Language and Education in Eritrea

Language and Education in Eritrea

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qThis book is about language and education in Eritrea, Eritrea is independent since 1991 and, consisting of different ethnolinguistic groups, is an intriguing example of a country that is facing the complex interdependencies of language, social mobility, ethnicity, and nationalism. It is special in the sense that it, unlike many other postcolonial African countries, in its Declaration of Policies in Education in 1991 explicitly decided for a policy of mother-tongue education in terms of the use of ethnic group languages as languages of instruction in primary education.q qThis study consists of three interconnected studies dealing with language policy, language diversity, and language use in education. The first study is a critical analysis of the present Eritrean language policy, its ideology, and its influence on education. The second is a sociolinguistic survey in which home and school language profiles of 359 primary school pupils of different ethnic groups all over the country are mapped. The last study is ethnographic in nature. It investigates the way in which language diversity in Eritrea is reflected in the interaction between teachers and pupils in primary school classrooms in which the language of instruction is either the mother tongue of the pupils or a second or third language.q--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights ReservedAmong the available evidence are a translation of the Bible, a short dictionary, and a Saho grammar. But it was not until the EPLF contemplated launching a literacy programme in all the Eritrean languages in 1984 that the Saho language ... The Kunama are surrounded by two major groups, i.e. the Tigrigna and the Tigre.

Title:Language and Education in Eritrea
Author:Chefena Hailemariam
Publisher:Aksant Academic Pub - 2002


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