Speaking my Mother’s Language at School: The Greatest Crime of the African Child

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

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3 thoughts on “Speaking my Mother’s Language at School: The Greatest Crime of the African Child

  • May 3, 2020 at 12:33 am
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    Punishing a child for speaking their mother tongue and not in the colonizer’s language is DIGUSTING.I already started writing and publishing books which make a statement that the colonizer’s language is jus a language, just like my mother tongue, hence I wrote freely delving into my mother tonguuuuanyimiflliandu8ended up with some chapters/passages in my mother tongue and others in the colonizers language… jus rigger e colonizer’s curiosity and make the colonizer want to find out the meaning of te bits which are in my mother tongue and that in a way pressurises them to respek and learn my mother tongue in one way or another. One of my books has like 60% in my mother tongue. FULL STOP

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    • May 3, 2020 at 12:36 am
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      pardon
      any typing error s, like ‘rigger’ should read as ‘trigger’
      ‘ tonguuuuanyimiflliandu8ended should read as ‘tongue and ended up ‘

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  • May 3, 2020 at 10:36 am
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    I think Africa’s so called middle class think that if you speak a foreign language will make you special and make things go around. The fact is, the biggest number of successful people in our communities, didnt make it to colleague or university. Most dropped out of school and an early stage, took on dirty jobs, gained skills, made money, bought land and property, reinvested in day-to-day businesses and they are now running the show.

    Communities must drop the thinking that all that is foreign and English is greater that our own.

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