From policy to action: Bangkok Statement fostering multilingualism for inclusion

From policy to action: Bangkok Statement fostering multilingualism for inclusion

In celebration of International Mother Language Day 2021, and its focus “Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society,” UNESCO as part of the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group is hosting the second session of its regional webinar series. This webinar will focus on implementing the action plan items of the Bangkok Statement on Language and Inclusion. Each panel speaker will provide various examples of mother tongue-based multilingual education programmes and language(s)-in-education policies that are congruent with the Bangkok Statement.

Additionally, this webinar will feature the launch of a guidance note on “Ensuring inclusive education for ethnolinguistic minority children in the COVID-19 era.”


Objectives

1. To raise awareness regarding the importance of MTB MLE to achieve inclusive education for all learners.

2. To understand practical policy and programme applications of the Bangkok Statement for fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society.

3. To catalyse multilateral engagement and cooperation in implementing MTB MLE programmes in the Asia-Pacific region.


Target Audience

The target audience for the webinar includes regional, national and international level education stakeholders (including both policymakers and implementers) interested in the applications of the Bangkok Statement on Language and Inclusion for inclusive multilingual education policies and programmes.


Working Language

English will be the working language of the webinar.


Dates and Format

Date: Thursday, 25 February 2021 Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm (Bangkok time)

Format: Zoom


Registration

Registration is free and required in advance. Once you register, a unique join URL will be sent to your email.

Registration link: https://unesco-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lnmO4TuvR52KXBqtTcGPjA

 

Agenda

 

Thursday, 25 February 2021 

Moderator: Mr. Kirk Person, Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group 

11:00am – 11:10am 

Welcome and Introduction from the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group 

  • Shigeru Aoyagi, Director, UNESCO Bangkok 

11:10am – 12:00pm 

Panel Speakers (10 mins each): 

  • Joseph Lo Bianco, Professor of Language and Literacy Education, University of Melbourne, Australia 
  • Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Cambodia 
  • Kraiyos Patrawart, Deputy Managing Director, Equitable Education Fund, Thailand 
  • Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela, Director, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) 
  • Muhammad Zaman Sagar, Senior Advocacy Officer, Forum of Language Initiatives (FLI), Pakistan 

12:00pm – 12:15pm 

Q&A and Discussion 

12:15pm – 12:30pm 

Key Messages, Guidance Note Launch, and Closing 

  • Francisco Benavides, Regional Education Advisor, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office 

 

Resources

Webinar Recording
PowerPoint Presentations

The Bangkok Statement on Language end Inclusion
The Guidance Note: Ensuring Inclusive Education for Ethnolinguistic Minority Children in the COVID-19 Era
Concept note and agenda
Speakers' biographies
1st Regional Webinar on developing digital learning materials for ethnolinguistic minority children https://bangkok.unesco.org/content/developing-digital-learning-materials-ethnolinguistic-minority-children
The Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group ( MLE WG) https://www.asiapacificmle.net/


For more Information

Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group Secretariat E-mail: ap.mlewg@gmail.com

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