Mother Tongue & Cultural Education
The Community language and mother tongue Project has been funded by Tower Hamlets Council’s Children, young people and Family Directorate.
As it is an on going project, Wapping Bangladesh Association continued to deliver its Bengali Mother Tongue and Cultural Education Classes in Bengali
language supporting children and young people were academically underachieving in their mainstream studies. We were keen to encourage children and young people to increase their literacy and numeracy skills and raise their educational achievements and this was a project that was well supported by local parents who felt that it was important that their children remained close to their roots while embracing British culture at the same time. The Mother Tongue Classes in Bengali Language forms an important educational activity of the Association.
In the Mother Tongue Classes the children were able to learn more about their history, culture and heritage so that the children developed their self esteem and
confidence in their own ethnicity. The Bengali Mother Tongue classes followed Tower Hamlets Curriculum under Foreign Languages criteria set out by the
The outcomes achieved showed
■ Improved reading, writing, speaking skills in Bengali amongst the children.
■Raised awareness of the culture, heritage and history of Bangladeshi children.
■ Good grades achieved in their class tests, SATS and GCSE examinations in Bengali.
■The classes attracted children into the learning processes after school hours
■ Improved communication skills that have helped strengthen relationships in their families
(children and their parents and other elders in the family are able to communicate better in Bengali,
help to bridge the communication gap) and the community.
■ That the children and young people had opportunities to develop new skills.
■ It has helped to reduce isolation by connecting young people and families to others from a similar
linguistic and cultural background.
■ That the Children were proud of their culture and heritage.
"Young people are taught discipline, good conduct
and trained to become loyal and self-respecting members of the society"