5.3.2 Mother-Tongue and Multi-Lingual Education in Bangladesh: The MTBMLE Programme of Save the Children

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SpeakerName: Ms. Meherun Nahar, Save the Children, Bangladesh

Description: This presentation shared that in November 2015, Save the Children conducted a school readiness analysis of SKP children in comparison with children from mainstream Bangla-medium preschools in two upazilas (sub-districts) of the Khagrachari district in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The aim of this analysis was to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the use of mother tongue (Chakma and Tripura) in preschool classrooms, both in terms of child-level learning outcomes and learning environment. Though limited in scope, this study served as a step towards building a rigorous evidence base for the use of mother tongue to support school readiness in the early years.