UNESCO has released a report “Enhancing learning of children from diverse learning backgrounds: Mother tongue-based bilingual or multilingual education in the early years“. Dr. Jessica Ball reviews research and practice and addresses the importance of multilingual education for young children. The review will:
“(1) inform policy-makers of existing research and practices in mother-tongue instruction in early childhood and early primary school years; and
“(2) raise awareness of the value of maintaining the world’s languages and cultures by promoting and resourcing mother tongue-based education for young children”.