[MLE] New Language and Education Policy established by Save the Children UK

Dear MLE friends, Save the Children UK wrote a thorough Policy Paper on MLE. Since this organisation is active in India too, with Shireen Miller as an active advocate for MLE, it will be good to take note of this comprehensive paper.

[MLE] Gorkhapatra goes multilingual

Dear MLE friends, At our northern neighbour Nepal a daily newspaper has decided to go multilingual. Would that have potential in some areas in India too?

[MLE] Recommendations from the "National Knowledge Commission"

Dear MLE friends, In recent visits several people mentioned to me that the recommendations of the "National Knowledge Commission" are not in line with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF 2005). That made me looks up the recommendations of this commission on the internet. I found that “t he National Knowledge Commission is a high-level advisory body to the Prime Minister of India, with the objective of transforming India into a knowledge society”. A few abstracts from their recommendations on language: The National Knowledge Commission recommends that the teaching of English as a language should be introduced, along with the first language (either the mother-tongue or the  regional  language)  of  the  child,  starting  from  Class  I  in  school.  This phase of language learning should focus on using both languages to create meaningful learning experiences for the child without disproportionate emphasis on grammar and rules.   Language  learning 

[MLE] Position Paper; Benefits of linguistic diversity and multilingualism

Dear MLE friends The attached paper Benefits of linguistic diversity and multilingualism has an European focus but it has some Indian flavour to it as Prof Rajesh Sachdeva of CIIL was a co-author. An interesting element is that the economic factor in MLE planning is getting far more attention than I have ever seen in other MLE related papers.

[MLE] UN finally adopts declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples

Dear MLE interest group, There is progress from the United Nations General Assembly in stating the fundamental right for Indigenous People groups to have education in their mother tongue.