An international conference on "Language, Education and the Millennium Development Goals" will be held on November 9-11, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Conference is co-organised by a consortium of organizations from the Asia Multilingual Education Working Group, particularly: UNESCO, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia" (RILCA), SIL International, UNICEF, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), CARE, Save the Children, Royal Thai Institute, ASEAN Regional Center of Excellence on Millennium Development Goals and Asia South Pacific Association For Basic and Adult Education.
Join with representatives of government and intergovernmental agencies, NGOs, academics and local civil society during a three-day forum to dialogue about: the state of development of ethnolinguistic minorities, the relevance of local languages in achieving education and development goals, and the development of programs and policies that better reach these underserved groups.
Languages are more than tools for communication; they help shape the identity of individuals and groups, as well as serving as a key element in social integration and cultural development. As such, languages are also strategically important for the attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All (EFA).
Despite aggregate gains worldwide in achieving the MDGs and EFA, the state of development for the world’s ethnolinguistic minorities continues to lag behind, putting them at risk for even greater disparities that hinder efforts to overcome poverty, illiteracy and disease; as well as increasing the likelihood of conflict arising from exclusion.
This conference provides a forum to enhance understanding, inspire meaningful action and increase access to education and development opportunities for ethnolinguistic communities, through:
- Increasing understanding of the linkages between language and achieving the MDGs and EFA
- Fostering connections among a broad set of actors to support activities that integrate language and education as crosscutting themes in achieving the MDGs and EFA
- Informing policy makers and development partners on good practices to effectively incorporate language and education into strategies and policies to achieve the MDGs and EFA
The Organizing Committee welcomes submission of papers and perspectives representing a broad range of viewpoints and that highlight relevant local, national or comparative research and practice in the following thematic areas of the conference.
- Language and Universal Primary Education
- Language and Gender Equality
- Language, Health, Nutrition and Protection
- Language and Sustainable Development
Details of Call for Papers
Contact Person: The Conference Secretariat
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: email@example.com