[Edling] Local Language and Human right in education

David Balosa dbalosa1 at umbc.edu
Mon Jan 19 21:45:20 UTC 2015

I thought this book might be of interest to some of us (ISBN:
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There seems to be general agreement that children learn better when they
understand what the teacher is saying. In Africa this is not the case.
Instruction is given in a foreign language, a language neither pupils nor
the teachers understand well. This is the greatest educational problem
there is in Africa. This is the problem this book discusses and it is
therefore an important book. The recent focus on quality education becomes
meaningless when teaching is given in a language pupils do not understand.
Babaci-Wilhite concludes that any local curriculum that ignores local
languages and contexts risks a loss of learning quality and represent a
violation of children's rights in education. The book is highly
recommended. Birgit Brock-Utne, Professor of Education and Development,
University of Oslo, Norway Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite's illuminating African
case studies display a mastery of the literature on policies related to not
only language policies integrally related to human rights in education, but
to the relationship between education and national development. The book
provides a paradigm shift from focusing on the issue of schooling access to
the very meaning education has for personal and collective identity and

you may  also be interested to know more about the author


*David M. Balosa, MS.Ed/TESOL, MA.Ed
*Doctoral Student, PhD Program in Language, Literacy and Culture (LLC)*

Interculturalists GSO President 2012-2013
*University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
**1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250*

There is no price for human dignity!
The world would be a better place if we all strive for 'intercultural
justice' and global intercultural citizenship.
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