is key to inclusive development.
For all ethnolinguistic communities,
access to education in their first
language is crucial to overcoming
a vicious cycle of marginalization
Expansion of access to mother tongue-based multilingual education (MLE) increasingly has been recognized as part of the Education for All (EFA) process, particularly in Asia and the Pacific. Several countries in the region are institutionalizing multilingual education in their education systems through early childhood, primary, and adult education and learning. However, despite the growing trend of providing multilingual education, many countries are experiencing challenges in implementing and expanding MLE programs. In order to build national and local capacity in designing, implementing and monitoring MLE programs in the region, the Asia Multilingual Education Working Group has organized a series of international conferences with focus on MLE.
From 6-8 November 2013, the Asia Multilingual Education Working Group (MLE WG) is convening the Fourth International Conference on Language and Education - Multilingual Education for All in Asia and the Pacific: Policies, Practices and Processes. The conference brings together MLE partners to increase understanding of the importance of expanding access to effective MLE and strengthen momentum for MLE in the Asia-Pacific region. The conference will facilitate the exchange of effective practices and experiences, link MLE theory to practice and foster policy dialogue. The conference will serve as a platform for forward-looking debate and the shaping of effective education policies and programs for the post-2015 agenda.
For more information on the conference, please download the conference flyer and poster.