Friday, July 31, 2009

[MLE] Malaysia drops English and returns to mother tongue

Dear MLE friends,
Several states in India have decided to make English the medium of instruction at the schools. In the below articles you can read that Malaysia regretted that they made that choice 6 years ago because of a “2008 survey which found that students' performance in maths and science had fallen since it had been taught in English, and that rural children were hit particularly hard”.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

[MLE] New report: State of worlds minorities 2009

Dear MLE friends,
Lobbying on international level takes a lot of effort and time. It is good to note that in the recently released 'State of the World's Minorities 2009' MLE is getting prominent attention. The report is prepared by the Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in collaboration with UNICEF. The report has an entire chapter on MLE (attached).

[MLE] New report: State of worlds minorities 2009


Dear MLE friends,
Lobbying on international level takes a lot of effort and time. It is good to note that in the recently released 'State of the World's Minorities 2009' MLE is getting prominent attention. The report is prepared by the Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in collaboration with UNICEF. The report has an entire chapter on MLE (attached). Some more details (From Helen Pinnock of Save The Children UK) are below.
·       Links to the report: http://www.minorityrights.org/7948/state-of-the-worlds-minorities/state-of-the-worlds-minorities-and-indigenous-peoples-2009.html#links_and_downloads (For full report, click on "Full text" on the right hand column under "downloads".
·       A press release focusing on Language: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=47693
·       Article: Indigenous Languages: A View from UNICEF : http://www.minorityrights.org/download.php?id=664

Fwd: [MLE] New report: State of worlds minorities 2009


Dear MLE friends,
Lobbying on international level takes a lot of effort and time. It is good to note that in the recently released 'State of the World's Minorities 2009' MLE is getting prominent attention. The report is prepared by the Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in collaboration with UNICEF. The report has an entire chapter on MLE (attached). Some more details (From Helen Pinnock of Save The Children UK) are below.
·       Links to the report: http://www.minorityrights.org/7948/state-of-the-worlds-minorities/state-of-the-worlds-minorities-and-indigenous-peoples-2009.html#links_and_downloads (For full report, click on "Full text" on the right hand column under "downloads".
·       A press release focusing on Language: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=47693
·       Article: Indigenous Languages: A View from UNICEF : http://www.minorityrights.org/download.php?id=664

Monday, July 27, 2009

[MLE] Philippines official order and research findings

Dear MLE friends,
In the past most documentation was from Papua New Guinea. Indian officials often responded that the situation it that country is too different from India to learn from it. However the Philippines is now highly involved and has more similarities to India. Attached are:
  • An official order from Education Secretary with as subject: “Institutionalising mother tongue based MultiLingual Education“
  • An overview of the research findings of an MLE programme: “Third Year Results of the First  Language MLE Program in the Philippines.”

Thursday, July 2, 2009

[MLE] NCERT Seminar on School Curriculum, Policies and Practices

Dear MLE friends,
Curriculum and language are very much related. In the announcement of the below mentioned seminar “multilingualism” is specifically mentioned.