In 2021, the Federal Institute of the Native Languages of the Peoples of the Russian Federation will develop an educational portal for studying the languages of the indigenous peoples of the North, TASS reports with reference to the Head of the Centre for Nomadic Education Natalya Sitnikova.
According to Sitnikova, more than half of the children in Yakutia are bilingual. It is this phenomenon that is studied by specialists who prepare recommendations for organizing education in a bilingual environment because, according to research, a child who speaks two languages is easier to learn another language.
Experts are sure that mastering the native language should take place without leaving parents, in a nomadic environment. According to the concept of nomadic education, children of indigenous peoples who roam with their families learn their native language in primary school and preschool age. Currently, in Yakutia, only 40 out of 70 schools in places of compact residence of the indigenous peoples of the North study their native language.
The expert considers the targeted training of teachers and educators for nomadic schools and kindergartens from among the representatives of the tribal communities of the indigenous minorities of the North to be one of the ways to solve the problem. And according to a researcher at the National Library of Yakutia, Alexey Ivanov, the digitalization of the learning process can solve the problem.