Edited By Beth Blue Swadener, Laura Lundy, Janette Habashi and Natasha Blanchet-Cohen
8 Restoring Indigenous Languages and the Right to Learn in a Familiar Language: A Case of Black South African Children
Context of the Study on the Experiences of Mother Tongue Instruction in the Foundation Phase
Restoring Indigenous Languages and the Right to Learn in a Familiar Language
A Case of Black South African Children
Nkidi Phatudi & Mokgadi Moletsane
According to BBC News, the grandmother of a well-known mother tongue activist used to speak in a language that no one understood. When they asked their mother, she would say that grandmother is speaking to God. The language was Oromo, an Ethiopian language. Grandmother landed in SA as a slave in the 1800s and had no one to speak the language with. She only reconnected with who she was by speaking the language to herself. Being far away from her land of birth, she reconnected with her past through her mother tongue, her only identity in a foreign land! (BBC News, 25 August, 2011)
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