Accepted paper:

Lost in Translation? Revisiting Decolonization Project in Nigerian Education

Authors:

Oluwaseun Afolabi (IFRA-Nigeria/ University of Ibadan)

Paper short abstract:

The focus of this paper is to re-examine the mantra on decolonization of Nigerian education. The paper seeks to examine the reasons behind the failure of the call for decolonization of Nigerian education and how can English language be decolonized. Also, explorative research design was adopted.

Paper long abstract:

The focus of this paper is to re-examine the mantra on decolonizing Nigerian education. Several projects (such as Fafunwa education project) have been carried out by scholars on how to decolonize teaching and learning in Nigerian education system, yet nothing has change. In fact, we are using colonial language to discuss decolonization. This posed great challenge to Nigerian languages in which students are taught and learn through colonial language. Also, lack of enabling environment to teaching and learning, and political will compound the problems of Nigerian education. The paper raises some questions which include what is the prospect for African languages in teaching and learning? What challenges colonial language posed to education in Nigeria? Is there any possibility of using African languages in teaching and learning where most African countries use colonial language(s) as official and medium of instruction? Is decolonization possible in teaching and learning in Nigerian education? The justification of this study hinges on the fact that Nigerian education is still been colonized despite several postulation by scholars and to the detriment of indigenous African languages. Thus, the paper seeks to examine the reasons behind the failure of the call for decolonization of Nigerian education and how can English language be decolonized. In addition, explorative research design was adopted.

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Politics and International Relations
Decolonization and pedagogy - disruptions and connections in the classroom