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Language, democracy and education in Africa
The Nordic Africa Institute.
2002 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This publication comprises two papers, both written during January and February 2002 when the author was a guest researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI).

In the first paper, "The Language Question in Africa seen in the Context of Globalisation, Social Justice and Democracy", the language question is looked at through the eyes of a social and political scientist. The choice of an official language in Africa is viewed as a question of social class, of power. What social classes profit from the continued use of European languages in Africa? Who benefits? Who loses? The focus here is not only on language use in education but also on language use in the courts and in the political domain, especially in South Africa. Examples are mostly drawn from South Africa and Tanzania, where the author is conducting two research projects in the area of language and education.

The second paper, "The Battle over the Language of Instruction in Tanzania", describes two further research projects in which the author is currently involved. In this paper, the author focuses on the question of the language of instruction through the eyes of an educationist. The paper builds on recent research conducted in Tanzania by the author and her Tanzanian Master's degree students.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2002. , 47 p.
Series
Discussion Paper, ISSN 1104-8417 ; 15
Keyword [en]
South Africa, Tanzania, Democracy, Education, Language Policy, Languages of instruction, Globalization
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-191ISBN: 91-7106-491-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-191DiVA: diva2:242109
Note
CONTENTS -- The Language Question in Africa seen in the Context of Globalisation, Social Justice and Democracy -- Globalisation -- In search of social justice – the language policy of South Africa -- The language of the courts -- Redistribution of power between social classes -- Democracy and multipartyism -- Elimu ya Siasa in Tanzanian secondary schools: The change from civics to siasa -- Change from Elimu ya Siasa back to civics in 1992 -- The Battle over the Language of Instruction in Tanzania -- A research project is born -- Field trips to Tanzania in 2001 -- A historical glance at language policies -- Description and analysis of current language policies -- What has happened to the Sera ya Utamaduni language policy of 1997? -- The forces working for and against change -- How teachers cope in secondary school classrooms in TanzaniaAvailable from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-02 Last updated: 2009-10-07Bibliographically approved

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