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Title:Special issue: African languages, education and sustainable development
Editor:Kamwendo, Gregory
Periodical:Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa (ISSN 1022-8195)
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
South Africa
Subjects:language policy
languages of instruction
sustainable development
cultural pluralism
conference papers (form)
Abstract:The papers in this special issue were earlier presented at a conference on African languages in the context of the UN decade for Education for Sustainable Development, which was held at the University of Botswana on 7-9 July 2008. The first paper, by Gregory Kamwendo, considers the linguistic implications of the implementation of the SADC Protocol on Education and Training (1997). Theophilus Mooko focuses on the language policy and practices employed by government and non-government agencies in public education on environmental issues in Botswana. He observes that Botswana's language policy only allows for the use of English and Setswana as media for education. Anne-Marie Beukes explores some of the reasons why, in spite of the exemplary fashion in which democratic South Africa responded to the constitutional imperatives pertaining to language, policy implementation has been slow, and there has been a gap between 'intention' and 'performance'. Lily Mafela deals with code-switching in history classrooms in Botswana, and the last two articles, by Annah Molosiwa and Rosaleen Nhlekisana, focus on the management of cultural diversity in Botswana's education system. [ASC Leiden abstract]