Multilingual Education Newsletter

Issue 19 | Asia Multilingual Education Working Group

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MLE in the News

· Pre-schoolers learn Singapore's heritage through Mother Tongue languages - Channel News Asia; 1 July 2015

· Ethnic, racial and language minority youth disproportionately underrepresented in special education - Latin Post; 7 July 2015

· Easing the learning journey for immigrant students - OECD Educationtoday blog; 9 July 2015 

· Is English really the solution? - The Jakarta Post; 9 July 2015

· Education brings hope to Dumagat of Quezon - Philippine Daily Inquirer; 4 August 2015

· Marshalls plans heavy use of local language in schools - Marianas Variety; 5 August 2015

· Speaking from the heart: Mother tongue approach best for learners and learning - UNESCO Bangkok; 7 August 2015

· Govt decides to make an audio-visual archive of all Indian languages - Daily News & Analysis;10 August 2015

· Education dept issues curriculum for IPs - The Manila Times; 11 August 2015

· Inclusive education means all children are included in every way, not just in theory -  The Conversation; 13 August 2015

· Meet the Canadian saving rare languages - The Star; 16 August 2015

· The whistled language of northern Turkey - The New Yorker; 17 August 2015

· Filipino, the language that is not one - Rappler; 21 August 2015

· Now, tribal children can learn in their own dialect - The Hindu; 24 August 2015

· Learning in your mother tongue first is key to success at school - The Khmer Times; 26 August 2015

· Bilingual education key to student success - The Jakarta Post; 27 August 2015

· Beauty of language and literature - The Fiji Times; 31 August 2015

· What happens when we read in a second language and not our mother tongue? - The Indian Express; 2 September 2015

· UNESCO research shows the importance of mother tongue education - Lusaka Times; 4 September 2015

· More funding for learning of mother tongue languages in Singapore - The Straits Times; 5 September 2015




TED-Ed: The benefits of a bilingual brain

Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.


MIT-Haiti Initiative Uses Haitian Creole to Make Learning Truly Active, Constructive, and Interactive.

Present Tense

A film focuses on the debate about whether classes should be taught in the colonial language of English or French versus the local languages that students understand and speak with fluency.

Las juventudes tambien hablamos Quechua (the youth, we speak Quechua too)

This Peruvian girl’s Michael Jackson cover will make you want to learn the dying language of Quechua.


· Teaching mother tongues boosts literacy - The Bangkok Post; 8 September 2015

· Three-language formula: CBSE directs schools to seek info about mother tongue - The Indian Express; 15 September 2015

· The language issue - The Express Tribune; 18 September 2015

· Govt asked to promote regional languages - DAWN; 21 September 2015


· Alternative Report on the Situation of Access to Quality and Relevant Education for Indigenous Children and Youth in Thailand by the Indigenous Education Network and Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand

· Bilingual Research Journal by the National Association for Bilingual Education

· Children's Rights in the Digital Age by Young and Well CRC

· The Economic Cost of Out-of-School Children in Southeast Asia by UNESCO Bangkok

· Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Development by the World Bank

· Investing against Evidence: The Global State of Early Childhood Care and Education by UNESCO

· NABE Perspectives by the National Association for Bilingual Education

· Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy: East Asia and Pacific Desk Review and Situation Analysis by UNICEF EAPRO

· State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015 by Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

· The Transition of Ethnic Minority Girls in Viet Nam from Primary to Secondary Education by UNICEF Viet Nam


MLE in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. 


We Need Your Help! - MLE Mapping Exercise

Currently, 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


Past & Upcoming Events


· International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Worldwide; 9 August 2015

· Asia MLE WG Meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, 24 August 2015

· LEAD CoP Event: Advocating for Multilingual Education, Bangkok, Thailand, 2-5 September 2015

· International Literacy Day, Worldwide; 8 September 2015

· 16th Annual ELT Conference: English Matters - Diverse Contexts in Education, Yangon, Myanmar; 12-13 September 2015

· Language and Education Community of Practice, Davao City, Philippines, 14-15 September 2015

· 4th Child Development and Poverty Reduction International Conference and 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference, Beijing, China; 21-24 October 2015

· 11th Language & Development Conference, New Delhi, India; 18-20 November 2015

· Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting on Education 2030, Bangkok, Thailand; 25-27 November 2015

· Resilience in a time of uncertainty: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change, Paris, France; 26-27 November 2015


· International Conference on National Language Policy and Multilingual Education, Mandalay, Myanmar, 7-9 February 2016.

· International Conference on Inclusive Education and Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education, Manila, Philippines, 18-20 February 2016

· International Mother Language Day, Worldwide; 21 February 2016

· The CIES 2016 Annual Conference - Six Decades of Comparative and International Education: Taking Stock and Looking Forward, Vancouver, Canada; 6-10 March 2016

· 5th International Conference on Language and Education, Bangkok, Thailand, (TBC)


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