Giving Space to African Voices

Rights in Local Languages and Local Curriculum

  • Editors
  • Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite

Part of the Comparative and International Education book series (CIEDV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Localization of Instruction and Curriculum Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite, Macleans A. Geo-Jaja
      Pages 3-19
    3. Ousseina Alidou
      Pages 67-82
  3. Rights to Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Samir Amin
      Pages 85-92
    3. Ladislaus M. Semali
      Pages 107-129
    4. Jerome Ikechukwu Okonkwo
      Pages 131-146
  4. Linguistic Rights in Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Julitha C. John
      Pages 163-171
    3. Francisco Gomes De Matos
      Pages 217-217

About this book


This book sets out to bring voices of the South to the debate on localization of education and makes the case that it should be considered a right in education. Despite all the scientifically-based evidence on the improved quality of education through the use of a local language and local knowledge, English as a language of instruction and “Western” knowledge based curriculum continue to be used at all educational levels in many developing nations. This means that in many African countries, the goal of rights to education is becoming increasingly remote, let alone that of rights in education. With this understanding and with the awareness of the education challenges of millions of children throughout Africa, the authors argue that local curriculum through local languages needs to be valued and to be preserved, and that children need to be prepared for the world in a language that promotes understanding. The authors make a clear case that policy makers are in a position to work towards a quality education for all as part of a more comprehensive right-based approach. We owe it to the children of the South to offer the best quality education possible in order to achieve social justice.


Local curriculum Local languages Rights in education

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