Much work has gone into training teachers in how to help Grade 2 students bridge their literacy skills in the mother tongue to reading and writing in Filipino in three language communities. Now, SIL, along with Save the Children, are turning over these MTB-MLE* materials and training modules to the Department of Education. Pray for a smooth transition. Pray also for the Lord’s guidance in how SIL can continue to serve these communities and be a resource for the teachers.
*MTB-MLE stands for Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education and provides for education in a child’s mother tongue in the early grades, which has been proven to increase attendance, participation and learning. A strong foundation in the mother tongue also helps students to successfully acquire Filipino and English, which are the languages of instruction in later grades.