Category Archives: Language

Educating migrants will be the first SDG challenge for rich countries

It is impossible to turn a blind eye to the arrival of so many hundreds of thousands of migrants* into Europe recently. According to Save the Children, this includes the highest number of child migrants seen since the end of … Continue reading

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Oslo: Investing in teachers is investing in learning

  The Oslo Summit on Education for Development, which starts on Monday, is part of the global relay race to bring education back to the top of the development agenda by the end of 2015. It is taking the baton … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Aid, Arab States, Asia, Basic education, Developing countries, Equality, Equity, Language, Learning, Literacy, Marginalization, mdgs, Millennium Development Goals, Out-of-school children, Post-2015 development framework, Post-secondary education, Pre-primary education, Primary school, Quality of education, sdgs, Secondary school, Sustainable development | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Speaking a minority language should not mean being disadvantaged 

International Mother Language Day, observed since 1999 on 21 February, honours the world’s abundant cultural and linguistic diversity. The celebration draws attention to the significance of pluri-lingualism and the need for language preservation. For example, UNESCO’s Interactive Atlas of the World’s … Continue reading

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“Literacy For Life” and literacy assessment after 2015

By David Post, Senior Policy Analyst for the EFA Global Monitoring Report. On 23 October 2014 the United Nation’s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (the “Third Committee”) adopted a new resolution, “Literacy for life: shaping future agendas”.  The Resolution, highlights … Continue reading

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Nigeria: Why pupils learning in English and mother tongue are not mutually exclusive

This blog by Kieran Cooke from the Universal Learning Solutions, explains how a synthetic phonics approach can be taken to literacy education that can mean governments don’t have to choose between either instruction in English, or in their local language; … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood care and education, Ethnicity, Language, Learning, Literacy, Marginalization, Primary school, Quality of education | 23 Comments

Pakistan: Children in primary schools should be taught in their mother tongue

By Bushra Rahim, PhD student. “If we start speaking other languages and forget our own, we would not be we, we would be clones of an alien people; we would be aliens to ourselves” (UNESCO, The Use of Vernacular Languages … Continue reading

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Achieving equity through finance: helping Indigenous populations in Brazil

On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, this blog outlines successful policies in Latin America that have helped redistribute funds to help bring about equity in education, and benefit its indigenous populations. To achieve Education for All, it … Continue reading

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