Multilingual Education Newsletter

Issue 25 | Asia Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group

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MLE in the News

· Teacher crisis hits education of pre-primary indigenous students - Dhaka Tribune; 10 February 2017

· Peru is fighting to save 17 languages that are in danger of dying out - The; 11 February 2017

· Language defines national identity, says survey. What this means in multilingual Switzerland. - Le News; 14 February 2017

· Learning in mother tongue beneficial for ECD pupils - The Herald; 15 February 2017

· Multilingual teaching does more than just improve learning - World Education Blog; 20 February 2017

· 3 examples of mother tongue education - GPE Blog; 21 February 2017

· Children should learn how to learn in their mother tongue - GPE Blog; 21 February 2017

· How should mother languages be included in national education systems? - GPE Blog; 21 February 2017

· Language lessons start in the womb - The New York Times; 21 February 2017

· Multilingual education is 'absolutely essential,' UNESCO chief says on Mother Language Day - UN News Centre; 21 February 2017

· Multilingual education is a door that must stay open - The Bangkok Post; 21 February 2017

· The language of identity - The News; 22 February 2017

· 2.3 billion people are missing out on learning - GPE Blog; 24 February 2017




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· Lessons from Africa prove the incredible value of mother tongue learning - The Conversation; 27 February 2017

· SA's real maths problem is language - Business Day; 27 February 2017

· Children learn better in mother tongue - The Herald; 1 March 2017

· Valuing language: improving education in Vanuatu - DFAT Blog; 1 March 2017

· What determines how young children will develop and learn? - GPE Blog; 1 March 2017

· Building bridges through multilingual schooling: a mother-tongue pilot in East Timor is showing the way - Language on the Move; 2 March 2017

· Challenges to the linguistic diversity of North Pakistan - Criterion Quarterly; 2 March 2017

· Diversity in language - The Fiji Times; 9 March 2017

· Mother Tongues matter amid English-language push in Asia - GPE Blog; 13 March 2017

· How to revive a 500-year-old dying language - BBC News; 19 March 2017

· Minister: School Quality Improving, Dropout Rate Still High - The Cambodia Daily; 22 March 2017

· Reading: a way out of poverty - GPE Blog; 23 March 2017

· Quality inclusive education is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals - GPE Blog; 4 April 2017

· Niueans called on to preserve their mother tongue - RNZ; 14 April 2017

· Icelanders seek to keep their language alive and out of 'the Latin Bin' - The New York Times; 22 April 2017


· Addressing language of instruction issues in education: Recommendations for documenting progress by UNESCO

· Education Equity Research Initiative

· Education for indigenous peoples webpage by UNESCO

· Effectiveness of policy development and implementation of L1-based multilingual education in Cambodia by Carol Benson and Kevin M. Wong, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism

· Enabling Education Review 5 by EENET

· Formal and non-formal adult education opportunities for literacy and numeracy, and other skills for acquisition and retention: A 29-country review of the concepts, processes and structures of literacy provision and reporting by UNESCO


· Global Out-of-School Children Initiative Operational Manual by UNICEF

· Guidance for Developing Gender-Responsive Education Sector Plans by GPE, UNGEI, UNICEF

· Indigenous Early Childhood Care and Education (IECCE) Curriculum Framework for Africa: A Focus on Context and Contents by UNESCO IICBA

· Investigation into the Use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in Regional and Minority Language Education by European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning

· Language teaching and learning in multilingual classrooms by European Commission

· Learning to live together sustainably (SDG 4.7): Trends and Progress by UNESCO

· Learning Families: Intergenerational Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning by UNESCO UIL

· Making textbook content inclusive: A focus on religion, gender and culture by UNESCO

· Monitoring Education Participation: Framework for Monitoring Children and Adolescents who are Out of School or at Risk of Dropping Out by UNICEF and UNESCO UIS

· Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education: The Key to Unlocking SDG4 - Quality Education For All by Asia Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group

· Multilingualisms and Development by British Council

· Multilingual education teachers promoted by CARE Cambodia

· Reading the past, Writing the Future: Fifty years of promoting literacy by UNESCO

· Ready, Set, Respect! GLSEN's Elementary School Toolkit by GLSEN

· Reconceptualizing Quality Education for Multilingual Students with Disabilities: A note from the quest editors. by Renee A. Greenfield and Kara Mitchell Viesca, NYS TESOL Journal, 1(2), 4-8

· The Rights of indigenous peoples in Asia by ILO

· School Readiness: a conceptual framework by UNICEF

· Teacher Talent Untapped: Multilingual Paraprofessionals Speak About the Barriers to Entering the Profession by Kaylan Connally, Amaya Garcia, Shayna Cook, and Conor P. Williams

· Teaching and Learning to Read in a Multilingual Context: Ways forward for three sub-Saharan African countries (Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal) by UNESCO - IBE

· UIL Policy Brief 7: Literacy and Numeracy from a Lifelong Learning Perspective by UNESCO UIL

· UIL Policy Brief 8: Community-based learning for sustainable development by UNESCO UIL

· UNESCO Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education, 2015 by UNESCO UIL


Past & Upcoming Events


· International Mother Language Day, Worldwide; 21 February 2017

· 2017 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference, Siem Reap, Cambodia; 1-3 March 2017

· Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.; 5-9 March 2017

· Mobile Learning Week; Paris, France; 20-24 March 2017

· Symposium on Language and Sustainable Development; New York, U.S.A.; 11-12 May 2017

· SIL LEAD Community of Practice event, Bangkok, Thailand; 17-19 May 2017

· 3rd Asia-Pacific Meeting on Education 2030 (APMED 2030), Bangkok, Thailand; 4-7 July 2017

· International Literacy Association Conference, Orlando, Florida; 15-17 July 2017

· International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples - Worldwide; 9 August 2017

· UKFIET - 14th International Conference on Education and Development, Oxford, U.K;l 5-7 September 2017

· International Literacy Day, Worldwide; 8 September 2017

· 12th Language & Development Conference, Dakar, Senegal; 27-29 November 2017


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