$25 Million for Mother Tongue Language Learning and Promotion Committees to Create Even More Impact over the Next Five Years

Published Date: 05 September 2015 12:00 AM

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1. As we celebrate Singapore’s unique national heritage in this SG50 year, and recognise the important role of the three Mother Tongue Language Learning and Promotion Committees (MTLLPCs) in promoting bilingualism in our schools and our society, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will significantly strengthen support for the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL), the Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee (MLLPC), and the Tamil Language Learning and Promotion Committee (TLLPC).

2. MOE will increase our funding commitment for the three committees over the next five years by about 50%, from $16.6 million (2011-2015) to $25 million (2016 - 2020). About 80% of government funds for each committee in this five-year tranche will be assured funding while the rest will be set aside as a 1:1 matching grant for funds raised by the community to support the three MTLLPCs’ efforts. The matching grant serves to encourage continued support and goodwill from the community, while the assured funding will provide the three MTLLPCs with greater certainty to plan and scale effective flagship programmes into longer-term initiatives.

3. The Government’s strong funding commitment will allow the three MTLLPCs to focus their efforts more on harnessing the expertise, resources and energy of the public and other community partners to further promote our three official Mother Tongue Languages (MTLs) as living languages in Singapore, so as to provide a rich and supportive language environment for our students to learn these languages within our local context.

4. The MTLLPCs were established between 2005 and 2006 to rally community support to create an environment in our society that is conducive to the learning and usage of our three official MTLs.

5. Over the past five years, the three MTLLPCs have initiated a wide range of programmes and activities that leverage the expertise and networks of various community stakeholders, to create a vibrant environment for promoting the use of MTLs in and beyond schools. Some examples of the flagship programmes are:

  • CPCLL had tapped on a network of renowned local writers, representatives from community organisations and media personnel for programmes such as Speakers’ Series and Author-in-Residence, to inspire students and broaden their perspective in the relevance and beauty of the Chinese Language.
  • MLLPC had leveraged the expertise of academics in the National Institute of Education (NIE) to organise the Malay Finesse Camp for parents and students.
  • TLLPC also collaborated with the Tamil Language Council, and other key Tamil institutions, to organise the annual Tamil Language Festival - a series of literary, oratorical and cultural programmes to motivate students to embrace the Tamil Language and use it in their daily lives.

6. Besides existing programmes, there are several new initiatives in the pipeline that seek to further widen the reach of programmes and activities initiated by the three MTLLPCs.

  • CPCLL will work with local arts groups to bring literary and cultural activities to the heartlands to create a more supportive environment for the learning and appreciation of the Chinese Language.
  • MLLPC will explore collaborations with performing arts groups to allow students to watch or even participate in cultural performances and plays, so as to immerse themselves in Malay culture.
  • TLLPC will engage community partners to launch poetry, song writing and short-film making competitions, to encourage the use of the Tamil Language in a fun and creative way.
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