[MLE] Today is Mother Language Day!

Dear MLE friends, Congratulations, today is Mother Language Day ! This occasion started in our neighbouring country, Bangladesh. Read more about how they are marking this day (including a summary of the history): A UNESCO focussed press release is here: Enjoy this day, talk about it will colleagues and celebrate your own Mother Tongue!

[MLE] Local Languages in the Schools of Himachal

Dear MLE Friends , Some state governments take the language of instruction issue of the Right to Education Act quite seriously. According to the Hindi newspaper Amar Ujala the Himachal Pradesh government has decided to have the teachers use the local languages in teaching the different subjects in the schools. If this is indeed going to get implemented that would be very innovative. Books and articles The site now has a separate page on MLE related books and articles . Check it out and let us know if relevant publications are missing. See Full article in Hindi

[MLE] New book on Language Policy and Linguistic Minorities in India

Dear MLE friends, A new book is coming out which is focusing in the linguistic minorities in India and on the policies related to that in particular: Language Policy and Linguistic Minorities in India: An Appraisal of the Linguistic Rights of Minorities in India Thomas Benedikter You might place an advanced booking as that will give you a good discount. See details below.

[MLE] EdQual research on Medium of Instruction

Dear MLE friends, Research outside of the western countries on the impact of education in the mother tongue is much needed. Below are some links to research presently going on in Africa.   EdQual is a research project consortium funded by DfID, studying education quality in low-income countries. On 15 November, it reported to DfID and other interested agencies along with 2 other research project consortia. As part of the EdQual programme, colleagues from Ghana and Tanzania looked into issues of medium of instruction and its relation to quality of learning. If you are interested in interim findings to do with MoI and textbook accessibility, please use the following links:

[MLE] ASER Report

Dear MLE friends, Each year ASER does extensive research on the impact that education makes. Their research data is highly valued, not only in the NGO world but also by the government itself. The 2010 report shows as well progress as declines. The press report states regarding the reading skills: Even after five years in school, close to half of all children are not even at the level expected of them after two years in school. Only 53.4% children in Std V could read a Std II level text. The Calcutta edition of the Telegraph reports " Tribal heartland betters its report card ", this is given as the reason: Santhal Pargana Gram Rachna Sansthan, the NGO that helped in survey work in Godda, credited the district's performance to maximum involvement of para-teachers, school teachers and Integrated Child Development Services centres. These units, set up under a Centre-sponsored scheme, addresses healt