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Mother-Tongue based Multi-lingual Education in Inter-state border areas

NEG-FIRE conceptualised and developed its Mother Tongue based Multi-lingual Education in Interstate Border Areas to address the language and other issues of children located at Interstate border areas. With active participation and support of state governments, linguistic departments, local NGOs, National MLE Consultant Support Group and tribal communities, NEG-FIRE has developed and designed MT-Based MLE materials in 12 tribal languages for communities living in 7 states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for Class I to III children. While resource teams for each language group have already been formed, training is going on for language and curriculum development.

In Madhya Pradesh, NEG-FIRE has developed a set of three books in Gondi and Hindi targeting children in 4-7 age groups. The first book contains the illustrations and words in Gondi-Hindi from children's surroundings, the second book comprises of selected stories and poems translated in Gondi from children text book. Third book is a reference book for the teachers, which is to help those teachers who don't know Gondi language and will improve the communication in the classroom. RajyaShiksha Kendra, a Madhya Pradesh SarvaShikshaAbhiyan Unit, granted permission to NEG-FIRE to pilot test its MLE material in 30 government schools in Mandala and Dindori districts of Madhya Pradesh.

As part of the pilot test, NEG-FIRE, in association with RajyaShiksha Kendra, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh conducted two rounds of training for 30 primary school teachers from 30 pilot schools of Mandla and Dindori. While the first round of training was organized during September 22-24, 2014 at Mawai, Mandla and September 25-27, 2014 at Samnapur, Dindori, the follow-up training was organized during January 20-21, 2015 at Mawai, Mandla and January 22-23, 2015 at Samnapur, Dindori. The objectives of the training were to build capacity of school teachers in using MT-based material and pedagogy and innovative teaching practices to enhance teaching-learning transactions in classrooms and the vocabulary and language proficiency of Class I and II children in pilot schools.

As part of the innovative teaching practices, use of Teaching Learning Materials (TLMs), local stories or anecdotes, and games or plays in classrooms go a long way in making learning an effortless and enjoyable exercise for children. That is why one of the objectives of the MT-Based MLE trainings was to motivate teachers to develop their own TLMs, games and story banks in the local language to be used in classrooms.

29,422 children are benefitting from the materials developed in 8 tribal languages being used in 10 districts in 7 states.

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