[MLE] Minorities forum on Education

Dear MLE friends, At the Minority Forum of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, about 70 recommendations were given on Education. Severel of those have references to the language. E.g. 59. School language regimes for the initial stages of education in State schools should ideally employ the language of the child as the predominant medium of instruction, with a gradual introduction of the State language or dominant local language, if different from that of the child, at a later stage, where possible by bilingual teachers sensitive to the cultural backgrounds of minority children. 65. The promotion of the cultural rights of minorities is necessary to further the fulfilment of their educational rights. These rights include access to written, audio and visual media materials in their own language in order to enrich the cultural lives of minorities. There must also be the free exchange of books and other educational materials and access to universities ru

[MLE] Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger

Dear MLE friends, A new recourse on endangered languages is available. Check it out: UNESCO launches the electronic version of the new edition of its Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger on 19 February The Atlas, presented on the eve of International Mother Language Day (21 February), enables searches according to several criteria, and ranks the 2,500 endangered languages that are listed according to five different levels of vitality: unsafe, definitely endangered, severely endangered, critically endangered and extinct., youth and the private sector. The work carried out by the more than 30 linguists who worked together on the Atlas shows that the phenomenon of disappearing languages appears in every region and in very variable economic conditions.

[MLE] International Mother Language Day

Dear MLE friends, Today is the International Mother Language Day! See the UNESCO announcement below.

[MLE] MLE videos on YouTube; India Video added

Dear MLE friends, The India MLE video has now been added to the YouTube list. It is a good link to pass on when you do advocacy with policy makers.

[MLE] India's primary school education info goes online

Dear MLE friends, Most MLE efforts take place in primary schools. The government of India has now put the “school reports charts” of most(?)  primary schools in India on line. Check out the schools in your project.

[MLE] MLE course announcement; Chiang Mai, 18 May - 12 June

Dear MLE friends, In depth training on MLE is not yet available in India . Hence I forward this opportunity in Thailand . It is a 4 weeks course which is part of an MA programme at Payap University in Chiang Mai. It will be taught by Dr Dennis & Dr Susan Malone who have extensive experience in MLE, including running workshops in India .

[MLE] Release of ASER report

Dear MLE Friends, Even though the ASER report is not directly MLE related, since it is such basic information for anybody with an interest in Education, I am sure most of you will be interested to get a copy. You can download it from: