SEAMEO QITEP in Language conducts Seminar on the Use of Mother Tongue/ Local Language to improve Elementary Students’ Competence

 SEAMEO QITEP in Language conducts Seminar on the Use of Mother Tongue/  Local Language to improve Elementary Students’ Competence

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The General Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), Prof Ainun Naim, Ph D, presented the importance of mother tongue/local language in education to fifty three participants during the opening ceremony of Seminar on the Use of Mother Tongue/Local Language to Improve Elementary Students’ Competence in Century Park Hotel, South Jakarta on 24 September 2014.

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This seminar was a collaboration of SEAMEO QITEP in Language (the Centre) with The Analytical and Capacity Development Partnership (ACDP)-Asian Development Bank (ADB) Jakarta which is part of the programme at the Research and Development Agency, MoEC. It aimed to disseminate the results survey of needs analysis on the development of Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education (MTB MLE) Programme in West Java and Yogyakarta provinces conducted by the Centre as well as to gather infomation on best practices of the use of mother tongue/local language in some provinces of Indonesia to support elementary students’ learning.

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The keynote speakers on this seminar were Dr Erman Syamsuddin from General Directorate of Early Childhood Education, Formal and Non-formal Education, Dr Dewi Utama Faizah from General Directorate of  Primary Education, Dr Sheldon Shaeffer from UNESCO Bangkok, Prof Suwilai Premsrirat, Ph D and Mr Uniansasmita Samoh from Research Institute for Language and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University, Bangkok as well as Dr Felicia Nuradi Utorodewo from SEAMEO QITEP in Language. Moreover, fifty three participants comprising language educators from various universities, MTB MLE fellows, education officials from various provinces and stakeholders from the Ministry of Education and Culturejoined this event on 24-25 September 2014. During the two day event, the participants discussed and shared the best practices of the use of mother tongue/local language in their provinces. However, the concept of MTB MLE still needs to be advocated to various education stakeholders in the central government or provinces.

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In the closing ceremony, the Centre Director, Dr Felicia Nuradi Utorodewo, pointed out that the Centre plans to conduct a biannual seminar which aims to disseminate the progress of the implementation of the use of mother tongue as medium of instruction and select as well as compile the Indonesia folklores for the learning process.