Lessons in breaking down barriers

Blogs article written on the 21 Oct 2013

Multilingual preschools in Bangladesh are breaking down barriers to education — and helping Indigenous children attend mainstream primary schools.

The multilingual education system began when Oxfam developed a curriculum to introduce pre-primary school indigenous children to the Bangla alphabet. The program was piloted in 1999 and expanded after 2004. By 2010, the number of pre-primary schools and language centres reached 186 and eight respectively, covering 11 districts and delivered in six indigenous languages.

The long-term advantages provided ample evidence of the program’s success. Students who had completed pre-primary school (PPS) language training achieved higher grades in school-level examinations, and had a school attendance rate average of 95 per cent.

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