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[ANGOLA] The provincial department of Education, Science and Technology of Huíla Province, begins this school term with teaching the Umbundu and Nganguela vernacular languages in primary and secondary schools of Huíla Province, in order to allow children to improve learning, spirit of self-confidence and feeling of cultural integration.
Asked at the start of their first Chinese class what motivated them to take up the language, the students of the Institut de la Providence, a secondary school outside Namur in Belgium, give their new teacher varied answers.
“It’s a big country,” says one. “I’ve been to China and would like to go back,” ventures another.
The two dozen teenagers are part of a pilot project started this autumn in nine Belgian schools to promote Chinese language learning. More broadly, they are among hundreds of thousands of students in the West who are opting to learn Mandarin Chinese, often at the expense of traditional languages such as Spanish or German. (via Mandarin has the edge in Europe’s classrooms - The Globe and Mail)

Asked at the start of their first Chinese class what motivated them to take up the language, the students of the Institut de la Providence, a secondary school outside Namur in Belgium, give their new teacher varied answers.

“It’s a big country,” says one. “I’ve been to China and would like to go back,” ventures another.

The two dozen teenagers are part of a pilot project started this autumn in nine Belgian schools to promote Chinese language learning. More broadly, they are among hundreds of thousands of students in the West who are opting to learn Mandarin Chinese, often at the expense of traditional languages such as Spanish or German. (via Mandarin has the edge in Europe’s classrooms - The Globe and Mail)

[PAKISTAN] A pilot project will be launched later this year in the southern province of Sindh as Pakistan looks to further strengthen ties with its giant neighbour.

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Now, education authorities in Sindh say they plan to make Mandarin compulsory in schools from Class 6 (10- and 11-year-olds).

"Our trade, educational and other relations are growing with China everyday and now it is necessary for our younger generation to have command over their language," said Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq¸ senior provincial education minister, as he unveiled the policy.

Unversed in Burundi’s official languages of French and Kirundi, children of refugees returning after decades spent in Anglophone countries, such as neighbouring Tanzania, often find it difficult to continue their studies and some drop out.
To ensure such students continue learning, a group of returnee teachers has set up an education centre in the commune of Mabanda in Makamba Province, near Tanzania. The teachers work without pay.
"We couldn’t just sit back while our children faced a lack of education due to a language barrier," Norbert Bitaboneka, the principal, told IRIN. (via IRIN Africa | BURUNDI: Helping returnee students overcome language barrier | Burundi | Children | Education | Refugees/IDPs)

Unversed in Burundi’s official languages of French and Kirundi, children of refugees returning after decades spent in Anglophone countries, such as neighbouring Tanzania, often find it difficult to continue their studies and some drop out.

To ensure such students continue learning, a group of returnee teachers has set up an education centre in the commune of Mabanda in Makamba Province, near Tanzania. The teachers work without pay.

"We couldn’t just sit back while our children faced a lack of education due to a language barrier," Norbert Bitaboneka, the principal, told IRIN. (via IRIN Africa | BURUNDI: Helping returnee students overcome language barrier | Burundi | Children | Education | Refugees/IDPs)

A group of South African Indian teachers have asked the Education Ministry to recognise five Indian languages Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati and Telugu as optional third language in the school curriculum.

The five main mother tongues of South African Indians will die out completely in 50 years if they are not taught as formal school subjects, the teachers said.

[AUSTRALIA]: EVERY student will be required to study a second language for at least 300 hours before year 7, with Chinese and Italian the first to be taught under the national curriculum.

The draft shape of the national curriculum for languages, to be released today, says curriculums for 11 foreign languages will be developed to be taught in schools.

The curriculum has been criticised for failing to include classical languages, such as Latin, or the Australian sign language Auslan. Advertisement: Story continues below

The first national language curriculums to be developed will be Chinese and Italian - chosen because they cater for the greatest range of students - and a framework for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.