The growing number of international schools in India today are offering a variety of subjects that can be curated according to what the child needs. These subjects include a variety of foreign languages, apart from English and the native language.
But how does learning one's regional language influence overall education?
A released draft from the National Education Policy focused on the importance of learning one's mother tongue in the formative learning ages. Since India has 22 recognised major languages, schools in different parts of the country need to find a way to bridge these regional differences, while educating children to become global citizens.
This draft stated that schools may choose to offer language subjects of their regional languages up to 5th grade, which would help them bridge the gap of learning language through society and through formal means. This option has helped schools from around the country standardise how education is imparted, and how effectively it is absorbed by students.
This unique system allows the generation of tomorrow to be equipped with important 21st Century Skills, which propels them to become world class citizens.
Research studies show that there is a significant increase in cognitive and non-cognitive skills of multilingual students, and provide a boost to critical and logical thinking, as well as increase analytical skills. Another huge boon of having regional and English language classes is that it shapes children to be ready to engage with different people from across the world via the world recognised language, as well as keep a self-maintained identity via their mother tongue of their region.