[lg policy] Speaking the Language of Change in Asia-Pacific

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 1 14:12:27 UTC 2013

Multilingual Education Forum: Speaking the Language of Change in
 Friday, November 01, 2013

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    *Bangkok:* Asia-Pacific is one of the most ethnically and
linguistically diverse regions in the world. However, rather than
benefiting from this cultural richness, a lack of mother-tongue based
education all too often means that those who speak minority languages are
trapped in a vicious cycle of marginalization and discrimination.

Breaking that cycle and recognizing the integral role of mother-tongue
based multilingual education (MTB MLE) in the Education for All (EFA)
process will be the primary focus of a major international conference being
held by UNESCO Bangkok from 6-8 November, 2013.

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana will deliver the welcoming
speech at the 4th International Conference on Language And Education:
Multilingual Education for all in Asia and the Pacific – Policies,
Practices, and Processes, which will be held at Bangkok’s Imperial Queen’s
Park Hotel.

Other top policy-makers and non-governmental organization representatives
from around the region and beyond will discuss successes and challenges in
implementing MLE programmes in their countries. Experts in the field from
international universities and think-tanks will also share their research
and insights.

The event is the fourth in a series of international conferences organized
by the Asia Multilingual Education Working Group (Asia MLE WG) that aims to
build national and local capacity in designing, implementing and monitoring
MLE programmes in the region.

Four thematic tracks will be featured at the conference: Multilingual
education: What and Why: Towards Sound MLE Policy: Language and
Language-in-Education Policy and Planning in Asia and the Pacific;
Delivering Quality and Inclusive MLE: Teachers, Pedagogy and Innovations;
and Measuring Impact.

The conference aims to strengthen momentum for MLE in the region and serve
as a platform for a forward-looking debate that can help shape inclusive
and progressive education policies for the post-2015 agenda.

The Event: 4th International Conference on Language and Education: Multiple
Education for All in Asia and the Pacific – Policies, Practices and

When: 6-8 November 2013

Where:  Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, 199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok
Phone: +66 (0) 2261-9000
Hotel Website: www.imperialhotels.com/imperialqueenspark/
This event is co-organized by UNESCO Bangkok, along with key partners of
the Asia Multilingual Education Working Group

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