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Devonish, Hubert
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Vernacular language rights in education
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Promoting Child Rights Through Research : Caribbean Child Research Conference
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October 23-24, 2007
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Jamaica Conference Center, Kingston, Jamaica
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Abstract
This paper examines the issue of language education policy within the Commonwealth Caribbean from the perspective of the rights of children. The international conventions which address language rights are examined in the light of the 1953 UNESCO report on vernacular languages in education. Subsequent research and discussions on the issue as well as the conventions are also applied to the situation of vernacular languages in the Creole speaking Caribbean. The peculiarities of these situations are addressed, notably the fact that Creole languages are not necessarily viewed by their own speakers as languages in their own right, and that speakers may actually consider discrimination as justified The focus of the study was pupils in primary education in Jamaica in grades 1-4. A review of the literature concerning the extent to which the language rights of Creole speakers in the education system are violated was completed. We propose options that would respect the rights of these pupils such as the full bilingual educational approach SESSION 3 Panel....
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