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Optimising Learning, Education and Publishing in Africa: The Language Factor

  • Octubre 2011

UIL and ADEA present the results of a comprehensive stocktaking research project that assesses the experiences of mother tongue and bilingual formal and non-formal education in 25 sub-Saharan African countries as well as the creation of multilingual literate environments.

The authors of the study highlight that improvements in educational quality and learning outcomes derive from strong multilingual language models and socio-culturally relevant curricula which use African languages as media of instruction for at least six years. Further, they make the case that locally-based multilingual publishing will support the education sector effectively and help to develop a literate environment. Both educational quality and publishing are instrumental in African nations’ social and economic development, and in the continent’s knowledge creation and scientific development.

Through this publication, policy-makers and others interested in how language use influences education and development obtain practice-based evidence and recommendations regarding policy, language education models, teaching, assessment and learning approaches and financing strategies adapted to the sub-Saharan African context.

The study has already made considerable contributions to policy and expert dialogue in Africa. It has served as a foundation for the Policy guide on the integration of African languages and cultures into education systems (2010) as well as the evidence- and practice-based policy advocacy brief Why and how Africa should invest in African languages and multilingual education (2010).

Publishers: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)
Editors: Adama Ouane and Christine Glanz
Year of publication: 2011
No. of pages: 380
Size: 170 mm x 237 mm
ISBN: 978-92-820-1170-6
(PDF 1.256 kB)

Hard copies of the publication can be ordered from UIL Publications Department (e-mail: ).

  • Autor/Editor: Adama Ouane; Christine Glanz (editors)
  • Optimising Learning, Education and Publishing in Africa: The Language Factor
  • UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning; Association for the Development of Education in Africa, 2011
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  • Disponible en: Inglés, Francés