Mother Language Matters for Sustainable Development Goals: Forum to Highlight Role of Language in Education

Mother Language Matters for Sustainable Development Goals: Forum to Highlight Role of Language in Education

Mother Language Matters for Sustainable Development Goals: Forum to Highlight Role of Language in Education

Upcoming UNESCO-co-organized conference to bring together regional and international experts to spotlight crucial role of multilingual approach in education agenda

“Inclusive and quality education for all” – the goal at the heart of the Education 2030 Agenda – cannot be achieved unless all learners are given the foundation they need to thrive. For millions of ethnolinguistic minority communities in Asia-Pacific that foundation is provided by mother tongue -based multilingual education. The MTB-MLE approach used in the earliest years of a child’s schooling is proven to benefit these learners immensely in their comprehension of majority languages and in further schooling.

UNESCO and the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group are organizing the “5th International Conference on Language and Education” to seize and advance the momentum that the MTB-MLE approach has gained in the region by offering a platform for countries and experts from the region and around the world to share best practices and discuss challenges.

WHAT: 5th International Conference on Language and Education: Sustainable Development Through Education.

The conference will cover four key themes: 1) Towards Sound Policies on Multilingual Education: Language and Language-in-Education Policy and Planning in Asia and the Pacific; 2) MLE Teachers and Teacher Training for MLE; 3) MLE Practice/Praxis in Early Childhood and Primary Education; 4) Language and Cross-Cutting Issues of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

WHEN: 19-21 October 2016

WHERE: The Landmark Bangkok, 138 Sukhumvit Road

WHO: Thailand's Deputy Minister of Education H.E. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin will deliver opening remarks. Suwilai Premsrirat from Mahidol University in Thailand will discuss the 2016 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy prize winning Malay-Thai bilingual education pilot project in Thailand's restive south.

MEDIA CONTACT: Noel Boivin, UNESCO Bangkok Media and Communications Officer, n.boivin@unesco.org

For more information, please visit the conference’s website:www.lc.mahidol.ac.th/mleconf/2016/background.htm

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