Mother Tongue Education: Nepal’s Educational Dilemma
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Burnett, Robert Griffiths
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This study set out to determine the value of mother tongue education in Nepal. Does education in the mother tongue empower minority students and help them succeed in school? How does it affect culture? This study consists of primary research conducted in the Kathmandu Valley as well as follow up research done at Franklin & Marshall College. I observed three private schools with different language instruction programs and interviewed several experts on the subject. I conclude that mother tongue education is vital to the preservation of culture, but economic empowerment is better served by learning Nepali or English from as early an age as possible. For this reason Nepal should adopt an education policy that protects mother tongue languages and introduces them in school from grade one, but also introduces Nepali and English as early as possible to allow students the greatest chance of success at learning all three languages.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2012
- F&M Theses Collection