[lg policy] African countries using African languages in education?

Steve L. Sharra Steve.Sharra at mopipi.ub.bw
Wed Feb 25 13:47:13 UTC 2015


These are very helpful responses, Annette. Thank you for reaching out to your network.

It looks like once the policy is operational, Tanzania may be the only African country using an African language up to tertiary education levels. Unless there's a country we haven't heard about yet.

Thanks again,

Steve

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From: lgpolicy-list-bounces at groups.sas.upenn.edu [mailto:lgpolicy-list-bounces at groups.sas.upenn.edu] On Behalf Of Annette Islei
Sent: 25 February 2015 15:12
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Subject: Re: [lg policy] African countries using African languages in education?

A further response from Uganda - see hidden text below

Annette


Secretary of Language in Africa SIG, British Association for Applied
Linguistics (BAAL)

Founding Member / Advisor, Centre for Action and Applied Research for
Development (CAARD) (U) Ltd., Fort-Portal, Kabarole District, Uganda.
www.caard.co.ug<http://www.caard.co.ug>



On 24 February 2015 at 08:16, Hirome Tembe <tembehirome02 at gmail.com<mailto:tembehirome02 at gmail.com>> wrote:
Dear All,
Dr. Banda, you are right. The elite have for a long time misled the masses and perpetuated the interest of the custodians of the ex-colonial languages. Even the native speakers of these languages know what is best for their children, and we help them to maintain it.
In Uganda, we follow a multilingual language policy. We promote both the local languages, which should be used in teaching from Primary 1 - 4, while the ex-colonial language is also taught as a subject. The main concern, is that it is not enough to just use the local language only up to that level. There is no motivation for the learners to wish to learn more in it. The policy as it is, is not really committed to seeing the development of the languages, except for a few with ardent advocates who have pushed the learning in these languages beyond what the policy states.
Yes, it is a good policy that TZ is pursuing, and they need our support.
Juliet

On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 1:13 AM, DENNIS BANDA <dennisnk at hotmail.com<mailto:dennisnk at hotmail.com>> wrote:

Dear all,
 Zambia is now using 7 regional African languages as the languages of Instruction from grades 1-4. The only challenge we have is that the 7 are based on the zoning done at independence in 1965. There is a feeling that more languages must be used other than the 7. There is also a growing desire among many people that the selection criterion in colleges and universities should no longer be 5 'o ' levels with English but 5 'o' levels with a language and language could be English or any of the 7 Zambian languages. This is what is obtaining in Zimbabwe and South Africa. The elite do not seem to favour this but who cares about them anyway?

Dr. Dennis Banda
School of Education
 The University of Zambia
Department of language and Social Sciences


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Subject: Re: [lg policy] African countries using African languages in education?
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Please see below a question concerning use of African (non ex-colonial) languages in schools as languages of instruction in any African countries. The cause of the question is the new TZ policy of Kiswahili through to the 5th year of secondary education

Annette


Secretary of Language in Africa SIG, British Association for Applied
Linguistics (BAAL)

On 23 February 2015 at 16:18, Steve L. Sharra <Steve.Sharra at mopipi.ub.bw<mailto:Steve.Sharra at mopipi.ub.bw>> wrote:

Hello all,



With the new language in education policy, will Tanzania be the only country in Africa using an African language as a language of instruction? Would anybody know if there are other African countries that already use African languages for instruction in schools at any level?



Steve



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