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July 14, 2021

Loud and Clear: Teach Children in a Language They Use and Understand

The World Bank’s focus on foundational skills requires that issues of language and Language of Instruction be brought to the forefront of education policy discussions. Poor Language of Instruction policies harm learning, access, equity, cost-effectiveness, and inclusion. Yet, inappropriate Language of Instruction policies affect too many students in low- and middle-income countries. Given the large numbers of students being taught in languages that they do not understand globally, massive learning improvements are feasible by teaching in a small number of additional languages.

This discussion will present the World Bank’s first Policy Approach Paper on Language of Instruction, “Loud and Clear: Effective Language of Instruction Policies for Learning”, to outline its position and recommendations. The paper also offers an indication of the work that will be undertaken to support countries in introducing reforms that will result in more resilient, equitable, and effective systems by promoting teaching in the languages that students and teachers speak and understand best.

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Speakers

Alberto Rodriguez, Director, Strategy and Operations for Human Development, World Bank

Director, Strategy and Operations for Human Development, World Bank

Dena Ringold, Regional Director for Human Development in the Africa West and Central Region, World Bank

Regional Director for Human Development in the Africa West and Central Region, World Bank

Global Director for Education, World Bank

Dhir Jhingran, Founder Director of Language and Learning Foundation

Founder Director of Language and Learning Foundation

Hanada Taha, Endowed Chair Professor of Arabic Language at Zayed University

Endowed Chair Professor of Arabic Language at Zayed University

Dina Ocampo, Professor, University of the Philippines

Professor, University of the Philippines

Adama Ouane, Independent Adviser on Education for Development

Independent Adviser on Education for Development

Stanislas Ouaro, Minister of National Education and Literacy, Burkina Faso

Minister of National Education and Literacy, Burkina Faso

H.E Dr Geremew Huluka, State Minister of Education, Ethiopia

State Minister of Education, Ethiopia

Cinthya Game Vargas, Vice Minister of Education, Ecuador

Vice Minister of Education, Ecuador

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