ERIC Number: EJ954606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
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Reference Count: 9
Sustaining Mother Tongue Medium Education: An Inter-Community Self-Help Framework in Cameroon
Chiatoh, Blasius A.
International Review of Education, v57 n5-6 p583-597 Dec 2011
Advocating mother tongue education implies recognising the centrality of linguistic and cultural diversity in quality and accessible education planning and delivery. In minority linguistic settings, this need becomes particularly urgent. Decades of exclusive promotion of foreign languages have rendered the educational system incapable of guaranteeing maximum quality, accessibility and equity. Also, due to long periods of marginalisation and disempowerment, most indigenous communities are unable to undertake viable self-reliant educational initiatives. As a result, planning and management of education is not adapted to the needs and realities of target populations. What such an educational approach has succeeded in achieving is to cultivate a culture of near-total dependence and consumerism. In minority language situations where mother tongue education is still primarily in the hands of private institutions and individuals, successful planning also means influencing the perceptions and attitudes of indigenous people and systematically integrating them into the educational process. This paper discusses grass-roots mother tongue education in Cameroon. It focuses on the inter-community self-help initiative as a local response framework and argues that this initiative is a strong indication of the desire of communities to learn and promote learning in their own languages.
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Indigenous Populations, Language of Instruction, African Languages, Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Equal Education, Language Minorities, Disadvantaged, Guidelines, Second Languages
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Identifiers - Location: Cameroon