The Every Language Teachers Us (ELTU) project, PAL Network’s multi-country applied research initiative, represented a direct response to the drastic changes and challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the education of children from minority groups around the world. Its primary goal was to support children’s remote learning and education through a foundational learning framework aimed at strengthening their basic skills and knowledge (reading, creativity, critical and mathematical thinking) through newly documented and locally sourced education materials in their native languages.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on education resonated with the existing disparities which further exacerbated challenges for vulnerable students and to continuing their education during the pandemic lockdown became difficult. Looking at how this problem unfolded, the ELTU project aimed to help disadvantaged students from indigenous groups who not only had to continue learning without the proper guidance but had to do it in a language other than their mother tongue. Accordingly, the primary goals of the ELTU project focused on:
To achieve ELTU’s main goals, the project was implemented in three stages:
The project was implemented in 8 countries across Asia, Africa, and North America: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Mexico, documenting resources in 36 languages across 30 districts/regions.
The following graph shows the number of languages per country in the ELTU project.
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Favour acquiring lyrics and poetic genres using metaphor and rhythm, prosodic and kinetic patterns, favouring language fluency and memory in any language.
At the end of the data collection phase, it was found that songs, legends and riddles were most common genres that were found among all the languages. In addition to the primary genres, over 300 other resources were collected, showcasing greetings, days of the month, seasons and names of plants and animals.