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Effective practices for education - 12th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues
29 Nov 2019 -  Item 4: Effective practices for education in, and the teaching of, minority languages

Beyond purely human rights or public policy considerations, it is essential to keep in mind the pedagogical value and significance of teaching in minority languages, and the impact it may have on learning outcomes for minority children, as well as on their interaction with other members of society. Participants will make reference to inclusive pedagogical approaches and teaching methods, including methods for teaching in, and for the teaching of, minority languages. Participants will also discuss the various types of educational institutions accommodating education in, and the teaching of, minority languages.

Participants will share experiences relating to the opportunities available to linguistic minorities to learn and receive education in their languages. They will discuss effective practices relating to the inclusion of minority languages in national curricula, such that individuals belonging to other linguistic communities have the opportunity to be exposed to minority languages. The effective involvement of minorities in the design and implementation of educational programmes, as well as practices relating to intercultural exchanges and activities carried out among different language groups inside and outside educational settings, will be discussed.

Participants will be invited to reflect on the relationship between education in, and the teaching of, a minority language and the learning of a majority, State or official language.

The panel discussion is moderated by Mr. Benyam Mezmur, Member of the Committee of the Rights of the Child
• Mr. Tamás Kiss, Researcher at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities
• Ms. Linda Tsung, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, University of Sydney
• Mr. Salih Akin, Assistant Professor at Rouen University in France

Interactive Dialogue

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