Wednesday, January 6, 2010

[MLE] Language, Education and the Millennium Development Goals Conference - Nov. 9-11, 2010

Dear MLE friends
First of all: a happy new year to you! The first MLE related announcement that I received this year is quite exciting:
The 1st International Conference on "Language, Education and the Millennium Development Goals" will be held November 9-11 in Bangkok, Thailand sponsored by a consortium of organizations from the Asia Multilingual Education Working Group, particularly: UNESCO, UNICEF, SEAMEO, Mahidol University, SIL International and Save the Children.

Join with representatives from government and intergovernmental agencies, NGOs, academics and local community organizations during a three-day forum to dialogue about the state of development of ethnolinguistic minorities, the relevance of local languages, and how to develop programs and policies that better reach these underserved groups.

Please read the attached conference announcement for the purpose and objectives of the conference.  More information on the conference program, fees, and venue will be available in February 2010. Please contact: s.custer@unescobkk.org or j.lindeberg@unesco.org for more information.

Friday, December 18, 2009

[MLE] UNICEF statement on Indigenous Languages

Dear MLE friends,

Minority Rights Group International has released "
Indigenous Languages: A View from UNICEF" . This seven-page document provides a succinct summary of UNICEF's view of indigenous languages, but was not included in the main report State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009.

The summary statement on the end states:

In conclusion, it is necessary to work for the maintenance and development of  indigenous languages and for their use throughout society. But it is also necessary  to work with the rest of the population, to promote a culture which respects cultural diversity and enrichment between cultures, in order to establish a framework for inclusive democracy

[MLE] UNICEF statement on Indigenous Languages

Dear MLE friends,

Minority Rights Group International has released "
Indigenous Languages: A View from UNICEF" . This seven-page document provides a succinct summary of UNICEF's view of indigenous languages, but was not included in the main report State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009.

The summary statement on the end states:

In conclusion, it is necessary to work for the maintenance and development of  indigenous languages and for their use throughout society. But it is also necessary  to work with the rest of the population, to promote a culture which respects cultural diversity and enrichment between cultures, in order to establish a framework for inclusive democracy. 

Friday, December 11, 2009

[MLE] MLE Certificate Program; Payap University 11 Oct - 6 Nov 2010

Dear MLE Friends,
Last year a couple of people from South Asia participated in the MLE MA level course Payap University in ChiangMai offers in Thailand. In 2010 it will be offered again from Oct 11 till Nov 6th. The details are attached.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

[MLE] MLE Resource Centre Website launched

Dear MLE friends,
Yesterday I visited the new MLE resource centre hosted by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), sponsored by Unicef. They now have their own office on the campus and also have a nice website: http://www.nmrc-jnu.org/
The website already contains several good MLE related articles, has book references, pictures and other things. There is also a way to register yourself to subscribe to a newsletter: Worth doing!

Friday, October 9, 2009

[MLE] Conference On Multilingual Education - Kenya, July 2010

Dear MLE friends,
Kenya is not next door, but given the very interesting list of topics, I thought I should still share this conference announcement with you.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

[MLE] Article on government MLE programme in Philippines

Dear MLE friends,
Below is a short article by Dr Michael Tan of the University of the Philippines about the Philippino government's Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE) programme. It was published in a newspaper called the Inquirer. As mentioned before the Philippines government has decided to implement MultiLingual Education (MLE) in their primary schools. It will be interesting for us in India to follow that as it is an Asian country with many minority languages.
A quote:

“To implement the new policy, DepEd will support very basic work like developing orthographies (spelling system) for local languages to use for educational materials. Community involvement will be vital for this new program to succeed. Expect to see, in the years ahead, a renewed pride in local languages because of this new policy, even as the Filipino becomes more adept at acquiring proficiency in a second, a third, even a fourth language.”