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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
[MLE] Lessons in mother tongue for Rajasthan schools
Lessons in mother tongue for Rajasthan schools
After Andra Pradesh and Odisha, now also Rajesthan wants to implement education in the mother tongue of the children. The Times of India reports:
"To curb the dropout rates, especially among children in the tribal and remote areas and to instill interest towards learning, Rajasthan State Institute for Education and Training ( SIERT) is set to launch a UNICEF supported pilot project on MTB learning. Ten schools each in Udaipur, Dungarpur and Banswara districts have been chosen under the project, where children of class one will be given lessons in the local dialect. While Mewari will be the medium of teaching for students in Udaipur, teachers will communicate in Wagri with the scholars in the other two districts." The article tittled Lessons in mother tongue for Rajasthan schools in the offing also makes refernce to initiatives in other states like Chhattisgarh, Assam and Jharkhand. More can be read about theChhattisgarh work on the India Tribal Herritage website.
One more quote from Rajasthan which makes a link to the earlier initiatives: "Andhra Pradesh and Odisha started MTB multi-lingual education on pilot basis for tribal children, which has now gone beyond the initial phase of hesitation. They are now accepted as viable models of education for tribal areas and are being up-scaled."