Education in mother tongue: Not a Myth in Bangladesh
The Multi Lingual Education project of Save the children has contributed to a historical change in Government education system. The Government of Bangladesh has declared Multilingual education as a mainstream method and in January 2017 government distributed 52000 books among 25000 children. But it did not happen in few months. To make it materialise, through this project and other funding sources Save the Children took leadership and showcased best practices of MLE. To intensify the advocacy initiatives of MLE, SCI was instrumental to form Multilingual Education Forum (MLEF) and National Coalition for Indigenous People (NCIP) with other actors in board.
The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME), Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs (MoCHTA), Directorate of Primary Education, National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB), Hill District Council (HDC), Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council’s (CHTRC) visited the MLE program of Save the children. Save the Children’s technical competency and experience gained through this project was acknowledged by the Government of Bangladesh. As a result of that Save the Children was invited to be a key member of the National Steering Committee on Multilingual Education, as well as the MLE Technical Committee. The MLE Technical Committee who was entrusted to develop implementation guidelines, curriculum and materials and text books in five ethnic languages.