Globalising the Local

Ajit K. Mohanty, Minati Panda, Robert Phillipson, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas have edited the book Multilingual Education for Social Justice, published recently by Orient Blackswan.

"The principles for enabling children to become fully proficient multilinguals through schooling are well known. Even so, most indigenous/tribal, minority and marginalised children are not provided with appropriate mother-tongue-based multilingual education (MLE) that would enable them to succeed in school and society.

Experts from all continents ask why, and show how it CAN be done. The book discusses general principles and challenges in depth and presents case studies from Canada and the USA, northern Europe, Peru, Africa, India, Nepal and elsewhere in Asia. Analysis by leading scholars in the field shows the importance of building on local experience. Sharing local solutions globally can lead to better theory, and to action for more social justice and equality through education."

The Editors have impressive credentials. Ajit Mohanty is at the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, who has published in the areas of psycholinguistics, multilingualism and multilingual education focusing on education, poverty and disadvantage among linguistic minorities. Minati Panda is a cultural psychologist with special interests in culture, cognition and mathematics. She is an Associate Professor of the Social Psychology of Education at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Robert Phillipson is a Professor Emeritus at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas is actively involved with minorities’ struggle for language rights since five decades.

In our Education section, in paperback, 408 pages. Rs 675, ISBN: 9788125036982

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