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40% of school children do not access education in a language they understand

20, Feb 2016

A new paper by UNESCO’s global education monitoring report says that 40% of schoolchildren do not access education in a language they understand. The policy paper was released ahead of the international mother language day on 21 February. It raises the argument that being taught in a language other than their own, can negatively impact children’s learning, especially for those living in poverty. The paper has key recommendations to ensure that children are taught in a language they understand: