n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - Language as essential interface between education and development

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


Discourses on African political economy harp on corruption, bad leadership, poverty, failed state phenomenon etc, whereas the relegation of culture is one important but understudied topic because it also undermines Africa's growth and development. The treasure which indigenous languages depict remains untapped for quality education and continental integration. UNESCO estimates that 30 percent of the world's languages are spoken in Africa, with threats of extinction following declining use in homes because of preferences for foreign languages especially as classroom instruction. This undermines the internalization of development initiatives and negates the mental, linguistic and cultural development for the critical mass. This paper highlights the widespread communication gap vis-à-vis disparity between potentials and the ends to which policies are committed. In quantitative and qualitative terms, it advocates a systemic introspection for the realization of development goals.

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