Making the case for MTB-MLE will require an in-depth understanding of your community’s current language use, both in and out of school. The first step in conducting a “needs assessment” will include identifying language use in the community. Questions you should be able to answer include:
How many languages are spoken and by which groups?
Do children grow up learning only one language or do they learn more than one?
Based on the languages used in your community, what might be appropriate languages to use in school?
A “needs assessment” also will include gathering evidence as to whether the current education system is working well for children in your community.