Globalisation and the Mother Tongue in Uganda: An examination of public perceptions to native languages in education today
by Venansio Ahabwe
About the author
Venansio Ahabwe, born in 1968, holds MA in Social Sector Planning and Management, Bachelor of Education, and diplomas in Education and Employment Law. He teaches English and Literature and has worked for NGOs in Uganda, Tanzania, and Malawi. He currently works with Johns Hopkins University Health Communication Partnership project, Uganda.
About the book
Western education, introduced in Uganda during the 19th century, was synonymous with the English language. At the dawn of the 21st century, however, government has adopted a policy that aims to place native languages at the centre of basic (primary) education. Challenges abound though. Mother tongue teachers, literature and basic instructional materials are largely nonexistent. Citizens are used to an education that encouraged learning through and knowledge of English. Migration, intermarriages, and urbanisation have mingled people of diverse origins to disorient their mother tongues. Increased exposure to worldwide affairs has persuaded the community that, as members of ?a globalised world’, they ought to be introduced to ?a global language’ early in life.They do not know a country that has successfully implemented multilingualism. This book highlights the need for policy makers, curriculum developers, linguists and educationists to embrace participatory planning approaches to derive wider stakeholder input, consensus, ownership and long-term support of public programmes.
February 7, 2020