[MLE] 2008 Education for All Global Monitoring Report.doc

Dear MLE friends,
I think it is for the first time that the AFA monitoring report has a section on MLE. Also India is mentioned in it. The relevant section is attached. See below.


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

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  • In India, where hundred of languages are spoken, twenty-two are listed in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution. India’s National Curriculum Framework for School Education, published in 2005, strongly upholds the principle of mother tongue instruction, but the main debate revolves around the choices of regional languages and English. The state of Andhra Pradesh started the process of introducing instruction in eight tribal languages in 2003, with scripting and analysis of the languages.

From: Dave Pearson [mailto:dave_pearson@sil.org]
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2007 11:28 PM
To: Dave Pearson
Subject: 2008 Education for All Global Monitoring Report.doc

Dear Colleagues,

Each year a report is written assessing progress towards achieving the Education for All (EFA) goals. The 2008 EFA Global Monitoring Report was released last week. One of the recommendations to improve the quality of education is "recognize the importance of mother tongue instruction in early childhood and the first years of primary school". A section from the report regarding "Promoting bilingual and multilingual education" is attached. The full report, or sections of it, in several languages may be downloaded from http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php-URL_ID=49591&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html.

Dave Pearson
Office for International Relations