Multilingual Education Newsletter

Issue 12 | Asia Multilingual Education Working Group

Happy New Year from Asia Multilingual Education Working Group!

Happy New Year! It's hard to believe we closed out another year, but we are excited for this new year of opportunities and growth that awaits us.

As we reflect on 2013, it has been an incredible and busy year for Asia Multilingual Education Working Group (MLE WG) especially with International Conference on Language and Education. We are thankful for your continuous support and contributions. 

Wishing you a great, prosperous, healthy and successful new year 2014.




LEAD Community of Practice

Language and Literacy

Interview with Prof. Joseph Lo Bianco


MLE in the News

· Language Matters - INEE; 3 December 2012

· Turkey's step on education in mother tongues sets example for Europe: PM Erdogan - Hurriyet Daily News; 2 October 2013·

· 'Many languages, one world': UN launches essay contest to celebrate multilingualism -  UN News Centre; 14 October 2013

· Language important to pupils: Motshekga - Independent Online; 15 October 2013

· Mother-tongue classrooms give a better boost to English study later - Mail & Guardian; 18 October 2013

· In Burma, a debate over mother-tongue teaching - The Irrawaddy News Magazine; 23 October 2013

· The benefits of multilingual education - The MIT Tech; 29 October 2013

· Johnson: Bringing up baby bilingual - The Economist; 29 October 2013

· When education dries up - The Economist; 2 November 2013

· Despite government directive, MVD still reluctant to use the mother tongue  - The New Indian Express; 3 November 2013

· Ethnic minorities to receive bilingual education: gov't - The Phnom Penh Post; 11 November 2013

· Awakening the language & culture of ancient Maya - The National Geographic; 14 November 2013

· Easier to master knowledge if taught in mother tongue, says vice-chancellor - The Borneo Post;14 November 2013

· MLE conference brings Asia-Pacific educators together in Bangkok - SIL International; November 2013

· Thailand's new language policy helps enhance cultural democracy - The Nation; 18 November 2013

· New teaching resources launched for kindergartens - Channel News Asia; 21 November 2013

· Towards Multilingual Education in Nepal: Reflections on MLE conference 2013 - Praveen Kumar Yadav; 1 December 2013

· Now We're Talking: A decade of mother tongue-based multilingual education  - UNESCO Bangkok; 13 December 2013

· How China distorts its minorities through propaganda - BBC; 16 December 2013

· Education reform on all sides -; 20 December 2013

· Social media rescues dying Indian languages - Aljazeera; 29 December 2013 


· 3rd Regional High-Level Expert Meeting - Beyond 2015: Transforming Teaching and Learning in Asia-Pacific, Thailand; 16-18 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, South Africa; 15-17 October 2013

· Asia - Pacific Regional Policy Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education - Final Report by UNESCO, UNICEF, ARNEC, KICCE and KDI

· Asia - Pacific Regional ECD Conference, Singapore; 18-20 November 2013


· Contextualizing Global Standards to Local Settings: Challenges and Lessons Learned by INEE

· Culture and Learning: Reconstructing Research on Learning for Students in Asia and the Pacific, Education Policy Research Series Discussion Document No.2 by UNESCO

· Early Experiences Matter: Building Foundations for Lifelong Learning Asia-Pacific Early Childhood Development Noteworthy Practices by Adarsh Sharma, ARNEC Research Brief Series No.2

· Education and Development in the Post-2015 Landscapes by NORRAG News issue 49

· Education in Emergencies: Including Everyone - INEE pocket guide to inclusive education by INEE

· Education Sector Technical Notes by UNESCO

· EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 - Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all by UNESCO

· Estimating the Impact of Language of Instruction in South African Primary Schools: A fixed effects approach by Stephen Taylor and Marisa Coetzee

· The Hangzhou Declaration: Placing Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development Policies by UNESCO 

· Innovative Learning Environments by OECD 

· Literacy for life: shaping future agendas by UN General Assembly

· Mainstreaming Human Rights in Development - Case Study Publication by UNDG

· A Million Voices: The World We Want - A Sustainable future with dignity for all by UNDG

· A National Study of School Effectiveness for Language Minority Students' Long-Term Academic Achievement by CREDE

· Out-of-School Children in the Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh Provinces of Pakistan by UNICEF Pakistan

· Teaching and Learning 21st Century Skills: Lessons from the learning sciences by Asia Society

Past & Upcoming Events


· World Arabic Language Day, Worldwide; 18 December 2013


· Asia MLE WG Meeting, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand; 16 January 2014

· International Mother Language Day - Local languages for global citizenship: spotlight on science, Worldwide; 21 February 2014

· LEAD Community of Practice event: Funding LEAD Activities, Bangkok, Thailand; 26-28 March 2014

· LEAD Asia Training Workshop on Funding, Bangkok, Thailand; 29 March - 3 April 2014

· The Fifth Annual Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium, Dubai, UAE; 9-10 April 2014

· ACEI: Global Summit on Childhood, Vancouver, Canada; 10-13 April 2014

· The 15th Conference of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA): Living in Harmony Through Early Childhood Care & Education, Bali, Indonesia; 8-10 August 2014


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