Haiti’s Linguistic Apartheid Violates Children’s Rights and Hampers Development

“Teaching in local languages is important for children’s rights, anti-discrimination, quality education and equal opportunity for all. Yet Haiti stands out as one of the rare nations in which there is one single language spoken by all citizens, while the school system, by and large, does not use that language as the main language of instruction and examination.”

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“Haiti’s school system could indeed be playing a very powerful role in producing and re-producing socio-economic inequalities through exclusionary linguistic practices.”

 

 

SOURCE: Degraff, Michell. “Haiti’s Linguistic Apartheid Violates Children’s Rights and Hampers Development.” Open Democracy.

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