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Promoting togetherness through bringing awareness to the value of all languages and culture

Dulala

location_on France
Dulala is a national resource and training centre on bilingual and plurilingual education to promote inclusive educational projects. Aimed at educators working within the field of early childhood and childhood, we offer training as well as innovative teaching methods and resources. Our goal is that languages within a group become a value and a resource for all.
Marie-Paule, teacher, Paris
What is essential is the promotion of valued family languages in order to create a more respectful relationship, notably for the underpriviledged children in the classroom

Marie-Paule, teacher, Paris

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Embracing ALL Languages

Where it started... 

It all started in a small school in an underpriviledged district of Paris. An Italian teacher, Anna Stevanato, had made an important observation:  the native languages of pupils are all too often invisible at school. Notwithstanding, she realized that taking these into account and sharing them within the classroom context had tremendous positive effects as to better learning and improved “living together".

What we observe:

Structures in education are becoming more and more multilingual, notably because of the large number of immigrant children. Despite the emphasis placed on family languages and native tongues in different academic programmes, teachers and educators often feel powerless when faced with plurilingualism. 

Research demonstrates that the language of a child is not an obstacle when learning French or any other foreign language. On the contrary, making welcome the native language within the child's everyday experience promotes learning, inclusion and an openness to the world.

What we do:

Since 2009, Dulala has helped over 8000 educational players to set up inclusive, plurilingual and intercultural education in order to meet the challenges of mixed schools in the 21st century.

How? Through innovative educational resources and both on-site and on-line training courses. 

Dulala, as a training organisation, assists the different actors within the educative, cultural or social fields in the setting up of projects that are open to the many languages in play. In order to create useful practice and resources which are tested in the field, Dulala works with networks of researchers and with qualified professionals.

Our activities respond to 3 major societal challenges: 

Allowing academic success through the development of language. This ability in language develops up to the age of 7 and stems from the various languages spoken within the family. These represent the child’s first experience of verbal communication. Highlighting these languages and encouraging their transmission contributes to the learning of French

Participating in social cohesion by facilitating the construction of a stress-free plural identity. The latter develops through the reinforcement of self-confidence, in particular through the valuing of languages spoken within the family which constitute a sure landmark. 

Fighting against discrimination towards the mother tongue and towards the native speaker through the development of positive representation of diversity stemming from language awareness in Early Childhood.

More info: www.dulala.fr

Innovation Overview
TEACHERS
Target Group
16 000
Children/Users
1
Country
2009
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
254
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Achievements & Awards

February 2020
Innovation added to the HundrED
July 2019
Médaille de la Ville de Paris
January 2014
The book "Les langues de chats", edited by Dulala, has received the European Language Label
January 2013
Laurier national 2013, Fondation de France
March 2011
Anna Stevanato becomes an Ashoka Fellow
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