UNESCO report on bi- & multilingual education in the early years

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”.

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