Research has shown that children learn better in their native language (Unesco, 2008a). Many educational systems in the world insist on adopting languages that are believed to have more privilege. As a consequence children are finding difficult to engage successfully with learning and the teachers are feeling overwhelmed by children’s poor achievement.
Unesco (2008b) attests growing interests in mother tongue-based education through a wide variety of models, tools and resources that have being developed and piloted to promote learning in children’s native language.
Unesco (2008a). Mother Tongue Matters: Local Language as a Key to Effective Learning. Paris: Unesco.
Unesco (2008b). Mother tongue instruction in early childhood education: A selected biography. Paris: Unesco.