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Childrenʼs Rights and Education

International Perspectives


Edited By Beth Blue Swadener, Laura Lundy, Janette Habashi and Natasha Blanchet-Cohen

This book compares ways in which children’s rights in, to, and through education, formal and informal, are viewed and implemented in a variety of social and political contexts, aiming to shed light on how policies and practices can improve equal access to high quality education in an environment which is respectful of children’s rights. Chapters focus on understanding the opportunities for and challenges of addressing children’s rights to participation and to inclusion. Authors draw from a variety of disciplines, including critical and cultural studies of childhood, and bring internationally comparative policy perspectives to share nuanced and contrasting examples of ways in which a rights-based approach to education might empower children and youth. The book deepens and complicates research on children’s education rights, and will contribute to courses in comparative education, childhood studies, education policy, and children’s rights.
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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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