Showing posts with label inclusion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inclusion. Show all posts

Saturday, June 18, 2022

MLE+: Schools Embracing Local Culture and Language (BBC)

 

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-61497001

Children at the Freedom School Kenya, Africa



Creating a school environment that helps the children to love their local languages and cultures seems rather idealistic. The BBC recently published a video clip of a school in Africa that does just that: celebrating the children’s culture in the school. As also in Africa, teaching is based on a post-colonial curriculum, that is rather unique. This is worth taking note of!


To begin with, the Freedom School in Kenya promotes love and acceptance of their own culture by encouraging children to speak their mother tongue. The BBC documentary Afrocentrism: The school teaching kids to love their African culture shows a school culture and curriculum that is Africa centred through which the children are growing to love who they are. The children are provided with mentorship and with plenty of encouragement to embrace their own heritage. This has also resulted in an increasing use of mother tongue names.  The children are being provided opportunities for inclusion and quality learning which have increased their academic learning skills. Furthermore, instead of conventional uniforms cultural patterns are worn by children which has taught them to love how they look. According to Dr Charles Ong’ondo from the Kenya Institute of Curriculum development, African traditional education had been undermined by the colonisers. The Freedom School has a Competency Based Curriculum which includes cultural elements such as learning Swahili, local other languages and the use of traditional clothes. This is MLE+: not just the languages but also the local cultures are valued!

Resources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-61497001

Produced, filmed and edited by Njoroge Muigai, Additional filming by Ashley Ogonda

Published 19 May Section BBC News Subsection Africa

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, October 4, 2019

[MLE] Conference on MLE, Mobility and Inclusion

Dr Michel Kenmogne gives a welcome speech at the reception on the first day of the conference.

Last week I attended  the “Inclusion, Mobility and Multilingual Education Conference” in Bangkok. This time the MLE conference was done together with the British Council’s recurring conference on Language and Education which resulted in a larger and richer conference with about 450 participants from a broad range of disciplines participating. The topic of “inclusion and mobility” provided a good opportunity to link MLE to the increasing number of issues around migration and identity. At least 30 participants were from India, several of who gave a presentation. For now, we will give a few impressions with links to abstracts. At a later stage, the full presentations will become available.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

[MLE] 6th Multilingual Education Conference - Bangkok September 2019

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Every two years the International MLE conference in Bangkok is a highlight for MLE practitioners and scholars. This year the 6th Multilingual Education Conference will be combined with the 13th Language and Development Conference (LDC) and address the important issues of language, human mobility, multilingual education and development. Proposals for individual presentations and panels must be received by 28 February 2019. Below are some of the details.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

[MLE] A critical report on the RTE progress

Dear MLE friends,

In April it will be two years since the the Right to Education (RTE) Act was introduced. Forward Press Magazine published a critical article on the progress made thus far:  A Fundamental Wrong: Education for too Few.

The author, Suzana Andrade, makes an interesting comparison with Finland were they also implemented a major education transform several years back: "In 1971, Finland's government realised that the only way to modernise its economy and compete in an increased competitive world was to transform its basic education. According to a recent article in The Atlantic magazine, the secret to Finland's success is that the goal they pursued was not excellence, but equity". On India: "Today, though the policies and rhetoric have changed, the underlying worldview remains: our society continues to prioritise a few and exclude the rest".