New energy for bilingual education in SA schools

New energy for bilingual education in SA schools

In March this year, Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga announced the government’s plan to introduce Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education for all South African children. We welcome this direction by the DBE and wrote a piece in The Conversation outlining...
iSayensi Yethu: bilingual Science learning materials

iSayensi Yethu: bilingual Science learning materials

As the year draws to an uncertain close, we have some good news to share. In the latter half of 2021 bua-lit initiated its first materials development project. iSayensi Yethu is a project conceptualised and produced by bua-lit members and affiliates along with new...
Kaaps and the Professor

Kaaps and the Professor

In this Afrikaans/Kaaps interview Prof Dyers describes her upbringing in Elim, Western Cape, and how she struggled to choose a ‘mother tongue’ on school forms as she and her family used many different varieties in her home. She is a ‘Kaapse kind’ but adapts to...
Translanguaging activities for high school teachers

Translanguaging activities for high school teachers

Some South African student teachers began their first and only teaching practice for the year this week in schools. As well as the novel challenges that Covid-19 has thrown their way, they are faced with the usual questions about the language practices they observe in...
Gugulethu Nxumalo’s open letter to Minister Motshekga

Gugulethu Nxumalo’s open letter to Minister Motshekga

    Here is an open letter to Minister Angie Motshekga written by 12 year old Gugulethu Nxumalo. This is a perfect example of the kind of writing that young children are capable of from a young age. It is important for children to know they can use their...
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