Members of the National Commission of Cameroon for UNESCO, the National Commission for Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, Ministries in charge of education and linguistics and other bodies in charge of promoting the mother tongue in Cameroon are exchanging notes in a two-day workshop.
The workshop which runs from February 13 to 14, 2020 aims at coming up with a feasible strategy to promote and implement the use of the mother tongue in the educational system in Cameroon.
Feasibility of this Endeavour in a Country with over 200 Languages
Cameroon is referred to as Africa in miniature due to its diverse culture, coupled with many languages.
The idea of successfully teaching a mother tongue in schools may seem complex but officials of the linguistic sector as well as researchers say it is possible.
The Director of the National Centre for Education in the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Prof Stephen Mforteh expatiates on this.
#UNESCO #Cameroon The Director of the National Centre for Education in the Ministry of Scientific Research and…
Example of a Sucess Story
Introducing and using the mother tongue in schools has been successfully implemented in some African countries including Mali and Burkina Faso.
The Regional Director and Representative of the UNESCO office in Nigeria, Ydo Yao shares the Burkinabe story.
#UNESCO #Cameroon The Regional Director and Representative of the UNESCO office in Abuja, Ydo Yao shares the story of how Burkina Faso introduced the mother tongue in its educational system.
Recommendations For Successful Implementation
To Ydo Yao, if a country intends to successfully implement the use of the mother tongue in school, she should ensure the following:
1. Political engagement. There should be texts and laws on language and their use should be insisted upon.
2. The relationship between language and the soicety should be clearly spelled out.
3. There should be sensitisation and lobbying carried out through a communication strategy.
4. Reinforcement of human resources (train trainers).
5. Elaboration of an adapted curriculum. The local cultures should be taken into consideration.
6. Production of adequate didatic material. Books should be published by home publishers.
7. Investment in pedagogic research, especially in languages that are not written.
8. Mobilisation of adequate resources.
9. Elaboration of a follow-up and evaluation strategy.
It is worth mentioning that this workshop is a follow-up of the first one organized in October 2019.
#UNESCO #Cameroon UNESCO Regional Coordinator for Education in Central Africa, Hilaire Mputu talks about a two-day…
The Director of Plannification, Projects and Cooperation at the Ministry of Basic Education, Lisette Elobo chaired the ceremony to open discussions on February 13, 2020.
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