It’s an undisputable fact that children learn better if they understand the language of instruction. When the school curriculum is delivered in a language that students are familiar with, and through which they can receive support from their parents, the potential to achieve better learning outcomes increases.
There are many benefits associated with mother tongue instruction. In addition to children learning better and faster, mother tongue education can also increase school access while reducing repetition and dropout rates.
GPE supports mother tongue education as a key component of the foundation of learning. On International Mother Tongue Day we review how three partner countries—Eritrea, The Gambia and Uzbekistan—with help from GPE, are implementing mother tongue programs.