty Alleviation,Orissa (Experiences)


Dear Interest group,
Below is a relevant and interesting e-mail discussion in which some of you participated. Good to read that language is getting quite some attention in this discussion. Happy reading/participating!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

[Avian Flu] Shell book available

Dear MLE interest group,
Several of you have shown interest in the below mentioned opportunity. I
just learned that an NGO has produced the shell-book in the Vasavi language.
The Vasavi-Kholchi tribe lives right in the centre of the place in
Maharashtra where the disease broke out. 5000 copies were printed and are
now under distribution.
Is anybody aware of other initiatives?
The website reference in the below message was not so detailed. The
following link is more direct:
http://www.sil.org/literacy/materials/health/avian_flu/index.htm