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  • Donald Z. Osborn
    FYI. The figure of 50 years is mentioned - one might also note that for the same period African countries have been talking about incorporating education in
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 3, 2005
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      FYI. The figure of 50 years is mentioned - one might also note that for the same
      period African countries have been talking about incorporating education in
      African languages, but many of them and donors have not done much to really put
      effort and resources into bilingual education until recently. (Fwd from
      MultiEd-L)... DZO


      Bilingual Education in the Spotlight

      The Namibian (Windhoek)
      NEWS
      August 3, 2005
      Posted to the web August 3, 2005

      By Carmen Honey
      Windhoek


      EDUCATION specialists from 17 African countries and a
      variety of backgrounds will join educationalists from
      France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the United Kingdom
      and the United States for a conference on bilingual
      education and the use of African languages in
      education this week.

      The three-day conference takes place at the Windhoek
      Country Club Resort from today.

      "Research has shown for the past 50 years that the use
      of African languages in education is a vital issue for
      the development of relevant and effective African
      education systems," one of the organisers, the
      Association for the Development of Education in Africa
      (ADEA) said in a press statement ADEA, the German
      co-operation agency GTZ, and the Unesco Institute for
      Education (UIE) are organising the event with the
      Ministry of Education and the French agency, AIF.

      ADEA said studies had shown that in Burkina Faso,
      Mali, Niger, Senegal and Zambia, pupils in bilingual
      schools perform better than those in monolingual
      schools in subjects like mathematics, the sciences and
      languages, including French and English.

      Conference participants will examine the findings of a
      study on mother tongue and bilingual education in
      sub-Saharan Africa commissioned by ADEA with GTZ and
      the UIE.

      This study analyses the situation in 13 African
      countries - Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia,
      Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Senegal, South
      Africa, Uganda and Zambia.


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    • Don Osborn
      FYI, the working document of the Conference on Bilingual Education and the Use of Local Languages (August 3-5, 2005, Windhoek, Namibia), entitled Optimizing
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 11, 2005
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        FYI, the working document of the Conference on Bilingual Education
        and the Use of Local Languages (August 3-5, 2005, Windhoek, Namibia),
        entitled "Optimizing Learning and Education in Africa - the Language
        Factor: A Stock-taking Research on Mother Tongue and Bilingual
        Education in Sub-Saharan Africa," can be read at
        http://www.adeanet.org/meetings/docs/conf%
        20Nam05/Eng/CompleteMTBLEReport_engl.pdf [you may have to piece this
        URL back together in your browser window]. It is quite long,
        consisting of a number of papers exploring the subject. DZO

        --- In Multilingual_Literacy@yahoogroups.com, "Donald Z. Osborn"
        <dzo@b...> wrote:
        ...
        >
        >
        > Bilingual Education in the Spotlight
        >
        > The Namibian (Windhoek)
        > NEWS
        > August 3, 2005
        > Posted to the web August 3, 2005
        >
        > By Carmen Honey
        > Windhoek
        >
        >
        > EDUCATION specialists from 17 African countries and a
        > variety of backgrounds will join educationalists from
        > France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the United Kingdom
        > and the United States for a conference on bilingual
        > education and the use of African languages in
        > education this week.
        >
        > The three-day conference takes place at the Windhoek
        > Country Club Resort from today.
        >
        > "Research has shown for the past 50 years that the use
        > of African languages in education is a vital issue for
        > the development of relevant and effective African
        > education systems," one of the organisers, the
        > Association for the Development of Education in Africa
        > (ADEA) said in a press statement ADEA, the German
        > co-operation agency GTZ, and the Unesco Institute for
        > Education (UIE) are organising the event with the
        > Ministry of Education and the French agency, AIF.
        >
        ...
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