Posts tagged: Education

Why are Schools Punishing Children for Speaking African Languages?

Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire looks at the various reasons for ostracising African languages in African schools and shows how unconvincing they are, arguing for more vigilance in the defence of the use of local languages in African schools. This article was originally appeared in This Is Africa. In various schools in Uganda, and some other parts of Africa, children as young as five are punished for speaking African languages, indigenous languages and mother tongues at school. The modes of punishment differ. The most common one in Uganda is wearing a dirty sack until you meet someone else speaking their mother tongue and then you pass the sack on to them. In some schools, there are specific pupils and students tasked with compiling lists of fellow pupils and students speaking mother tongues. This list is then handed over to a teacher responsible for punishing these language rule-breakers. According to Gilbert Kaburu, some ... read more

iSchool: using low cost tablets to change learning methods in Zambia

  Mark Bennett, is the Managing Director at iSchool – Zambia. iSchool is built on the belief that many of Africa’s deepest-routed problems can only be overcome through radical improvements in education. This means building a generation of thinking, problem-solving children who will be able to unlock the great potential of the Continent: who will grow economies; rethink democracy; improve health, and greatly increase the life chances of their children. This interview was initially featured on   SmartMoneyTV: What is iSchool? Mark Bennett: iSchool is an attempt to introduce modern blended e-learning in to the African context and by doing that change the way learning is done in schools.   SMTV: What are the key changes that you are trying to make in teaching? MB: We are trying to get teachers to move away from the chalkboard, to move away from their traditional way of memorised learning, and to ... read more