Mother tongue based multilingual education: Kosli language as a medium of instruction in the schools of western Odisha
Following paragraph is taken from http://www.ciil.org/AnnMLE2011.aspx.
…………….Two states in India – Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Orissa – have started mother tongue based multilingual education (MLE) on a pilot basis for tribal children. AP started MLE in 8 tribal mother tongues (MTs) in 2004 and Orissa in 10 tribal MTs in 2006. The states have the program in over 500 schools with first batch of children in grades IV and V, respectively, in AP and Orissa; AP is adding over 2300 schools in the year 2011 and Orissa is scheduled to add 500 schools. Few more states are also expected to join the MLE movement in India. Jharkhand, Assam and Chhattisgarh are already planning to start MLE in the states. Mother tongue based MLE is now an international movement especially for those from dominated minor, minority and marginalized languages and suffering negative consequences of submersion and assimilation forms of education in non-mother tongue languages ……………………….
The above thing is an eye opener for all of us. This is a good start by the government. Along this line Kosli language should be used as the medium of instruction in the schools of western Odisha districts and Athmallik subdivision. On this topic please see our earlier discussions:
Entry filed under: Athmallik, Balangir, Bargarh, Boudh, Deogarh, Dictionary, Grammer, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Kosli language and literature, Language, Nuapada, Primary and Secondary Education, Region watch, Sambalpur, State govt. schools, Subarnapur, Sundergarh.