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Andhra Pradesh to make English the medium of instruction in state-run schools

The Andhra Pradesh government is set to make all government elementary schools ‘English-medium’ from the next academic year. The decision of the government is mainly due to two reasons. First, there is a general belief that English-medium students can get good jobs as compare to Hindi medium. And secondly, economically constrained families are shifting their ..

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Papua New Guinea highest number of ‘living’ indigenous languages in world

Ethnologue (a directory of languages) lists 7,111 living languages worldwide (languages that are still being used and spoken by people). According to it, Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has the highest number of ‘living’ indigenous languages in the world (840), while India stands 4th with 453. Interestingly, the U.S. (335 languages) and ..

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2019 International Mother Language Day (IMLD)

The International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is observed every year on 21st of February to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Since 2019 is also the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL19), the theme of this year’s IMLD is “Indigenous Languages as a factor in development, peace and reconciliation”. At least 43% of the ..

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Odisha Govrnement comes out with lexicons of 21 rare tribal languages to preserve vanishing native languages in State

The Odisha government has come out with lexicons of 21 rare tribal languages to preserve vanishing native languages in State with largest tribal diversity. The bilingual tribal dictionaries will be used in Multilingual Education (MLE) initiated by the State government at the elementary level in tribal-dominated districts. The bilingual tribal dictionaries for MLE and trilingual ..

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