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Promise and perils of mother tongue education

This paper discusses means for achieving this goal in linguistically diverse societies. It describes the promises
and perils of education through the child’s first language or mother tongue, drawing from the speaker’s
experiences with three national programs, each in different phases:
• those that are in the preparatory phase, such as the mother tongue education program in Vanuatu
• relatively new programs, such as the mother tongue primary education program in Eritrea

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