1st Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education International Conference in the Philippines

Maricel D. Erama

Today (Jan. 17, 2011), I had the privilege of meeting with Diane E. Dekker, Multilingual Education Consultant of the Summer Institute of Linguistics (Philippines), and we dwelled a bit on the MTB-MLE international conference in the Philippines.  When I got home, I checked my email and saw Manuel Faelnar’s email regarding the international MTB-MLE conference being held January 18 – 20, 2011, at the Urdaneta City University, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, organized under the leadership of Dr. Maricel D. Erama, President of the Institute of Education Development and Innovation for Community Mobilization, in Manila Bulletin’s editorial:

“MANILA, Philippines – Educators, researchers, graduate students, Directors, Superintendents, and Heads of Schools and Universities in Asia Pacific gather today in Pangasinan for the International Conference on Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) Endeavor. The event, which is undertaken by the Institute of Education Development and Innovation for Community Mobilization (IEDICM) is anchored on the theme “Benchmarking: Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education Development, Practices and Challenges in the 21st Century in Asia Pacific.”

It will be keynoted by Dr. Shigekazu Takemura, Professor Emeritus of the Hiroshima University in Japan.

The international conference seeks to provide a comprehensive source of new data which will increase knowledge and information on global processes and perspective relative to MTB-MLE; identify MTB-MLE stakeholders; share teaching experiences and collective endeavors toward the development of strong MTB-MLE programs; create collaborative programs that promote institutional linkages for sustainable development; and develop an action plan for Asia Pacific Educators to foster MTB-MLE.

Paper presentations will be made on the following sub-themes: teaching experiences in the use of MTB-MLE; classroom-based and outdoor learning activities; MTB-MLE innovative learning assessment; MTB-MLE school-based and stakeholder’s management practices; MTB-MLE teacher-made learning materials; MTB-MLE contribution of local artist for relevant materials (artists, writers, painters, etc.); MTB-MLE scheme/initiative of the community, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, and local government units; and success stories of MTB-MLE learners.

It is hoped that the conference will come up with an international framework or model that would encompass the participants’ diverse cultures and experiences and pave the way for the production of new and innovative materials in aid of teaching that will be responsive to the needs of the current breed of learners and the challenges of the 21st century.

We congratulate the participants and organizers of the First International Conference on Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education Endeavor headed by its Chairperson Dr. Maricel D. Erama, other Officers and Members, and wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors.”

The plenary session topics include: Indigenization of Curriculum and Instruction, Development and Production of Materials, Institutional and Community Support, Pre- and In-service Teacher Training Program, and Learning Assessment Development. The third and last day of the conference is highlighted with a Workshop on Goal Setting, Research Agenda, Networking and Strategy in Teacher Education program and services.

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