PROJECT ON MOTHER TONGUE AS BRIDGE LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES: POLICY, STRATEGIES AND ADVOCACY
A REGIONAL MEETING ON THE DISSEMINATION
OF PROJECT RESULTS AND IDENTIFICATION OF GOOD FUNCTIONING MODELS
24-26 February 2009 I Arnoma Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
The SEAMEO Secretariat implements the Project, "Mother Tongue as Bridge Language of Instruction in Southeast Asian Countries: Policy, Strategies and Advocacy" with support from the World Bank. The Project aims at providing opportunity to explore how Southeast Asian countries, through appropriate language policies, can achieve Education for All (EFA) by widening access, reduce repetitions and drop-outs and improve learning outcomes.
The implementation of the Project started in June 2007. Advocacy of project results and related follow-up activities are set until June 2009.
The major accomplishment of the project is the collection of country policies and practices in the use of the mother tongues as bridge language of instruction in Southeast Asia. This significant collection was made possible through a consultative workshop that was attended by representatives from the SEAMEO Member Countries, SEAMEO Centres, international non-governmental organizations and donor communities such as the World Bank, SIL International, UNESCO, UNICEF, CARE Cambodia, CARE International, Save the Children and others in February 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Significantly, awareness of the mother tongue issue was raised to a high level among the SEAMEO Member Country participants and other organizations who attended the workshop.
Resolution from the 43rd SEAMEO Council Conference
The result of the Consultative Workshop was reported to the Education Ministers at the 43rd Conference of the SEAMEO Council in March 2008. The Education Ministers approved and took note of the progress of the Project with two recommendations:
- that the Project must go beyond policy discussions and recommendations, but should also focus on the process, strategies adopted and methodologies; and
- that through the Project, good functioning models in the use of the mother tongue as a bridge language of instruction be presented with the help of some national experts who may be invited to work on the various case studies and policy reviews.
In response to the directive of the education Ministers, the SEAMEO Secretariat convenes a regional meeting of representatives from SEAMEO Member Countries, SEAMEO Centres, development partners in multi-lingual education and other related organizations to discuss issues and identify good functioning models in the use of mother tongue as bridge language of instruction which is an important step in identifying practical ways to maximize language use for optimum teaching and learning experiences.
The Regional Meeting has three objectives:
- Disseminate the results and gains from the First Phase of the Project which include collection of language policies and case studies in the use of mother tongue as bridge language of instruction in Southeast Asia
- Identify good functioning models and theoretical models in the use of Mother Tongue as Bridge Language of Instruction
- Assess viability of models for possible application in other sites within the country or to other countries
EXPECTED OUTPUTS/ OUTCOMES
The following outputs/outcomes are expected by the end of the meeting:
- Increased awareness of the issues and strategies to address the educational needs of the disadvantaged and excluded learners due to language difficulties
- Collection of good functioning models for dissemination to the SEAMEO Member Countries, network and other development partners as reference for possible application in other contexts
- Report containing the proceedings of the three-day meeting
- Greater appreciation of the need for regional cooperation to attain the Education for All Goals
- The regional meeting will benefit all 11 SEAMEO Member Countries and development partners in multi-lingual education. It is envisioned as the beginning of a collaborative effort of the Southeast Asian countries to make the best use of language to provide greater access to education for learners who are disadvantaged and excluded due to linguistic issues.
DATES AND VENUE
24-26 February 2009
Arnoma Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Three (3) participants from each 11 SEAMEO Member Countries will be invited. The team will be composed of:
- a high-level education official from the Ministry/Department of Education
- a director or specialist in curriculum or training related to multi-lingual education from the Ministry/Department of Education
- an expert in multi-lingual education from a higher education institution/international non-governmental organization/multilateral agency
Representatives from the SEAMEO Centres, development partners in multi-lingual education and other related organizations will also be invited.
The SEAMEO Secretariat organizes the regional meeting with support from the World Bank. Project Consultants from SIL International will serve as resource persons and facilitate the group work.
The three-day meeting will include the following activities:
- The SEAMEO Secretariat will present the results and gains from the First Phase of the Project which includes collection of language policies and case studies in the use of mother tongue as bridge language of instruction in Southeast Asia.
- Country teams will present papers on good functioning models in the use of mother tongues as bridge language of instruction.
- Two resource persons will present a theoretical or ideal model in the use of mother tongues as bridge language of instruction.
- All models will be deliberated upon by the participants to decide which may be applied in other contexts in consideration of existing language policies in the countries, functionality of the model and other factors.
The main purpose of the regional meeting is the identification of good functioning models in the use of mother tongue as bridge language of instruction. Therefore, each country team is requested to prepare a paper and a presentation (using PowerPoint) on a good functioning model.
The country papers will give the other participants opportunity to gain insights on possible application to other contexts of effective basic principles, thus, promoting greater collaboration among SEAMEO countries.
- Registration. Please complete the Participant's Form and return it not later than 2 February 2009 to the SEAMEO Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org with copy to email@example.com. The information in the Participant's Form will enable the Secretariat to make all the necessary logistical arrangements.
- Hotel Information. The meeting will take place at the Arnoma Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. A block reservation has been made for all the participants on single-room occupancy. Please indicate in the registration form if you would like to share a room with another participant, so that we may inform the hotel accordingly. The hotel contact details are as follows:
The simplest way to get to the hotel venue from the Suvarnabhumi Airport is to get a taxi. The hotel location is opposite to the Central World and 5 minutes walking distance to Chidlom Skytrain Station (BTS).
- DSA, Accommodation and Ticket Reimbursement
For Country Participants (3 for each country)
The SEAMEO Secretariat will reimburse cost of airfare tickets at the meeting venue. Please note the request for the most economical and direct round trip airfare ticket to Bangkok. As we are working on a tight budget, we would request that you inform us of the cost of the tickets before booking. Receipt of airfare ticket purchase will be required upon reimbursement.
The SEAMEO Secretariat will pay for a single room accommodation for each participant.
For All Participants including Non-Country Participants
The SEAMEO Secretariat will arrange and provide lunches and snacks during the meeting, from 24 to 26 February 2009 at the meeting venue. A welcome dinner is set on the 24 February 2009.
- Contact Person for Information