Ferdinand (2008). Technical Findings of MoEST Principles, Practice and Planning of Multilingual Education Workshop
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This workshop was organised by the Department of National Languages, MoEST, Juba. The workshop was for participants invited by the SMoEs of the states of Equatoria; Central (CES), Eastern (EES) and Western (WES). Similar workshops had already been run for the states of Greater Bahr El Ghazal and Greater Upper Nile. This report summarises the technical f indings of this latest workshop and gives recommendations arising from the workshop.
This report draws on the following:
• discussions during the workshop
• the written assignments done (often by state groups) during the workshop
See Appendix B for the timetable used for the workshop.
The workshop involved a lot group work with participants mainly working together with people from the same state to analyze their situation at the state level. A few assignments were also done in language related groups. Most participants engaged well with the course and with the group work. Whilst some participants were extremely able and coped well with the high academic content of the workshop, others struggled as the sessions were delivered in English. During the group work, participants could use their languages of choice, which helped those with less English skills to grasp more through discussion with their colleagues.
The group work was collected after each assignment and typed up by the facilitators, so that an electronic copy of the work could be kept by MoEST, SIL and also distributed back to the states. Each state group kept a folder with the handwritten copies of this work. Each collection of write-ups are titled ‘State Write-up of Group Work for Principles, Practice and Planning of MLE Workshop’. For the purpose of brevity in this report they are referred to collectively as the ‘State Write-ups’. These writeups are a significant part of the input for this technical report.
Note, as there was limited time in the workshop, the write-ups done should not be taken as complete pieces of work, but as good starting drafts for further development.