[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.
[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.
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.
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.