[lg policy] Bangkok: Speaking the language of change in Asia-Pacific

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 7 15:34:36 UTC 2013

Speaking the language of change in
TUESDAY, 05 NOVEMBER 2013 08:26
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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.



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