Multilingual Education Newsletter

Issue 10 | Asia Multilingual Education Working Group

Welcome to MLE e-Newsletter! 

MLE in the News

· "Mon language back from the brink of extinction" - The Nation; 14 March 2013

· "No limits to learning" - Bangkok Post; 1 April 2013

· "Nurturing one's own tongue" - The Hindu; 3 April 2013

· "Language used to help link pupils with jobs" - The Sydney Morning Herald; 5 April 2013

· "MOE to extend mother tongue portal to all schools" - Channel NewsAsia; 5 April 2013

· "President to inaugurate 'Mother Language Festival' May 19" - New York Daily News; 6 April 2013

· "Balinese language to stay in schools" - The Jakarta Post; 8 April 2013

· "To save endangered languages, tribes turn to tech" - Associated Press; 17 April 2013

· "Four more regional languages introduced in primary schools" -; 18 April 2013

· "European and Asian language traced back to single mother tongue" - The Guardian; 6 May 2013

· "Basic education fails language test - 96% primary kids fail to follow classes in Hindi medium" - The Telegraph; 14 May 2013

· "K-12 for all, use of mother tongue now law" - Philippine Star; 16 May 2013

· "Bilingual education boosts Xinjiang's development" -; 20 May 2013

· "UNICEF Dictionaries in 9 languages in Jharkhand" - MLE and India; 17 June 2013

· "30 'mother tongue' schools to start soon" - The Times of India; 18 June 2013

· "Language is culture" - The Vancouver Sun; 20 June 2013




Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Learning from Within by Kozue Araki

Girls Lead the Way by CARE International

Apple: Making a difference. One app at a time. - Thornton Media Inc.

Every Child Needs a Teacher! by UNESCO


MLE in the Philippines

Students are able to learn best through their first language, their Mother Tongue (MT). Twelve (12) MT languages have been introduced for SY 2012-2013: Bahasa Sug, Bikol, Cebuano, Chabacano, Hiligaynon, Iloko, Kapampangan, Maguindanaoan, Meranao, Pangasinense, Tagalog, and Waray. Other local languages will be added in succeeding school years.



· The Asia-Pacific End of Decade Notes on Education for All: Goal 2 - Universal Primary Education by UNESCO Bangkok

· Do Immigrant Students' Reading Skills Depend on How Long They Have Been in Their New Country? by OECD

· Education Microplanning Toolkit: Introductory Module by UNESCO Bangkok

· Ending the Hidden Exclusion: Learning and Equity in Education Post-2015 by Save the Children

· Learning about Learning: Reflections on Studies from 10 Countries by Aga Khan Foundation

· Mid-term Monitoring and Evaluation of Alfalit's Literacy Programs in Liberia, Mozambique, and Angola by USAID

· Multilingual Education in Africa: Lessons from the Juba Language-in Education Conference by British Council

· Multilingual Education Programme of Orissa - An Evaluation Study by Lata Pandey from NCERT

· Primary Classroom Language Mapping in Lao Cai Province by UNICEF Viet Nam

· Promoting Inclusive Teacher Education: Advocacy Guides by UNESCO Bangkok

· Schooling for Millions of Children Jeopardised by Reductions in Aid by UIS


· The White Paper - Promoting Holistic Development of Young Children: An Imperative for the Advancement of Nations in Asia-Pacific by ARNEC

Past & Upcoming Events


· Asia Multilingual Education Working Group, Thailand; 3 June 2013

· 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Singapore; 18 - 21 June 2013

· Community Learning Centre (CLC) Regional Conference, Thailand; 18-21 June 2013

· 3rd Annual Course & Fieldtrip: Indigenous Peoples' Rights in the Field, Costa Rica; 5-11 August 2013

· Asia Multilingual Education Working Group, Thailand; 27 September 2013

· 10th International Language and Development Conference, South Africa; 15-17 October 2013

· 4th International Conference on Language and Education: Multilingual Education for All in Asia and the Pacific - Policies, Practices and Processes, Thailand; 6-8 November 2013

10th International Language and Development Conference
4th International Language and Education Conference

We Need Your Help!

2012 Regional MLE Mapping data is now available!

MLE WG is conducting a MLE Mapping Exercise in the Asia-Pacific region to document key issues, actors and activities shaping the context for ethnolinguistic communities. Please fill out the linked MLE Mapping questionnaire and return to MLE WG Secretariat. >>Download MLE Mapping Exercise Questionnaire


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