Multilingual Education Newsletter

Issue 22 | Asia Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group

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MLE in the News

· Launch of Literacy and Numeracy Standards in the Vagahau Niuean language - UNESCO Office in Apia; 6 April 2016

· Fund education to achieve accessible literacy for all - Global Campaign for Education USA; 11 April 2016

· Bilingual neuroscience freshman jumpstarts language processing study - Source; 8 May 2016

· Important to expose kids to different mother tongue languages: MCI - Channel News Asia; 14 May 2016

· Kenyans want children taught good manners and their mother tongue - Standard Digital News; 15 May 2016

· Bilingual babies more aware of tone changes in languages: NUS study - The Straits Times; 16 May 2016

· Multilingualism: A challenge in implementing the thematic curriculum - New Vision; 16 May 2016

· Mother tongue key to learning - The Hands India; 24 May 2016

· 'Science is best learned when taught in mother tongue' - The Times of India; 29 May 2016

· Speaking in tongues - The Kathmandu Post; 29 May 2016

· Culture pushed in K-12 - Inquirer. net; 30 May 2016



Prof. Francesca Orsini Inaugural Lecture

Literature in a Multilingual Society

Mother Tongue Instruction 

Proven Strategy to Improve Learning by the Center for Education Innovations



· Indian film-makers try to save vanishing language from extinction - The Guardian; 31 May 2016

· Rouhani defends Iranian ethnics' right of mother tongue teaching - Trend News Agency; 31 May 2016

· Gula'ala Linguistic Group Shines - The Island Sun; 8 June 2016

· Why school enrollment is not enough: A look inside Haiti's classrooms - Education for Global Development Blog; 9 June 2016

· Bringing An Inuit Language Into The Digital Age - The Huffington Post; 10 June 2016

· More dyslexia students seeking support to learn mother tongue: Dyslexia Association - Channel News Asia; 11 June 2016

· Languages show way to cohesive societies - The Bangkok Post; 13 June 2016

· How to include all in monitoring the global goal in education SDG 4? - World Education Blog; 16 June 2016

· Understanding what works in oral reading assessments - Global Partnership for Education Blog; 20 June 2016

· 8 best practices for early grade reading in multilingual contexts - Global Partnership for Education Blog; 29 June 2016

· UN experts urges Moldova to introduce multilingual education, bolster unity among ethnic groups - UN News Centre; 30 June 2016 


· ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025 by ASEAN

· Enabling Quality Instruction, Empowering Effective Early Reading Acquisition: Lessons Learned From a Three-Year Partnership with Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal by IBE-UNESCO

· Expert group meeting on the theme "Indigenous languages: preservation and revitalization (article 13, 14 and 16 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)" by UN Economic and Social Council

· Good Answers to Tough Questions in Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education by SIL International 

· Human Rights in Culturally Diverse Societies: Guidelines adopted by the Committee of Ministers and Compilation of Council of Europe Standards by Council of Europe

· Learning For Peace by UNICEF

· Millions Learning: Scaling Up Quality Education in Developing Countries by The Brookings Institution

· Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) by Global Reading Network

  • Paul Frank - Using Bloom for creating materials in Ethiopia
  • Nathalie Louge - Nigeria materials development
  • Alison Pflepsen - Best practice for reading programs in multilingual contexts

· Policy Paper 26: No more excuses: Provide education to all forcibly displaced people by UNESCO and UNHCR

· The Series in-progress reflections on Current and Critical Issues in the Curriculum and Learning by IBE-UNESCO

· The State of the World's Children 2016: A fair chance for every child by UNICEF

· Sustainable Development Begins with Education: How education can contribute to the proposed post-2015 goals by UNESCO

· Understanding What Works in Oral Reading Assessments by UNESCO-UIS

· UPR Advocacy Factsheets by Thailand by the Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand

Past & Upcoming Events


· LEAD Training Event: MLE Certificate Course, Chiang Mai, Thailand; 6 June - 1 July 2016

· International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Worldwide; 9 August 2016

· Asia Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group Meeting, Bangkok, Thailand; 18 August 2016

· International Literacy Day, Worldwide; 8 September 2016


· 2nd Malaysian Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education (MIPCE II), Kuching, Malaysia; 20-22 September 2016

· LEAD Training Event: Encouraging Stakeholder Participation in MLE, Bangkok, Thailand; 12-18 October 2016

· 5th International Conference on Language and Education: Sustainable Development through Multilingual Education, Bangkok, Thailand; 19-21 October 2016

· High-Level Policy Forum on MLE, Bangkok, Thailand; 22 October 2016

· 18th UNESCO-APEID International Conference - In Pursuit of Quality Education: The Past, Present and Future, Bangkok, Thailand; 26-28 October 2016

· 2nd Asia-Pacific Meeting on Education 2030 (APMED 2030 II), Bangkok, Thailand; 16-18 November 2016


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