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Title:Educational Publishing in African Languages, with a Focus on Swahili in Kenya
Authors:Ogechi, Nathan O.
Bosire-Ogechi, Emily
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Kenya
teaching methods
Swahili language
Education and Oral Traditions
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
External link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol11num2/ogechi.pdf
Abstract:This paper stresses the importance of more educational publications in Swahili in order to advance educational and national development. It acknowledges that education is not only a capital investment in the development of human resources but that it also contributes immensely to the development of a nation. However, educational development cannot be achieved without support services such as books in all fields and in a language that is readily understood by many people. This paper shows that Swahili, the national and co-official language of Kenya, can play an important role in the production of educational publications. It explores the extent of publishing in Swahili and other African languages for various educational levels in Kenya, namely children's books, school textbooks, tertiary level, special education and adult education books, and fiction. While appreciating that there exist few publications in Swahili, the paper argues that Kenya stands to gain a lot if it assigns Swahili a larger role but, at the same time, it cautions against downplaying the international significance of English. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]