Why and how Africa should invest
in African languages and multilingual education
Unesco Institute for Lifelong Learning
English, French, Spanish, Kiswahili
Good quality learning is not only about becoming more competent, polyvalent and productive but also about nurturing diversity and being well rooted in one’s culture and traditions, while adapting to the
unknown and being able to live with others.
This advocacy brief seeks to show the pivotal role of languages in achieving such learning. It aims in particular to dispel prejudice and confusion about African languages, and exposes the often hidden attempt to discredit them as being an obstacle to learning. It draws on research and practice to argue what kind of language policy in education would be most appropriate for Africa.
The design was based around the typography and iconography of African scripts. I used thumbnails and descriptions for the reader to be able to at least appreciate in part the rich history and beauty of African scripts.