This morning I read in The Hindu about an attempt by the AdivasiAcademy (Prof Ganesh Devy) to document the language and culture of 5 tribal groups in Gujarat. Good to note that this is getting newspaper coverage.
The National Multilingual Education Resource Consortium (NMRC) from JNU is producing a newsletter with quality articles on MLE. The latest newsletter is no exception on that. It does focus on the "as far as possible" phrase tagged to the mother tongue reference in the Right to Education act. Some topics:
Prof Anvita Abbi : "Don't kill my Mother (tongue)"
Sara Poehlman: "Mother Tongue Instruction 'as far as practicable' as Child's' right"
Sara Poehlman: "Story telling for effective language transition in Assam Tea Gardens"
Sikshi Manocha: "Witnessing the change" (a powerful testimony on the impact of MLE in the Saora community in Orissa)
UNESCO Bangkok released last week their latest publication on L1-based education. The book includes case studies from about 19 initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America. There is also a study on India written by Dr Barkataki of the State Resource Centre in Assam. The book can be downloaded from the net. See details below.
In this mailing list most attention has gone to primary education. However, also for adult education the language issue is vital for success. It is therefore good to note that next week the Directorate of Adult Education is organising a two day Seminar-cum-Workshop in collaboration with the Central Institute of Indian Languages on "Imparting Literacy through Non scheduled Languages"(ie. languages other than State/National Language).