[MLE] Request: Take ten minutes to tackle the big questions on language and education!

Dear MLE friends,
Below is a request from Save the Children UK to give input in a discussion on MLE. Use this opportunity and make sure the South Asian voice get heard!
Karsten van Riezen
Education Consultant, SIL Int.

SIL, South Asia Group
Recommended website: http://www.nmrc-jnu.org/
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-----Original Message-----
From: Helen Pinnock <h.pinnock@savethechildren.org.uk>
To: london_wg_mle <london_wg_mle@lists.sil.org>
Sent: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 23:02
Subject: [LWGME]Take ten minutes to tackle the big questions on language and education!

Dear friend
As you know, in many countries it's a big challenge to get the language of teaching right. Up to 221 million children speak local languages not used in education, and there is clear evidence that teaching in an unfamiliar language can destroy children's learning and force them out of school, setting back the achievement of key education goals.
However, there is a lot of debate about how to move towards teaching in languages that children understand, whilst introducing national and international languages. Save the Children has set up an online forum to encourage further discussion on the big dilemmas.
We really need ideas, experience, advice and challenges to help develop guidance and action on getting language and education right. Please give us your views and take a look at the discussion over the next few days, at the following address: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/blogs/?p=4582
The web page is in simple blog format to encourage easy input - no need to log in. The forum will allow publications and other documents to be shared. Please take a look and add your thoughts by 19 February - you can come back as many times as you like!
This will allow us to pull together your views in time for International Mother Language Day, which is on 21 February. The results of the online discussion will be made available in different formats during 2010.
Please feel free to share this message with your contacts and networks.
With many thanks in advance for your attention and input,
Best wishes,

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