The politics of mother tongue based multilingual education: A case study on MLE for Juanga children in an eastern state of India

Urmishree Bedamatta

By Urmishree Bedamatta
Department of English, Ravenshaw University
Cuttack – 753 003
Odisha, India

Paper presented at the 2nd Philippine Conference Workshop on
Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE 2)
held February 16-18, 2012, at the Punta Villa Resort
Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Philippines



This paper is based on my exploratory study which adopted the grounded theory approach to analyze the mother tongue based multilingual education programme (MLE) for tribal education launched under the auspices of the Indian government flagship programme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (EFA). The subjects of this study were the Juangas, a primitive tribe in Odisha, an eastern state of India. The study examined two things: one, the use of the mother tongue in the primary classroom in a multilingual setting and two, the potential of the classroom as a site for multilingual transactions in the face of the national imperative to achieve universal elementary education.

To read the complete article, click on Bedamatta – The Politics of MTBMLE on MLE for Juanga Children in an Eastern State of India.

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