Wednesday, October 9, 2013

[MLE] NMRC Conference "Whither MLE?"; Delhi, JNU, Nov 21-23

Dear MLE friends,

Just after the MLE conference in Thailand at which several people from India will participate, there will also be an MLE conference in India organised by the National Multilingual Education Resource Consortium (NMRC). The conference is titled "Whither MLE? Rethinking MultiLingual Education in the 21st century".

A quote from the Conference website:
This conference, "Whither MLE?" will therefore attempt to revisit our assumptions of a modern Global Indian state and Indian education in 21st century against the constitutional debates, the NCF2005 and the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan where MLE is implemented as an innovation program for tribal children. Can we imagine a post colonial, post modern Indian state without recognizing and building on the multilinguality of Indian and World communities? Shouldn't subaltern discourse inform the entire school education practice of India? Shouldn't all schools including the ECCE centers have a multilingual pedagogy that builds on the home languages of the children? Analysis of these issues will provide a fresh paradigm for examining the reasons for marginality of the hitherto run MLE programs in Indian schools and the inadequacy and in-egalitarian nature of the universal school education system in India. This conference will create a layered discussion on each of these issues, reflect critically on the MLE programmes and practices in Indian school and develop an agenda for implementing MLE in all schools in future.
The following themes will be covered:
  1. Taking Stock: Current MLE Research and Programs in India
  2. MLE Policy and Advocacy
  3. MLE Strategies and Innovations
  4. Pedagogic Practices, Teacher Training and Capacity Building for MLE
  5. Networking and Partnership in MLE research and Programs
  6. Future of MLE in India
  7. RTE Act 2009 and Multilingual Education
  8. Planning for SAARC level conference on MLE in November 2014
Great to see this!
Regards,

Karsten

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Conference Sub-Themes:
  1. Taking Stock: Current MLE Research and Programs in India
    • MLE Research in India: This will include academic Research and the Researches done by the Government and non-Governmental institutions with emphasis on the Longitudinal Studies done both in school education and ECCE
    • MLE Programs in India: This will include the experiments done both within and outside the Governmental spaces in India
  2. MLE Policy and Advocacy
    • MLE Policy and Advocacy: This sub-theme will include sessions on analysis of MLE framework/inputs in education policies and national curricular documents like NPE 1966, 1986, NCF2005, RTE 2009 etc., the state MLE policy documents and the advocacy programs in India.
    • South Asian Comparative Policy Analysis: India, Nepal and Sri Lanka: The policy documents and initiatives in the three countries will be analysed for mutual reflections and learning for India.
  3. MLE Strategies and Innovations
    • MLE for ALL or MLE for Minority Community Children?
    • What does MLE framework mean for ECCE and primary education?
    • What are the quality issues in MLE (Longitudinal Surveys)?
    • What do we learn from Rural and Urban MLE programs?
  4. Pedagogic Practices, Teacher Training and Capacity Building for MLE
    • Innovative Practices in the Government run MLE programs
    • Innovative Practices by individual teachers, researchers and the non Governmental organizations in MLE pedagogy
  5. Networking and Partnership in MLE research and Programs
    • Existing collaborations in MLE research and program implementation
    • Collaboration between ECCE and School Education Experts
    • Future collaborations in MLE
  6. Future of MLE in India
    • Open Forum followed by presentation of Conference Recommendations
  7. RTE Act 2009 and Multilingual Education
  8. Planning for SAARC level conference on MLE in November 2014
    • Announcement and the Presentation of the SAARC level conference on MLE to be conducted in 2014 by the organizing team. (The organizing team will comprise of members from NMRC, UNICEF and one member each from the SAARC countries).

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