ERIC Number: ED198515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Multilingualism and Educational Development: (The Fate of the Child in a Developing Country).
James, Sybil L.
Noting that reading development is a crucial factor in breaking down social, intellectual, and political barriers, this paper uses Nigeria as an example of a developing multilingual country in order to examine the problems and challenges that learners and educators in multilingual societies face. The discussion is focused on children at the primary school level who use one or two languages at home and in the community and have to learn and use another at school. Information is provided on (1) multilingualism in Sub-Sahara Africa, (2) reading development and multilingualism, (3) practice and problems in reading development in Nigeria, and (4) implications for global development. The paper notes the need for more printed material in all languages of the region--the indigenous languages as well as the official language. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Africa (Sub Sahara); Nigeria
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the World Congress of the World Council for Curriculum Instruction Development Academy of the Philippines (December 1980-January 1981).