Improving the Quality of Mother Tongue-based Literacy and Learning: Case Studies from Asia, Africa and South America.

Improving the Quality of Mother Tongue-based Literacy and Learning: Case Studies from Asia, Africa and South America.

This publication is a compilation of articles and ideas that were presented at the reginal workshop of representatives from country projects supported by the Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for All (APPEAL) in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 18 to 22 June 2007, hosted by UNESCO Dhaka. The organizing theme of the workshop was "Improving Quality of Mother Tongue/Bilingual Literacy Programmes". This workshop was particularly existing because, in cooperation with UNESCO Dakar and the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL), UNESCO Bangkok had invited specialists from African and South American countries working in mother tongue-based education to share their experiences.

There is a significant growing consciousness on the part of national and international NGOs, along with local and government stakeholders, of the importance of using leaners' mother tongues to promote Education for All. This workshop helped to integrate the pedagogical principles, the experiences and the lessons learned, indicating directions forward in the promotion of mother tongue-based literacy and learning.

This publication introduces the theme of mother tongue-based education and discusses the pedagogical and linguistic principles behind educational language choice. It then presents the basic themes that are raised by the country cases described in Parts I through III. In Part IV we return to important issues raised and directions for the future.

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Improving the Quality of Mother Tongue-based Literacy and Learning: Case Studies from Asia, Africa and South America.

Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2008, 194p.

ISBN 978-92-9223-214-6 (Print version)

ISBN 978-92-9223-215-3 (Electronic version)