Namibia: Oshikwanyama Out of Erongo Classrooms

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Sun May 4 20:17:32 UTC 2008

 Forwarded from edling at

Namibia: Oshikwanyama Out of Erongo Classrooms

The Ministry of Education has decided to stop teaching the Oshikwanyama
language in Erongo schools from next semester, with only Oshindonga offered
as the alternative - much to the dismay of teachers and parents.
Swakopmund's Vrede Rede Primary School was the only school in the region
that introduced Oshikwanyama as an indigenous language about five years ago
- with much success. There was even mention that the language could be
introduced on secondary level. An informal survey showed that 147 of the 580
pupils at Vrede Rede had Oshikwanyama as first language or home language,
compared to 77 Oshindonga learners.

Full story:

Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone: (215) 898-7475
Fax: (215) 573-2138

Email: haroldfs at

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