n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - The relevance of language in the process of indigenising life skills education in South Africa : a social work perspective : IKS community development and resilience

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1683-0296



Language is perhaps the single most important factor in educational efficiency and highlights the long term consequences for academic achievement. Language enhances positive academic achievement when one learns to read and write in a language he does speak well. The article therefore seeks to highlight the importance of language in indigenizing life skills education. To this end the authors argue that effective teaching of life skills education should firstly be characterised by the use of more suitable local languages, the use of sufficient teaching techniques, a culturally adequate curriculum content and sufficient financial material resources.

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