Adnan, 13 years, Syrian refugee living in Dohuk, northern Iraq: "I was in the 6th grade when we had to flee to Iraqi Kurdistan. After some months living in a camp we moved to Erbil, northern Iraq trying to get a better life. However in Erbil the (Sorani) dialect is spoken where as in northern Iraqi Kurdistan and the Syrian Kurds they speak the (Kermanji) dialect. This, along with the difference in the education system, has made it difficult for me to continue my education."

Language and learning photo blog: classroom challenges

Teacher Nguyen Thi Thanh XuanIn order to celebrate International Mother Language Day, we have collated a photo blog of teachers and students talking about the challenges that language education policies can have on teaching and learning. From Iraq to Vietnam, Honduras and Pakistan, the interviews support the key findings in our new paper out last week, ‘If you don’t understand, how can you learn?’

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  1. Yes everyone shoul take on themselve to help atleast one person to learn language or get one an internship so that he/she can come in communication with more people and he/she can develop further.

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