5.3.3 One hour per week in the Mother Tongue can make a difference


SpeakerName: Ms. Alice Eastwood, Multilingual Education Specialist, SIL International, Indonesia

Description: This presentation shared that from 2008-2015, the district departments of education, the local communities and SIL collaborated on a ‘Local Content Programme’ with the modest aims of developing literacy in the local languages and disseminating knowledge of local culture through school reading materials and teacher training. The immediate beneficiaries were approximately 1,000 primary school children (Years 2-6) in sixteen schools where the dominant home language is Moma or Tado, and their Local Content teachers. The impact proved to be far-reaching.