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Few would disagree that one of the most remarkable aspects of India is the rich diversity of the cultures, traditions and languages which are found among the people living in this vast country. There is no better symbol for this diversity than the ancient banyan tree with its huge structure, deep roots and many branches which give shelter to so many different living beings.
Choosing the languages that are to be used in primary education is therefore no easy matter, and decisions will necessarily depend on local and regional infrastructures which vary enormously. While many teachers intuitively know that it is important to use the languages children speak at home also as the medium of instruction in school, there is considerable parental pressure to use more English in schools. Managing and reconciling different demands is no easy matter for policy makers and evidence is needed to ensure these decisions are well-informed. For this reason, Professor Ianthi Tsimpli from Cambridge University, and co-investigators from Reading University and academic institutions in India have started a new research project which focuses on multilingualism in primary schools in India. The project – in partnership with British Council – aims to provide policy makers, teachers, parents and (last but not least) the children themselves with new evidence which can help them to make better choices about schooling.
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