As regards training of teachers, teachers of MLE schools will be imparted training on Class-I to Class-V training manual. Newly recruited teachers will be trained on Class-I & II MLE classroom transaction. Instructional materials for Class-I, II, III and IV on MLE approach will be prepared and distributed to 544 MLE schools covering 10 languages. Special grant of Rs.10, 000/- will be provided to the Schools which will adopted MLE during 2011-12 for setting up of model MLE classroom.
ii.Adoption of 16 (sixteen) new tribal languages under MLE approach:
The new languages to be adopted during this year will be as followings:
There are 62 scheduled tribes in Odisha out of which 26 scheduled tribes have their ethnic language. Rest of the tribes has been assimilated to the mainstream Oriya language. Out of the living languages of the tribes of Odisha in the first instance 10 tribal languages have been adopted under MLE approach.
During last 4 years , OPEPA has contributed substantially for the promotion of primary education in mother tongue learning from the national and international experience. Even the intensive curriculum development, material development from the respective cultural context have been a challenging task. But the MLE resource groups are able to overcome the task and successfully prepared the materials. The MLE groups of Odisha have the experience on MLE approach and there is a strong resource group in the field which can provide its support if new languages are adopted under MLE approach.
Initial work for adoption of MLE in these new tribal languages will take at least 7-8 months. This includes identification of resource groups in different languages, orientation of resource groups, and exposure visit of resource groups to MLE schools of neighbor districts, collection of resource materials for preparation of curriculum, learning materials, and teacher training module. Providing a strong foundation in the district and the community would help the MLE to be grounded in the schools effectively. Classes in ten new tribal languages will be initiated during 2012-13 academic session.
Inclusion of 16 language under MLE approach
||Name of the Tribe
||Name of the Language
||Name of the District
||Gutob & Ollari
||Nabarangapur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Sundargarh, Sambalpur
||Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Mayurbhanj
||Dhenkanal, Khurdha, Malkangiri, Jajpur
||Koraput, Nabrangpur, Malkangiri
||Gajapati, Khurdha, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Dhenkanal, Cuttack
||Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Balasore