01 September 12
A. Ali and S. Sikder
The Multilingual Education Program aims to improve the education outcomes of indigenous children through establishing a multilingual pre-primary school (PPS) education system. Key to this system is the creation of linguistically and culturally appropriate resources and activities, as well as involving mothers and community members in the schools.
The evaluation scope included PPS activities over a ten-year period. Quantitative and qualitative methods included a document and literature review, interviews, field visits and the surveying of all pre-primary schools, as well as a random selection of partnering organisations (seven out of 21 partners).
Key achievements over the ten years have been the enrollment of 16,000 indigenous children in schools; with nearly 60 percent of them graduating and mainstreamed in primary education. Current school attendance rate is more than 95 percent for pre-primary students. Influence on national policy was also achieved, with the National Education Policy 2010 stating that the government will promote multilingual education for indigenous children.