Language and children’s learning
Evidence from Eastern and Southern Africa
Global evidence has been in support of mother tongue education as a critical part of high quality education, and this major report adds to this body of knowledge.
This report reviews language policy in the 21 countries of UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Region. The report reviews established literature, analyses links between learning and language of instruction, profiles each of the 21 countries’ policies and practices on language of instruction, and provides recommendations on mother-tongue language of instruction.
There are three sets of documents: the full report, country profiles, and case studies. Note that some of the country profiles have been updated with new data on 12 May 2017. All the original data remains in the main report. The report was launched 11 July 2016.