A call for papers: International conference on Language, Education and the MDGs
(July 2010) An international conference on Language, Education and the Millennium Development Goals will be held 9–11 November in Bangkok, Thailand. SIL International is one of ten organizations from the Asia Multilingual Education Working Group co-organizing the event.
The other organizations are UNESCO, Research Institute of Languages and Cultures of Asia (RILCA), UNICEF, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), CARE, Save the Children, Royal Thai Institute, ASEAN Regional Center of Excellence on Millennium Development Goals and Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education.
Purpose of the conference
Languages are more than tools for communication. They help shape the identity of individuals and groups, as well as being a key element in social integration and cultural development. Languages are also strategically important for attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All (EFA).
Despite aggregate gains worldwide in achieving the MDGs and EFA, the rate of development for the world’s ethnolinguistic minorities continues to lag. They are at risk for even greater disparities that hinder efforts to overcome poverty, illiteracy, disease, and the likelihood of conflict arising from exclusion.
This conference will provide a forum to enhance understanding, inspire meaningful action and increase access to education and development opportunities for ethnolinguistic communities, through:
- Increasing understanding of the linkages between language and achieving the MDGs and EFA
- Fostering connections among a broad set of actors to support activities that integrate language and education as crosscutting themes in achieving the MDGs and EFA
- Informing policy makers and development partners on good practices to effectively incorporate language and education into strategies and policies to achieve the MDGs and EFA
Call for papers
The Organizing Committee invites submission of papers and perspectives that highlight relevant local, national or comparative research and practice in the following thematic areas of the conference. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 July. Registration will open this month.
- Language and Universal Primary Education (MDG 2)
- Language and Gender Equality (MDG 3)
- Language, Health, Nutrition and Protection (MDGs 4, 5, 6)
- Language and Sustainable Development (MDGs 1, 7)