Wednesday, October 11, 2006

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

Dear MLE interest group.,
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Happy reading.
Regards,
Karsten

Karsten van Riezen
Education Consultant, SIL Int.
Director
SIL, South Asia Group.

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*** id21EducationNews Number 42, October 2006 ***

FOCUS ON: Mother tongue education

id21 insights education 5, September 2006
'Mother tongue first: Children's right to learn in their own languages'

Both online and PDF versions are available at
http://www.id21.org/insights/insights-ed05/index.html

* Mother tongue first: Children's right to learn in their own languages
* Linguistic genocide? Children's right to education in their own
languages
* Gender, language and inclusion
* Revitalising indigenous languages
* Bolivia revolutionises bilingual education
* Policy and practice in Viet Nam
* Bridging languages in education
* Mother tongue and bilingual education
* Mother tongue education is cost-effective
* Linguistic diversity and policy in India

OTHER NEWS: * Subscribe free to id21 insights education * New id21
education highlights: Financing education, HIV and education, Teachers *
id21 classic highlights * Getting Girls Out of Work and Into School *
Guidebook for planning education in emergencies and reconstruction *
Learning Divides: Performance and Equity of Schools and Schooling
Systems

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RECENT RESEARCH

Mother tongue first: Children's right to learn in their own languages

Education is power and language is the key to accessing that power. A
child who thrives at school and develops self-esteem and pride will have
better employment opportunities and is more likely to realise his or her
potential.

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Linguistic genocide? Children's right to education in their own language

We are killing languages faster than ever. By 2100, between 90 and 95
percent of today's approximately 7,000 spoken languages may be extinct
or no longer learned by children.

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Gender, language and inclusion

Schooling designed for dominant groups excludes other learners. Girls
are particularly vulnerable because of their home responsibilities and
the unsupportive attitudes of families and teachers.

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Revitalising indigenous languages

Over the past 30 years there has been a blossoming of education
approaches for and by indigenous peoples. Where there are bilingual and
intercultural or multicultural programmes for indigenous peoples, as in
Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, indigenous students have achieved
higher performance and attendance rates.

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Bolivia revolutionises bilingual education

Intercultural and Bilingual Education supports the rights of indigenous
school children to be taught in their own languages.

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Policy and practice in Viet Nam

The government of Viet Nam recognises 54 minority ethnic groups and
languages. It expresses strong commitment to the development of its
ethnic minority communities, about 13 percent of the population, which,
however, have missed out on Viet Nam's dramatic economic growth.

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Bridging languages in education

International awareness of the importance of Education for All has
grown. Yet, the only schooling available in many non-dominant language
communities uses a language students do not understand or speak to teach
concepts that have very little to do with their way of life.

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Mother tongue and bilingual education

Language education in Africa seldom provides a solid foundation for
literacy and numeracy development. Instead of learning in a familiar
language, pupils learn through an international language before they
know it well enough.

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Mother tongue education is cost-effective

Policymakers are often reluctant to support mother tongue as a medium of
instruction in schools, arguing it is too expensive. Yet the savings can
be significant.

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Linguistic diversity and policy in India

India is a mosaic of linguistic diversity. None of its 1,600 languages,
grouped somewhat arbitrarily into 114, has a clear majority. Yet
children often start school in a language that is not their mother
tongue.

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OTHER NEWS
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Mother tongue first: Children's right to learn in their own languages
id21 insights education 5, September 2006

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New id21 education highlights
Financing Education (PDF)
http://www.id21.org/publications/Financing%20_edn3-3rd.pdf
HIV and Education (PDF)
http://www.id21.org/publications/HIV_edn_3-2nd.pdf
Teachers (PDF) http://www.id21.org/publications/Teachers_3-2nd.pdf

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id21 classic highlights

id21 are summarising some of the best international development research
published in the last 50 years. Which classics would you like to see
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Getting Girls Out of Work and Into School (PDF)
This policy brief from UNESCO Bangkok summarises the causes and
consequences of girls' child labour on their educational opportunities
and describes some of the instruments and strategies in place to reduce
girls' labour.
http://www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/appeal/gender/pdf/girls.p
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Guidebook for planning education in emergencies and reconstruction
This publication from UNESCO IIEP is designed as a practical tool to
allow education ministry staff and other stakeholders to respond quickly
to crises.
http://www.unesco.org/iiep/eng/focus/emergency/guidebook.htm

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Learning Divides: Ten Policy Questions about the Performance and Equity
of Schools and Schooling Systems
How is it best to design effective policies that raise the quality of
learning while reducing disparities among students? A new UIS report
demonstrates a useful analytical tool, representing the relationship
between student learning outcomes and socioeconomic status.
http://www.uis.unesco.org/ev_en.php?ID=6703_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC

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