> "Preservation of languages is our concern, and should be our > concern," says Narang, adding the mother tongue should be used as the medium > of instruction at the primary school level.
The language activist Tove Skutnabb-Kangas calls it 'linguistic genocide'. She argues forcefully that the best 'package' is 8-10 years of mother-tongue medium education with good quality and gradual teaching of the dominant language(s) by bilingual teachers in non-fee-paying state schools. She says that all the education-research shows that this is the most inclusive model, especially for children of minority groups and indigenous peoples.
Dunbar, Robert & Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove (2008). Forms of Education of Indigenous Children as Crimes Against Humanity? Expert paper written for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). New York: PFII. [In PFII' system: "Presented by Lars-Anders Baer, in collaboration with Robert Dunbar, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Ole Henrik Magga"]. http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/E_C19_2008_7.pdf
This was a keynote that she gave in April 2008 at a symposium "Linguistic Rights in the World, the current situation: A Symposium to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Universal Esperanto Association and the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights".
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