WHEREAS, we recognize and appreciate the bold initiatives of the Department of Education to make Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education a key component of the new basic education curriculum institutionalized through Republic Act (RA) 10533;
WHEREAS, RA 10533 states that the new basic curriculum shall be relevant, contextualized, localized and culturally sensitive, especially in the production and development of teaching materials;
WHEREAS, the policy provides that for the kindergarten and the first three (3) years of elementary education, instruction, teaching materials and assessment shall be in the languages of the region and the native language of the learners;
WHEREAS, the Department of Education (DepEd) is directed to formulate a mother language transition program from Grade 4 to Grade 6;
NOW, THEREFORE, the delegates of the First International Congress on the Ilokano Language duly assembled:
RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved, TO SUPPORT A ROBUST AND VIBRANT IMPLEMENTATION OF MOTHER TONGUE-BASED MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION (MTBMLE) FROM KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE THREE INCLUDING THE TRANSITION PHASE FROM GRADE FOUR TO SIX AS PROVIDED BY RA 10533 “THE ENHANCED BASIC EDUCATION ACT OF 2013″
SPECIFICALLY, we pose the following components to enhance the potential of the MTBMLE program:
- MTBMLE teachers’ training and instructional materials provided at the kindergarten level and not just at grade one
- Mechanisms to maximize the localization of instructional materials, reflecting the lives and language variety of the community.
- Appropriate MTBMLE approaches for private schools to likewise include languages of the region in harmony with the MTBMLE program of public schools.
- Researched-based interventions for the delivery of instruction in multilingual classrooms so that pupils whose L1 is not the official medium of instruction will be able to succeed
- An effective transition plan with substantive representation of the first language and gradual introduction of other languages as mediums of instruction. For example,
a. Maintaining the MTBMLE as a learning area up to at least grade six
b. L1 as medium of instruction in at least four learning areas in grade 4
c. L1 as medium of instruction in at least three learning areas in grade 5
d. L1 as medium of instruction in at least two learning areas in grade 6
e. L1 as an auxiliary medium of instruction in the remaining grade levels
- The teaching of Filipino as a national language in the context of linguistic democracy recognizing the multilingual nature of the Philippines and the various debates and perspectives surrounding the national language.
- Opportunities for children to use their languages in a wide assortment of activities to complement their formal instruction, foster a creative language and literacy environment, and raise the public image of DepEd’s MTBMLE program, particularly among parents. It is hence timely for the guidelines of various events to be carefully reviewed and adjusted to make room for the mother tongue, such as in the following activities:
a. National Schools Press Conference
b. Campus journalism
c. National Heritage Month
d. International Mother Language Day
e. Cinepambata Video Festival
f. Sagisag Kultura Competition
g. National Reading Month
h. National Festival of Talents
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Nakem International and Nakem Philippines, the organizers of this Congress duly assembled, are willing to assist the Department of Education in offering a pool of language experts, educators, writers and editors realizing any of the aforementioned proposals;
ADOPTED at the First International Congress on the Ilokano Language held at Hotel Supreme, Baguio City from 23-25 October 2014.