Dear multilingual education friends,
The first End of Decade Note on Education for All 2012 is on Early Childhood Care and Education. It is published by UNICEF and UNESCO Asia Pacific.“The EDN present a review of regional and national progress toward the six EFA goals, take stock of the progress, persisting issues and remaining challenges in achieving the goals, and highlight examples of innovative policy reforms and strategies, particularly those aimed at reducing disparities in access to and quality of education.”
Have a look at Section 4.3 on MLE’s value for addressing language inequities, “Addressing Language Inequities in Ethnolinguistic and Indigenous Communities: The Value of Multilingual Education.” Here are some quotes:
“In many countries, there is a perception that using a native or minority language may hinder economic progress.”
But there is an excellent counter-example to this quote as follows:
“In these communities, experiences in the region point to the need for encouraging young students to consider careers in ECCE; for example, to prepare teachers for ECCE programmes in Nepal, the Government introduced early childhood development as an optional subject in the secondary school curriculum (grades 9 and 10). Graduates with early childhood development as their optional subject are given priority to work as ECCE teachers in the future. In these communities, ECCE provides a double dividend: a pathway towards the holistic development of young children and the empowerment of youth in the community.”
And regarding a research done in Vietnam:
“The results indicated superior performance by the cohort of students who had received mother-tongue based ECCE in key areas of cognitive development”
To access to the whole End of Decade Notes, control click the following: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0021/002171/217145e.pdf
Karsten van Riezen
Education Consultant, LinkedIn Profile
SIL International, South Asia Group
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