October 1, 2011

P500T to promote multilingual education in Ifugao

(01Oct2011 by: ifugao posts)
The Provincial School Board in the province of Ifugao has expressed its full support to boost the Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education (MTBMLE) program. An amount of PhP500,000 will be initially allocated for the purchase and distribution of books related to the program. The remaining funds will be used to further enhance teaching abilities of teachers in multi-lingual courses. This program will allow the teaching of mother tongue (tuwali, ayangan, kalanguya) in the basic education curriculum across different schools in the province.
Multilingual education gains Ifugao support

By DEXTER A. SEE/ Manila Bulletin
September 30, 2011, 8:03pm

LAGAWE, Ifugao, Philippines — The provincial government here expressed Friday its full support to the Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education Program (MTBMLE) which is geared towards advancing the status of basic education in the whole province by 2012.
Ifugao Governor Eugene Balitang, who also chairs the Provincial School Board, earmarked a total amount of P500,000 to augment funds for the purchase of books and for trainings on the implementation of the so-called multilingual education program.
“The program is based on the pedagogical principle that teaching should root from the known which, in the case of the province, lay in the native dialects of Tuwali, Ayangan, Kalanguya and others, before venturing in the known,” said Gloria Baguingan, a doctorate on language, reading and numeracy education with specialization on contextualized learning.
Balitang said he believes that the program will improve pupils’ attitudes toward learning and likewise to teachers whose competence will be challenged to perform well, thus, there will be a substantial improvement in the delivery of education to the students in all the public schools all over the province and help uplift the status of education for school-aged children beginning in the school year 2011-2012.
The MTBMLE will be integrated within the formal education system, following the national curriculum set by the Department of Education.
The DepEd here said that the educational materials are already available and ready for distribution to the different schools.
“This program makes a bridge easier for the child to venture unto the known. As a matter of fact, several experiments have been undertaken in various languages in all levels of basic education which proved that using the child’s mother tongue as a way of teaching Science, Math and English is effective and gives the children a chance to further excel in their studies as they will be able to fully understand the lessons being taught through the local dialect before translating the same to English,” said Baguingan.
Baguingan said the program is an innovative idea in education which came about due to the incessant working of Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and different educators in the cultural minorities in the country so that children will be able to actively learn through the multiligual system of education beneficial to the children of indigenous cultural communities.

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