Continuing the celebration of International Mother Language Day, the Global Reading Network invites you to join us on Wednesday, March 7, from 9:00-10:00 AM EST for a webinar exploring language issues within the context of early grade reading programs. The webinar, titled “Language Policy, Planning and Practice in Early Grade Reading Programs,” will feature the experiences of USAID-supported early grade reading programs in Ethiopia, Nepal and the Philippines.
Wendi Ralaingita, Senior Research Education Analyst at RTI International, will present on the experiences of Nepal and Ethiopia, countries which have mother tongue-supportive education policies. She will be joined by Jhum Rai, Undersecretary of the Nepal Language Commission. The presentation will discuss key policy and practice factors related to language, and how such factors supported or presented challenges for large-scale mother tongue reading programs. Implications for program planning will be discussed. Ralaingita is currently the Senior Reading Advisor for the USAID-supported Nepal Early Grade Reading Program (EGRP); she previously supported the Ethiopia READ TA project.
Dina Ocampo, Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction, Philippines Department of Education (2013-2017), and Global Reading Network Steering Committee member (2017-present), will provide an overview of the development of the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) policy in the Philippines. She will be followed by Susan Bruckner, Project Director for the EDC-implemented USAID Basa Pilipinas project, who will share how Basa collaborated with the Department of Education to support the implementation of the new policy in more than 3,000 schools with 15,700 teachers and 1.6 million children. Presentations will be followed by questions and a virtual discussion.