MEC and partner organizations (MNEC, KEF, SJN-CBE and KED) attended to the Inclusion, Mobility and Multilingual Education Conference 2019 organized by UNESCO, British and other INGOs held on September 24-26, 2019 at the Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok Thailand.
The Conference aims to explore how an open and inclusive multilingual approach, especially in the context of education and wider society, to create linkages between policy, practice and research on how multilingual approaches can be used to advance (civic) participation, access, and learning for children and adults from marginalized and mobile communities.
In three day workshop, MEC participated in the Panel Discussion that highlighted to experiences from Ethnic Basic Education Providers in Myanmar and 4 Panelists: one from MNEC, two from SJN and KEF (representing KEC), and one from KED shared MTB-MLE experiences and challenges in Myanmar and learned about global challenges, opportunities, solutions and networking in MTB-MLE.
During the panel discussion, MEC partners had explained how an open and inclusive multilingual approach, especially in the context of education and wider society, could maximize outcomes and well-being for ethnic communities and for an increasingly mobile population.
Panelists also described how language policies and practices support access to justice, health and information, and civic participation. They also discussed about the challenges facing ethnic education systems in Myanmar and the successes experienced by EBEPs to date. The panel concluded with a discussion of changes to language policies and practices that EBEPs feel are required to promote social cohesion and recognition of their systems.
As a result, MEC and partners had benefited from networking with education leaders from Asian countries and respective education services providers in Asia region, which brought the opportunities to MEC Partners knowledge and broaden view on MTB-MLE programs.
MoE also observed MEC Panel session and listened to Kachin, Karen and Mon ethnic education leaders share their visions about MTB-MLE. Both MoE and EBEPs have the opportunity to observe examples from other countries (e.g., Cambodia) strongly supporting MTB-MLE.
The top policy leaders (from various countries) met together and came up with the Bangkok Statement for Language and Inclusion. It highlighted the need to foreground language concerns in education, investment for quality MLE, forging partnerships and language-specific data gathering.