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Children from non-dominant language communities are often forced to begin their formal education in classrooms where their language is not allowed and the medium of instruction is a language they do not speak and barely understand.
Mother tongue-first programs that are valued by students, parents and communities and sustained within or outside the formal education system share several general features:
Two girls reading in the Dobo reading room
Clearly, there are political, economic and logistical challenges to mother tongue-first education programs for children in non-dominant language communities. To help meet the challenges, SIL provides technical support to language communities, government agencies and institutions and to non-government organizations in planning and implementing strong and sustainable mother tongue-based multilingual education programs in both the formal and non-formal systems.
Good Answers to Tough Questions in Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE)
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