These little children are made to wear Sacks and stand in isolation for several hours for speaking their native languages instead of the colonizers’ languages!
This is so common a practice across Africa and I personally was a victim of this abuse for several times when I was a child. Since I couldn’t speak English, I had no option than to remain muted for the entire 7-school -hours for 5 days in every week.
I know how this can kill a child’s confidence and undermines his or her development.
We Punish the African Child for Speaking her naturally given mother Language.
Why preventing the African child from developing her full potentials by preventing him from speaking his own language?
Let us not forget that language is one of the most important (if not the most important) drive for development.
At the macro level, language is used for communication, sharing of information, and transferring knowledge.
However, the most important functions of language occur at the micro-level; cognitive tasks. Here, it is used in forming imaginations and translate that into innovations and inventions.
Some scientific studies on language and development have concluded that it takes 5 times an effort to use a second language compared to using a first language.
This means that individuals and societies that use first languages have as high as 500% chances of developing innovations and invention than those who depend on second languages for their development.
This cannot be too difficult to validate, as it is clear in principle that no country on the planet has ever achieved a developed status while using the language of others’.
Africa is gradually losing focus; we have come to equate colonial languages to intelligence and capabilities. The better the child is able to speak English or French, the higher his or her intelligence we make children feels.
Unfortunately, many young children in our society have had their dreams shattered because they were not able to perform excellently in these colonial languages. The sad truth is that, we may never develope so long as we keep our development’s paths with these languages.
For once we should be proud of our own languages and learn other languages if we can.”
My name is Kwadwo Agyei Yeboah. You can always connect with me on Facebook to talk about Africa