A bill has recently been published in South Africa that will make schools in the area offer only one language. This Education Amendment Bill would take many languages out of children's education, therefore leading some to become endangered or even extinct. Leaders like Panyaza Lesufi say "There is no way, no way that the education of our own people can be compromised clearly because some people want to preserve their privileges.” However, taking the other languages away from teaching dismisses opportunities for students to learn about more diverse lessons such as the culture a language emanates. The leaders making this bill have stated that with enough public support, they are willing to change it. With the help of UNESCO to get the word out about this issue and work to keep multi-language schools, this would very well help in the preservation of South African languages.
This article describes how learning multiple languages challenges the brain and offers lasting mental benefits. It has even been proven to improve cognitive and social-emotional development, learning, and the chances for long-term success.
In this article it shows how multi-language schools in other areas of the world have positively affected its students. It is an example of what the schools of South Africa could continue to become without the new bill.
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This article describes the importance of different languages and how each can represent a different culture. Therefore, we should be trying to preserve them by continuing to let students learn and speak them in school.
This article shows the history behind the debate about the amount of languages in schools. This is not an easy fight to win, proving that UNESCO's help is needed now more than ever in order to put this to an end.