Ideological, Attitudinal and Social Identity Perspectives
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Dörte Borchers - Linguistic rights and mother tongue education in post-civil war Nepal
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Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Linguistic rights and mother tongue education in post-civil war Nepal
Abstract Most of the more than 70 languages spoken in Nepal played no role in the public life of Nepal before the citizens of that country established a multi-party democracy in 1990. The Constitution of 1990, however, acknowledges Nepal’s multilingualism and mentions the state’s obligation to support the country’s languages and cultures as well as the right of Nepal’s people to be educated in their mother tongue (HMG 1990: Articles 1, 2, 18). The Interim Constitution of 2007, drafted after the civil war (1995–2006), contains further provisions regarding the use of the country’s languages for official purposes (Interim Constitution of Nepal (2063) 2007).
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