Native language education paves the way for preschool readiness (Bolivia)

Bolivia preschool
UNICEF Bolivia/2019/Duranboger


In Bolivia, a linguistic revitalization programme, called Bilingual Nests, supports mothers, fathers, caregivers, grandparents and community leaders to guide their youngest children in learning their native language from an early age, paving the way for greater success in preschool through the transition to primary school and beyond: children who learn in their mother tongue in pre-primary and in the early grades are more likely to develop foundational skills than when taught in a second or unfamiliar language. Currently, 29 indigenous peoples participate in the Bilingual Nests strategy, which reaches approximately 2,314 children (1,135 girls) under five years of age nationwide.