Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education Pilot Program for Timor-Leste

Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education Pilot Program for Timor-Leste

A brief progress report on activities conducted January – May 2012.

The
 Mother 
Tongue‐Based 
Multilingual 
Education 
pilot 
program
 is 
a 
Ministry 
of 
Education 
initiative aimed
 at 
improving 
learning 
outcomes 
at 
the 
pre‐school 
and 
early 
grade 
of 
primary 
schooling 
levels. 
In February 
2011, 
the 
National 
Education 
Commission’s 
“Language 
in 
Education 
Working
 Group”
 launched
 its
“Mother 
Tongue‐Based
 Multilingual 
Education
–MTB‐MLE
‐
Policy 
for 
Timor‐Leste”.
 The 
policy 
had been 
commissioned
 some
 12 
months 
earlier 
by 
the 
Minister 
of 
Education, 
acknowledging 
the 
need 
for 
a
 comprehensive 
“language
 in 
education” 
policy, 
clearly 
rooted 
in 
Timor‐Leste’s 
educational
 and linguistic
 reality 
and 
in
 international 
best
 practice.
 The
 policy 
states 
that
 a 
student’s
 mother 
tongue 
should 
be
 used 
as 
a 
medium
 of 
instruction 
in 
pre‐primary 
education 
and
 in
 the 
first 
4 
years 
of 
primary schooling,
 thus 
enabling 
children 
to 
acquire
 the 
fundamental
 skills 
of 
reading
 and 
writing 
in 
the 
language 
they
 know
 best. 
This 
solid 
foundation 
in 
pre‐ 
and 
early 
literacy 
skills 
allows 
children 
to 
transition 
to the
 second, 
third 
and 
fourth 
languages 
with 
greater 
facility 
and 
speed. 
The 
National 
Strategic 
Plan 
2011‐ 2030 
references 
the 
policy’s 
recommendations 
on 
Pages 
18 
and
 27 
(Social 
Capital/Pre‐School Education/Social 
Inclusion). 
The 
policy’s 
Implementation 
Plan 
recommends
 an 
MTB‐MLE 
pilot 
program.

Pages from Timor-Leste_-_MLE_Pilot_Program_Progress_Report_01

Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO and Ministry of Education
2012