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Loyola University Chicago

Publication Date

Fall 2017

Program Name

Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development

Abstract

This research seeks to understand the implementation of mother tongue language education, specifically within the Baka community. Research was conducted in a Baka village called Mintoum over a three week period. By working with a non profit organization, information was gathered in hopes to improve the education of the Baka. Interviews were conducted to better understand, how these booklets affected not only the child’s education but also the parents’ reaction to books in their language. There was also an observation process conducted to see how the application of these booklets took place within a new Baka run preschool program “Chasing Two Rabbits at Once”. By also working with other Baka education organizations, it was found that these groups need to work together to achieve a common goal. Mother tongue education is not an easy process, but necessary to give these children the best chance to succeed in education. The booklets with the right application process will be beneficial to not only the child but also the community.

Disciplines

African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Early Childhood Education | Educational Sociology | Indigenous Education | Language and Literacy Education | Modern Languages | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures

 

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