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Analysis of linguistic environment and instructional implications for preschool children in Ouré Cassoni Refugee Camp in Chad

This resource provides a comprehensive report on the linguistic context of young learners in the Ouré Cassoni Refugee Camp as well as instructional implications of the status quo.

National languages and teacher training in Africa

This document provides responses to common questions regarding the feasibility of mother tongue instruction of African languages. It provides suggested methodologies for teaching reading and math, using African culture and games as references. It provides a thorough overview of how linguistic properties of African languages need to be considered when teaching reading and transitioning to a foreign language.

Policy guide on the integration of African languages and cultures into education systems

The purpose of this guide is to affirm the policy stance that multilingual and multicultural education should be chosen as the general education system in African countries, with a view to the transformation of African societies. The aim of this transformation, in turn, is to reduce poverty hrough sustainable development based on African languages and cultures. For this reason, it should be pursued through the programs of existing institutions, whose capacity needs to be strengthened accordingly.

Language of Instruction and Quality of Learning in Tanzania and Ghana: The impact of language of instruction, teacher training and textbooks on quality of learning in Africa

This brief presents research conducted in Tanzania and Ghana, comparing classroom processes in lessons taught in English and in African languages. The results show how the language used influences teaching strategies, but also the potential of teacher professional development to address this. In Tanzania, and to a lesser extent in Ghana, teachers used a wider range of teaching and learner involvement strategies when they taught lessons in African languages than in English.

Cost Implications of the Provision of Mother Tongue and Strong Bilingual Models of Education in Africa

This chapter presents a detailed analysis of the estimated cost of developing and delivering mother tongue-based multilingual education in Africa.

Optimizing Learning and Education in Africa – the Language Factor: A Stock-taking Research on Mother Tongue and Bilingual Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

This must-read report presents a comprehensive overview of mother tongue and multilingual education issues in sub-Saharan Africa, including issues related to policy, program design and cost.

Africa’s Education Financing Challenge

Apr 27 2011 10:30 am
Apr 27 2011 10:30 am
US/Eastern
Student enrollment and expenditures per student have been on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade. Yet, financing gaps still exist for achieving universal quality education throughout the region, especially in countries with strong demographic pressures. Many African countries are facing a dilemma of how best to balance scarce resources and the growing demands to improve education quality for their children and youth.
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