Attending to the voice of people at all levels involved in mother tongue education – a case of two minority languages in Ethiopia


This paper reports on a qualitative research study conducted to obtain opinions about mother tongue education from members of two minority language communities in Ethiopia and other stakeholders. The study sought the opinions of representatives from the Ministry of Education, lecturers at teacher training colleges, as well as parents, community members and teachers. Six major themes arose from the research, which provided insight into reasons why mother tongue education could be either successful or unsuccessful.


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Author Biographies

Anna Johanna Hugo, University for South Africa
Research associate and emeritus professor in the Department of Language Education, Arts and Culture, Univeristy of South Africa
Mesfin Zeme, Ex-student of the University of South Africa
Mesfin Zeme has been working in language teaching for non-profit organisations in Ethiopia for many years. At present he is the Director of Language Programs and Multilingual Education at SIL Ethiopia.