Thursday, December 23, 2010

[MLE] 3 minute MLE Advocacy Video on YouTube

 Dear MLE friends,

UNESCO Bangkok has just uploaded a new short MLE advocacy video on YouTube. Check it out at:

Most of you know that there is also an INDIA SPECIFIC short video on YouTube:

Actually in that channel there are 11 more MLE video fragments which you might enjoy:

Saturday, December 18, 2010

[MLE]Mother tongue based pre-school in Orissa; Ullash

Dear MLE friends,

Sometimes you come across good new MLE related initiatives. Here is one: The NGO Ullash is  piloting of a mother tongue based pre-school programme in Orissa. They write on their website (
 The Programme “Successful Transition for Young Tribal Children in Odisha” primarily focuses on the preparation and piloting of a mother tongue based pre-school programme which will enhance children's learning in Anganwadis and pre-schools / other ECE centres and give them a sound foundation for a smooth transition to primary schools. The project is supported by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation and implemented by the state government and NGOs (PREM, CYSD and CLAP) in remote rural and tribal pockets.

Friday, December 3, 2010

[MLE] Outcomes of MDG conference in Thailand

Dear MLE friends,

Last month the International conference on “Language, Education and the Millennium Development Goals” took place. About 400 participants from all over the world were present. High government officials from China and other countries used the conference to learn more about the language issue and my understanding is they are already following this up with action. From India we had Sanjeev  Raj (Save the Children), Ft Mahipal Bhuriya (Adivasi Navotthan Sanstha), Abraham Jose (Nirman) and Dhir Jingran (Room to Read) present (maybe more that I am not aware of).
The Unesco website reports ...

The three-day forum provided a platform to share ideas and inspire action to increase access to education and development for ethno-linguistic communities by increasing understanding of the linkages between language and achieving the MDGs and EFA; fostering connections among a broad set of actors to support activities that integrate language and education as cross-cutting themes in achieving the MDGs and EFA; and informing policy makers and development partners on good practices to effectively incorporate language and education into strategies and policies to achieve the MDGs and EFA ahead of the 2015 deadline.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

[MLE] Sadri school started

Dear MLE friends,

The Calcutta edition of The Telegraph reported last week the start of a Sadri MLE school:

    The Adivasi Sahitya Sabha is gearing up to start a unique school where Adivasi students will get the opportunity to study in the popular Adivasi language — Sadri.
    “The school will help the students to learn fast and make their classes interesting. Even if the students shift to other languages later, they will face less problems after continuing a few years in their mother tongue,” he said.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

[MLE] Symposium/workshop in Guwahati

Dear MLE friends,

Last month Guwahati University, in collaboration with SIL, organised a 10 day MLE workshop-cum-Symposium on Mother Tongue Based MLE. Prof. dr. Jyotiprakash Tamuli reports:
The content was designed in a systematic order to not only show the background rationale as to why MTB-MLE is needed, but also to demonstrate the various steps which are needed to ensure strong foundations in the mother tongue before transitioning into 2nd and/or 3rd languages. The mornings tended to be presentation/theory-oriented, while the afternoons were given over to practical sessions and/or case studies. Most people used PPTs for their presentations, and included various types of group work within their presentations to ensure maximum involvement by participants.”
About 30 people participated from the university as well as DIETs, SCERT, some schools and NGOs. Attached is a translation of a newspaper clippings.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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

Dear MLE friends,

After the below language related conference announcement was send out, several of you asked for more details. At that time they were available but now it is. See attached.

[MLE] Dissertation on: Language, Education, and Empowerment, Dr Cynthia Groff

Dear MLE friends,

Some of you know Cynthia Groff as she did extensive research in India on multilingualism. Her dissertation on "Language, Education, and Empowerment: Voices of Kumauni Young Women in Multilingual India" has now been published on the web: