Showing posts with label Education Policy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Education Policy. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

New Books on Multilingualism, Education and Inequality

 


In nearly every conversation I have had over the years with Prof Rama Kant Agnihotri, somehow we would talk about the concept of the fluidity of languages. No wonder that he is the co-author of a book on multilingualism. He also recently co-published a book on education and inequality with a solid section on the issue of language. Two books worth noting!


The book Being and Becoming Multilingual: Some Narratives, consists of 14 essays on topics like “ Being Multilingual” “Growing Up as a Multilinguist” and “Negotiating Multilinguality”. The note on the cover states: ”While this volume provides novel theoretical insights into language acquisition and use, it is also a timely and relevant reminder of how dynamic human communication and linguistic awareness forge relationships that go beyond constructs and agendas.” 


The  above book does not have a direct link to education, however the book Education and Inequality: Historical and Contemporary Trajectories does: It has several essays on the issue of language with authors like Kathleen Heugh and Minati Panda. Particularly the essay on “Examining the Linguistic Dimension of Draft National Education Policy '' looks interesting.


Thanks for letting us know about these relevant publications, Prof Agnihotri!


Regards,

Karsten van Riezen

Upasana Lepcha


Friday, December 3, 2021

Odisha to teach tribal children in their own languages: Project ‘Samhati’

The Hindu reported Nov 19, 2021 on Project ‘Samhati’  

Odisha has been for years the most active Indian state with regards to Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education (MTB – MLE). In the context of the new National Education Policy it has recently initiated Project ‘Samhati’ to ensure that tribal children are indeed taught in their own languages.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

World Bank on Language of Instruction - Report and Webinar

 


The World Bank has for many years been supportive of the concept of mother tongue-based multilingual education, (MTBMLE) but this year for the first time they produced a policy paper on it. The launch of the report last week was accompanied by a webinar on "Effective language of instruction policies for learning". The webinar included roundtable discussions with politicians, policymakers and practitioners. One of them being Dhir Jingran, the director of LLF in India.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Multilingual Education explained within an hour

 


With the New National Education Policy requiring the first grades to be taught in the mother tongue, we see an increased interest in the issue of language in the classroom. However, many teachers and policymakers have a hard time understanding what multilingual education is all about. I found this excellent lecture by Dhir Jingran online. From my perspective, its strength is that it deals with both the theory as well as the practice. As a former government policymaker, grass-roots level researcher, and NGO founder, Dhir knows very well how complicated the realities on the ground are and yet he provides a clear way forward.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

The Role of Language in the New National Education Policy


Photo by Jaikishan Patel from Unsplash


Last week the Indian government cleared a new National Education Policy (NEP). An NEP sets the framework for education for approximately the next 10 years. It is therefore worth looking at it from a language perspective. The policy gives a push for multilingualism and at first glance it seems that the pedagogical principle of children being taught in their mother tongue is kept up. However a closer look reveals that it is more complex than that.