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Rutu Roadmap - Advancing Mother Tongue Education

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Presentation by Dr. Ellen-Rose Kambel (Rutu Foundation) and Rahzeb Choudhury (Lifelong Inspiration) at the Rutu Roundtable on Multilingual Education for Migrant Children in Europe.
The Roundtable was hosted by Utrecht University in Utrecht, the Netherlands on 6 November 2015.
More info: http://www.rutufoundation.org/rutu-roundtable-utrecht/

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Rutu Roadmap - Advancing Mother Tongue Education

  1. 1. The Rutu Roadmap Ellen-Rose Kambel, Rutu Foundation Rahzeb Choudhury, Lifelong Inspiration RUTU ROUNDTABLE MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN IN EUROPE 6 NOVEMBER/ UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS 09:45-10:15 / #RutuRT
  3. 3. “I used to get mad and aggravated because I couldn’t speak English. People were looking at me as if I were another type of human being.”
  4. 4. “I felt dumb and left out when we did advanced math because my teacher wouldn’t let me do it even though I knew I could.”
  5. 5. “I would try my best to learn English but it was hard. No one spoke [Spanish] so I wouldn’t make friends. I would sit in the back.”
  6. 6. What is Mother Tongue Education? • any form of schooling that makes use of the language or languages that children are most familiar with • Children may speak more than one mother tongue • NOT: education in mother tongue(s) only bilingual/multilingual education
  7. 7. Why Mother Tongue Education?  children learn better and faster in a language they understand  learning a second language is not affected  they stay in school longer  their self-confidence grows  greater parent participation  socio economic benefits
  8. 8. Why Mother Tongue Education? Equal opportunities for All
  9. 9. Multilingualism is the norm Monolingualism is the exception Over 50% of the world’s population speaks more than 1 language
  10. 10. why are millions of children not educated in their mother tongues? If we know this works…. UNESCO 2015
  11. 11. 1. Lack of political will • Colonial hangovers • National fears • Anti-migrant sentiment But multilingualism and mother tongues continue to exist…
  12. 12. 2. Costs • Teachers need to be trained anyway • Additional costs less than 5 % of national budget
  13. 13. 2. Costs Actual costs without mother tongue education: • drop out • repetition • missed earnings • lower tax income • socio-economic impact
  14. 14. misconceptions 3. Lack of awareness • Bilingual education will confuse children • Children will not learn dominant language • Too many languages in a classroom • Practical concerns: not enough teachers, not enough materials
  15. 15. where is evidence? • In expensive academic journals and books • Many pilot projects worldwide, but not widely shared or scaled
  16. 16. A few Mother tongue education projects since 1950s
  17. 17. What Rutu Foundation does: Teacher Training Research Multilingual Materials Advocacy
  18. 18. What we would like to do Make mother tongue education the norm, not the exception
  19. 19. How? Building a global platform
  20. 20. A Global Platform o build community & capacity o communicate and lobby more effectively o enable more mother tongue education
  21. 21. A Global Platform • Best practice guidelines • Publications • Translation toolkits • Campaigns
  22. 22. A Global Platform • Events (face-to-face & online) • Directory of organisations • Grassroots partnerships and programmes
  23. 23. Rutu Roundtable Multilingual Education for Migrant Children in Europe To share opportunities and barriers to introducing mother tongue based multilingual education for migrant children in Europe To discuss Rutu Roadmap on making Mother Education the norm. Children are children the world over Collaboration between the Rutu Foundation, Utrecht University and the Teacher Training Institute of Suriname (CPI)
  24. 24. Participants today • Teachers • Parents • Policy makers • Teacher trainers • Researchers • Donors • Business
  25. 25. Thanks to: Utrecht University City Council of Utrecht Lifelong Inspiration